September: Robbery and kidnap

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(1) A robbery at the Markland Shell station near the Markland Dam ended up as a kidnapping when the suspect, identified as Terrance T. Young of Memphis, Tennessee; took store employees James Dobbs and Kendall Otter hostage as he made his getaway. The car was stopped near Cincinnati, with neither hostage being harmed.

(2) Patrick Bauer, Speaker of the House of the Indiana Legislature, visited Switzerland County as a guest of state representative Bob Bischoff. The speaker outlined what he saw as pressing issues facing the state, including property tax relief.

(3) A local Boy Scout troop reported on their summer expedition to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. Attending were chaperones Bob Meyer, Eric Cole, and Danny Hon; and Scouts: Tray Meyer, Clay Meyer, Josh Hon, Tanner Ross, Mikhail Cole, Luis Alcocer, Corey McFarland, and Quinn Meyer.

(4) Lauretta Borgman, Allensville Community Correspondent for Vevay Newspapers for more than 60 years, celebrated her 90th birthday.

(5) The town of Patriot held an emotional remembrance ceremony marking the anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. Mike Jones, pastor at Patriot Baptist Church and president of the Switzerland County Council, was the featured speaker.

(6) Switzerland County Tourism unveiled new signs at the entrances to the county and also the entrances to various Switzerland County communities. The new signs share a common design, which will help pull the different areas of the county together as visitors come to the area.

(7) The summer drought continued to plague Switzerland County, as farmers were bracing for lower yields at harvest time because of the lack of rain. Farm animals were also affected.

(8) Candidates for the Versailles Pumpkin Show from Switzerland County High School were Brandon Otter and Emilee Waldron; while Devon Armstrong and Sara Bovard will represent their classmates at the Aurora Farmers Fair.

(9) The Switzerland County School Board voted to cancel the rollover provision in the contract of school superintendent Tracy Caddell. The contract did contain a five-year rollover provision, but the board put the superintendent on notice that it may make a change with the vote.

(10) The Switzerland County Animal Shelter was nearly complete and ready to house animals. The shelter is located at the highway garage off of McCreary’s Ridge near East Enterprise, and will be managed by Terry Scudder and Keli Hall.