January: Tracy Caddell leaves

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(1) Switzerland County School Superintendent Tracy Caddell said goodbye to the community as he began his new duties as superintendent of the Eastern Howard School Corporation.

Darin Gullion was named interim superintendent as the school board began its search.

(2) The Switzerland County Commissioners passed a controversial ordinance involving horses and horse-drawn vehicles on county roadways.

Much of the ordinance was later revoked following input from the community.

(3) Earning the highest scores in their grade level on the Americanism and Government test were seniors Nathan Hickman and Tifanie Rider and juniors Zach Osowski and Emily Lanman.

The test is sponsored by the Vevay American Legion Post #185.

(4) The third grade at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School were ranked as the top in the state after results of Indiana’s ISTEP tests were revealed.

There are 1,103 elementary schools in Indiana.

(5) Tye Sullivan was elected as the new president of the Vevay Town Council following the new board’s first meeting of the year.

Members Tye Sullivan, Kirk Works, and Jamie Hayes had been elected in November of 2007, and were beginning four year terms in January.

(6) Switzerland County was awaiting word on whether or not the State of Indiana would create a new circuit court district here.

If the legislature passes the measure, Switzerland County would no longer share judges with Jefferson and Ohio counties; or a prosecutor with Jefferson County.

(7) Nathan Crane, Switzerland County extension educator through Purdue University; announced his resignation from his post that he had held here for nearly three years.

He accepted a position as Regional Director with the University of Minnesota extension.

(8) The Switzerland County School Board approved a measure that will put students at Switzerland County High School on trimesters for the 2008-2009 school year.

The change means that students will have fewer classes but each class period will be longer, allowing for more in-depth instruction time.

(9) Nathan Hickman and Brittany Hankins were crowned as the King and Queen of Switzerland County High School’s Homecoming festivities, which included a win over New Washington.

Justin Barnes and Brittney Allen were the first runners up; while Daniel Welch and Kara Hudson were the second runners up.

(10) U.S. District Court Judge John Daniel Pinder officially accepted a guilty plea from former Switzerland County School Corporation treasurer Ann Geyman.

Ann Geyman pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1.1 million from the school corporation. The judge set sentencing for March.