Reflections 02/28/2019

Deaths this week: Cindy Ann Blackburn, J. Warren Fox, Mabel Leigh Cutter, Lois J. Ralston.



  Deaths this week: Cindy Ann Blackburn, J. Warren Fox, Mabel Leigh Cutter, Lois J. Ralston.

  The 71st annual “Ohio Valley Choral Festival” was held in the Switzerland County High School gym. More than 500 choral students from nine different high schools came for a rehearsal during the day; and then concluded the event with a concert in the evening. The combined choir was under the direction of Dr. Paul Torkelson. The festival was established in 1937 by Harold Rothert of Madison. Martha Bannister of Vevay served on the founding organizing committee, and the first festival was held in May of 1938.

  The Switzerland County boys basketball team was readying to enter Sectional play. The Pacers were participating in the Class 2A Sectional #44 hosted by North Decatur High School, but the games were being played at Greensburg High School due to seating. The Pacers, entering the Sectional with a record of 16-5, drew South Ripley as their first round opponent.

  Kyle Weaver has been named as the new Purdue Extension Educator for Switzerland County. Having spent 10 years in the classroom teaching agriculture at Switzerland County High School, Weaver returns to Switzerland County after spending time as the assistant principal at Madison Junior High School. His new duties include serving as the Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources and Youth Development. A native of Rising Sun, Weaver resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Tammy, and sons Brett and Brandon.

  Marine Private Jamie Gillis has completed Marine Basic Training. A 2008 graduate of Switzerland County High School, Gillis is the son of Susan and Don Mahan of Vicksburg, Mississippi, formerly of Vevay; and Mike Gillis, also of Vicksburg.

   Winners of the coloring contest sponsored by Farm Bureau, Inc., included: from Switzerland County Elementary School: Jaelyn Hemingway, Hannah Queen, Brooke Johnson, Tyler Sloan, Emily DeSonia, Ariel Oeffinger, Damien Day, and Caitlyn Epperson. From Jefferson-Craig Elementary School: Keagan Turner, Brenden Otter, Hanna Lime, Dylan Jenkins, Kyle Whitham, Emma Giglio, Allison Rent, and Mary Clark.

  Switzerland County was well represented in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Skills Challenge Regional Competition held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All four kids from Switzerland County who participated in the even won their age group: Riley Phagan, Austin Clark, Courtney Pedraza, and Mallory Phagan.

  The Switzerland County YMCA congratulated Gaige Cohen for completing more than 50 hours of volunteer work both at the YMCA and throughout the community. He is a member of the YMCA’s “Next Era” club.

  Rachel Gurley was honored as the 2009 “Queen of Hearts” at Switzerland County High School. The pageant is coordinated each year by the Switzerland County FFA. Chelsea Duvall was the first runner up; Kelly Kincaid was the second runner up; and Jessie Ray was honored as Miss Congeniality.

  Robert Lock and family were honored by the State of Indiana with the “Hoosier Homestead Award”, which is given in recognition of family farms that have existed from more than 100 years. Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. State Senator Jim Lewis, and Indiana Agriculture Director Anne Hazlett made the presentation.

  Chris See was named as the new Switzerland County Health and Safety Coordinator through the Switzerland County Health Department. In his new duties, See will oversee disaster preparedness, and will make sure that the county’s emergency systems are all working in proper sequence. The 2001 graduate of Switzerland County High School is a six-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


  Deaths this week: Betty Haskell, Harold Christman, Marian Janes, Leonard Whittaker, Frances Stopher, Donald Smither, Helen Grimes, Florence Fletcher. 

  Shawn Zackary Wainscott was born on September 29, 1998, at Dearborn County Hospital. He is the son of Shawn Wainscott and Jenny Brindley, both of near Moorefield.

  Isaac Raymond Kappes  was born on September 5th, 1998 at Kings Daughters Hospital. He is the son of Naomi Seebauer and Brian Kappes, both of Versailles. 

  Glenn Gosnell, Jr., graduated recently from Vincennes University with an associate’s degree in science in the field of restaurant and food service management.


  Direnda Ray, wife of Mickey Ray and the mother of Mickie Lynn Ray and Emy Jo Ray has made the dean’s list at Mt. Saint Joseph College in Cincinnati. She is in her second year of college. She is studying to be a high school English teacher. Her parents are Deloris and Bob Bovard. Libby and Vernon Ray are her in-laws.

  Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Romans will be guest of honor for their 50th wedding anniversary. There will be an open house at the Fellowship Hall of the Rising Sun Church of Christ on March 12th.


  Bonnie A. Cutter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold J. Cutter, Bennington, has earned grades of distinction to qualify her for the first semester Honor Roll at Indiana Central University. She is a 1978 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bray of Vevay will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary March 20th. An open house will be held at the Spring Branch Baptist Church Sunday, March 11th.

  Mr. and Mrs. William Konkle of Vevay announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Kathy to Dennis Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown, also of Vevay. The wedding is to take place Friday, March 30th, in the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.


  Leonard Lock who has been nominated to”Who’s Who Among Students” in American Junior Colleges, according to the Office of Public Relations at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he is a student in his sophomore year. Leonard Lock is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lock of route 3, Vevay.

