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Stories from Monday, December 15, 2008

Festivities set for weekend (12/15/08)
There are plenty of events still going on at Forest Park for residents who are celebrating the 15th Christmas In The Park festivities. Excited children who haven't told Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year will be happy to know The Santa House, located in the park, will be open Thursday through Saturday this week, from 6-8 p.m. In addition, the house will be open Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, from 6-8 p.m., as well...
County ratio study approved (12/15/08)
Slightly more than a month removed from the most recent property tax collection, Clay County officials are preparing for the 2009 collection. The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) recently approved the 2008 Ratio Study submitted by the Clay County Assessor's Office, potentially putting the county on track to return to the regular tax collection dates in May and November...
Online poll: Respondents choose family (12/15/08)
Spending time with family anytime during the year is important. Respondents of the latest online Brazil Times' poll felt that was one of the most important times during the Christmas season. The Times recently asked its online readers, "What is your favorite part of Christmas?"...
Seniors offered limits on tax bills (12/15/08)
Seniors in Clay County have the opportunity to limit how much their tax bills can go up from one year to the next. The new income-based credit for senior homeowners older than 65 will prevent property taxes from increasing more than 2 percent from the previous year's bill. This credit is in addition to the current tax caps set by House Bill 1001 at 1.5 percent of a homes assessed value in 2009 and 1 percent in 2010...
SBA to have online business session (12/15/08)
The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct an online business loan session from 2-3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. The online business loan session will provide guidance to prepare small business owners for meeting with a lender. ...
Northview freshmen fall short of Braves (12/15/08)
By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Defense proved to be the key for the Terre Haute South freshmen basketball team on Monday night. The Braves used a trap to force seven turnovers in the first quarter against the Knights and held off a furious second half rally for a 47-40 win...
Purdue assistant leaving for Illinois State (12/15/08)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack will leave to become head coach at Illinois State. Spack spent 12 years as defensive coordinator and 16 years total as a coach at Purdue. Under him, the Boilermakers led the Big Ten in total defense in 2002 before struggling in recent years. ...
Notre Dame's Floyd hopes to play in Hawaii (12/15/08)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd spent a lot of time on the sideline the past three games imagining what he would have accomplished if he were playing. "Just knowing that on some plays it might have been going to me and maybe it wasn't a catch or something like that, or maybe I felt like maybe I could have probably gone in there and caught the ball too," he said...
Hoke to coach San Diego State (12/15/08)
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ball State coach Brady Hoke has resigned to accept the same position at San Diego State. Ball State president Jo Ann Gora said Monday the school wanted to keep Hoke at his alma mater. "Unfortunately, the recognition that comes with such success made Coach Hoke highly attractive to other programs," Gora said in a release. "None of us wanted to see him go."...
Arena Football League cancels 2009 season (12/15/08)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt D'Orazio heard the rumors every year he played in the Arena Football League. "There's always grumbling about potential teams folding or something not going as planned," said D'Orazio, the league's reigning MVP for the champion Philadelphia Soul. "But it always seems to start up and always do better than the year before."...
Pacers snap losing streak with win over Wizards (12/15/08)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Danny Granger scored 27 points and Marquis Daniels had 20 points as Indiana snapped a six-game losing skid with a 118-98 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Point guards T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack each scored 16 points for the Pacers (8-16), who had dropped eight of nine coming in...
Wilbur Everett Trout (12/15/08)
Wilbur Everett Trout, 87, Brazil, passed away unexpectedly at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at his residence. He was born May 26, 1921, in Brazil, as the son of Roy and Sylvia Hoffman Trout. He worked for the Pennsylvania Rail Road as a young man and then as a supervisor at Gregory Furniture...
Donna Kay Crumley (12/15/08)
Donna Kay Crumley, 57, Spencer, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Bloomington Hospital. She was born July 30, 1951, in Plainfield, to Carl and Lois (Lamberson) Wright. Donna was a graduate of Owen Valley High School in 1970. She worked for Cook Urological in Spencer and retired in 1999...
Stocking Stuffers (12/15/08)
The local Purdue Extension office has many neat publications available. Unfortunately many do not realize all of these different types of media are available. Extension publications are not scientific papers read by professors. In fact many are not even on paper! These media include CD's and DVD's related to trees, reptiles and other natural resources that would interest both youth and adults. ...
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