(1) The Patriot Water Company officially broke ground on its $4.75 million upgrade of its services. The improvements will include the installation of more than 20 miles of new water mains, and is expected to be completed by November of 2007.

(2) Andrew Ross sent a special email to Vevay Newspapers, which reflected on his first year as a member of the Peace Corps. He is serving in South Africa; and is the son of Steve and Barbara Fletcher.

(3) Two county teachers were honored by the Indiana American Legion as “Educators of the Year” for the entire ninth district of legion posts.

Sheila Gault, a math teacher at the middle school, was honored as the “Secondary Educator of the Year”; while Jefferson-Craig first grade teacher Jacquita Lanman was named the “Elementary Educator of the Year”. District 9 is the state’s largest district, encompassing 33 school districts in Southern Indiana.

(4) The Switzerland County Health Department and Public Health Coordinator Rocky Hollingsworth held a town hall meeting to discuss the county’s preparedness in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak.

Experts told county officials about the processes already in place, but stressed that the county itself must have a plan and be ready, because little help can be expected at the state and national level if a pandemic occurs.

(5) All of Switzerland County mourned the loss of Steve Adams. Steve Adams was a member of the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, and had been a law enforcement officer here for more than 30 years.

Tributes poured out from all around the county as news of his passing spread, and his patrol car was placed in front of the county jail in a show of respect.

(6) The Switzerland County High School boys varsity soccer team captured the championship of the Bearcat Classic in Kentucky. Tony Spoores is the team’s coach.

(7) Pumpkin Show king and queen candidates from Switzerland County High School included Jordan Pavy and Ashley Bright; while T.J. Sefton and Sydney Pike will represent their classmates at the Aurora Farmers Fair.

(8) Carolyn “Sarah” Harris, 39, of Upper Goose Creek Road near Patriot, was killed when a scooter that she was riding on State Road 156 was struck by a vehicle driven by Charles “Shorty” Brameier of Quercus Grove.

(9) The community’s annual “Sleepy Hollow” celebration was held under warm and sunny skies as many crafters and other vendors showed their items around the Switzerland County Courthouse.

(10) The town of Vevay completed its storm sewer project along East Seminary Street. The new storm sewers will greatly reduce chances of flooding along the area; and also made the street a little wider, which won’t receive any complaints from motorists going up and down the narrow street.