  U.S. Army Sergeant Allen R. Edwards, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse D. Edwards of route 2, Vevay, was assigned January 24th to the 2nd Armored Division as a team leader. 

  Brothers Pfc. Renny Koons and Sergeant E-F Rex Koons celebrated their 21st birthdays last Thursday while the twins were serving with the U.S. Army and stationed on opposite sides of the globe. The twins are the youngest sons of Mrs. Elva Koons of Patriot.

  United Telephone Company of Indiana, Inc., with general offices in Warsaw, will invest $167,000 within the Lawrenceburg district during 1969, according to an announcement by H.E. Purcell, Jr., district manager.

  Private E-1 Ronald Houze graduated February 14th from basic training at the U.S. Army’s training center in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and has been stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, in engineering school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Houze of Vevay.


  Mrs. James Pommerehn of near pleasant has received the civil service appointment as secretary of the Switzerland County Selective Service Board. Mrs. Pommerehn was one of 29 applicants who took the civil service examination for the position.

  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in Vevay for Dr. George E. Ellerbrook, 50, who died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday night of last week.

  The Eggleston Club of Vevay in cooperation with the Vevay School chapter of the Future Farmers of America is again this year sponsoring a tree planting program int he interest of beautification of the community, free of charge. Sapling trees will be planted on the property of any homeowner in Vevay upon request by members of the FFA. 


  The Moore Package Store on Ferry Street was sold Friday by the owner, Raymond Moore, to J.C. Southworth of near Vevay. Mr. Southworth will continue to reside on his farm east of Vevay and the store will be managed by Mrs. Charles Danner.

  A stray dog, which proved to be rabid, attacked and bit four milk cows at the farm of Hollis Boyd on Tapps Ridge last week before it was killed. Several dogs belonging to Mr. Boyd were also bitten by the mad dog.

  Harold Kiesel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kiesel of Vevay, was a successful contestant on the “Strike It Rich”, radio program in New York City Tuesday evening. When his name was called from the state, he appeared and correctly answered the questions and won a grand award of $700.

  A baby daughter, Janet Lynn, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 3/4 ounces, was born Sunday morning at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Buchanan (nee Leah Snyder) of Rising Sun.


  The Vevay Public School reopened here Monday after having been closed the previous week in an effort to curb the flu epidemic.

  Born to Elmer White and wife of Drakes Ridge February 25th, a son David Leon.

  Russell Pickett, Vevay referee, has been assigned to Greensburg district where 13 teams will compete.


  Cal Romans, Vevay blacksmith and wood worker, had three fingers on his right hand mangled in a planer at his shop Monday.

  Herbert Sigmon of Seymour has been visiting relatives on Parks Ridge. He is assistant principal of the junior high school and is assistant basketball coach.

  A group of very enthusiastic ladies met Tuesday evening, February 19th, in Mrs. Gretchen Cole’s law office to organize a music club. It will be know as the Vevay Music Club and officers are president, Mrs. Robena Ferguson; vice president, Mrs. Mignoette Coleman; secretary, Mrs. Marvel Griffith; treasurer, Mrs. Mayme Detraz. The executive committee is Mrs. Hazel Hines, Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Edna Broadwell.

  Everett Graham who has been in the Madison hospital for several weeks with injuries received when he was struck by a car several weeks ago, was able to return home this week.


  A fine horse belonging to G. M. Dodd of Jacksonville fell into a cistern one day last week and only the prompt assistance of neighbors saved it from drowning.

  Clyde Reeves of East Enterprise received a painful head injury when he was struck by a falling timber.

  Louis Lakeman has purchased the old hotel property in East Enterprise now occupied by Alex Elliston.

  A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bowman of East Enterprise. 


  John W. Knox who purchased the Froman stock of clothing last week has rented the room in the new Deposit Bank Building and will remove the store to that point at once.

  F.P. Dupraz, manager of the Vevay Farmer’s Telephone exchange has at last succeeded in obtaining a long distance connection with the Bell Telephone. 


  Wesley Rutherford, aged 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rutherford, aged 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Rutherford residing on Indian Creek, was accidentally shot when he fell and a shotgun he was carrying was discharged. Although seriously injured, he is expected to recover.

  Mrs. Harry Wallace has opened a bakery in the Pleasants Building on Ferry Street.


  The editor, W.J. Baird, started for Washington last Tuesday to witness the inauguration of General U.S. Grant as President of the United States.

  The City Council met Monday night with I. Stevens, President, presiding. Henry A. Downey was appointed corporation attorney and Daniel M. Roberts, corporation assessor.

  The various religious denominations will me at the Presbyterian Church today to offer prayer for the peace and prosperity of our nation during the coming four years of President Grant’s administration.


  Mr. John Shadday, 103 years, died near Bennington on February 12th. He was born in Orange County, North Carolina and came to this county in 1814. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His wife, 80 years old, survives him.

  Mr. Cheatham will commence his singing school at the Odd Fellows Hall Thursday night.

  The dwelling house of E. Abbott in Center Square burned to the ground yesterday. He carried no insurance.