50 YEARS AGO
February 8th, 1968
A delegation of property owners who reside in the vicinity of the purposed land-fill location were in attendance at the regular city council meeting Tuesday evening, February 7th. Richard Weigand, supervisor of Hilltop Gravel Company, also a property owner residing near the suggested landfill plot was the spokesman for the group. Mr. Weigand questioned city attorney Henry Pictor of the merits of having this landfill operation such a distance away from the city of Rising Sun and would there be any assurance this operation would be maintained properly, for if not done so, it would be a liability to their residences and farm land. Mr. Pictor advised the group that in accordance with the state laws and sanitary regulations the present refuse location at the fairgrounds must be eliminated by January, 1969.
Mayor Don Works says a serious warning was issued by council about a situation that is extremely dangerous, whereby too many vehicles have been around the city building whenever there is a fire alert, making it very difficult for the volunteer firemen to get to their fire-fighting equipment and truck. It was also stated that in the future whenever the emergency vehicles are on a mission that any motorist following too closely will be sited and prosecuted fully to the extent of the law if in any way they hamper the operations of the firefighters or rescue group.
Two large barns were destroyed by fire near town Monday night. Fire was discovered by a passing motorist about 8:15 Monday night at the Dick Hastings farm on State Road 56 about two miles south of town. The barn was completely destroyed and he lost two horses, corn, hay, and a wagon. About 15 minutes later a barn belonging to Lowell Bliss, located on Salem Ridge at the top of Bogus Hollow Hill about two miles west of town was discovered on fire. It was also completely destroyed along with machinery and a few head of cattle suffered burns. The Aurora Fire Department was called to standby at the Rising Sun station. An arson team from the State Fire Marshal’s office, Indianapolis, is investigating at the sites of both fires.
The IHSAA Board of Controls has acted on two changes which affect the sectional tourney in this area. Games will be played on Wednesday, February 21st; Thursday, February 22nd; and Saturday, February 24th – no games on Friday. This year season tickets for a four-session tourney will cost $3.50 for students and adults. The Lawrenceburg sectional will operate on Eastern Standard Time. The IHSAA and school officials of all participating sectional tourney teams have set forth the following rules and restrictions which are to be honored by all student and adult fans. The doors will open 45 minutes before game time each session. Pass-outs will be issued between halves and between games only. Flashlight pictures of the players shall not be taken during the progress of the games, except where photographers use speed light cameras. All fans must be seated at all times. Fans are not to leave their seats until the end of a game or half time. No one will be admitted to their seats while the ball is in play. Banners, posters, cards, shakers, and pom-poms are not allowed. Instruments and noise makers are not allowed. No Cokes will be allowed in the gym. The assignment of game officials and their decisions will be considered final. Infractions of any of the above rules would reflect upon the school rather than on the individual offender.
Births: Sgt. and Mrs. Max E. Scalf, Jr. are the parents of a son, weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces born Friday, February 2nd at RAF Lakenheath, West Sufford, England and has been named Nicholas Edwin; born to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Zerkle at Dearborn County Hospital Monday morning, February 5th a son weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces and has been named Douglas Anson.
100 YEARS AGO
February 7th, 1918
The river remains gorged with ice from Sugar Creek for 50 miles upstream. On Friday the ice moved and the Cochran Coal derrick and the ferry boat were wrecked. Hay, tobacco, etc., have been moved from the Keeney Warehouses.
Miss Mary Deck, a Rising Sun High School senior, is staying at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Uhlmansiek to attend school. She is unable to reach her home below town because of the ice gorge in the river.