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A look back at 2008 for Clay County

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

January week 1

Newest Citizen

Born Jan. 3, Clay County's 2008 New Years' Baby visited The Brazil Times Thursday afternoon with her mother.

Marsha and Travis Dowell's daughter, Sarah Jolene, was the county's newest citizen.

Weighing 5 pounds, 6 and three-quarter ounces and measuring a little more than 18 inches long, Marsha said Dr. Melissa Hatcher delivered Sarah shortly before 7:30 p.m. at Putnam County Hospital.

Fugitive caught

Authorities search for an alleged "dangerous fugitive" ended in when they discovered Mark Rissler, 20, Brazil, hiding inside a house trailer in Seelyville.

Eluding capture since Dec. 20, 2008, Rissler was allegedly involved in a high-speed pursuit that ended in an accident injuring Brazil City Police Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill.

When the police cruiser lost control on the icy roads and struck a tree, Hill sustained a compound fracture in the shin of his left leg and a fractured right hip.

K-9 Officer Anya was bumped and banged around inside her carrier in the vehicle during the collision, but sustained no visible injuries.

January week 2

Library closed after

accident

The Brazil Public Library was officially closed to residents and employees after someone suffered a broken leg in an accident at the facility Jan. 10, which is currently under construction.

Brazil City Planning Administrator Michelle Altman was forced to follow protocol and enforce city ordinance 156.023, which states that any city building under construction or reconstruction may not be occupied until a certificate of occupancy has been issued.

Altman consulted with Indiana Department of Homeland Security Director of Fire and Building Code Enforcement Shelly Wakefield and Brazil City Attorney Bob Pell before enforcing the ordinance.

Altman was in the process of drafting a letter to the Library Board stating at least five major violations regarding library construction.

However, she said if those violations were corrected within 30 days of receiving the letter, the library could reopen.

January week 3

Bomb threat at school

On Jan. 16, classes were disrupted by a bomb threat scribbled on a bathroom stall in the boy's restroom at North Clay Middle School.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department was notified about the bomb threat that stated a bomb would go off at 3 p.m. North Clay students were evacuated from the building during an extensive search by school and law enforcement officials, however, no explosive materials were found.

After-school activities were suspended Wednesday evening following the threat, and, at the school's request, an officer was on-hand the following morning while Principal Jeff Allen spoke with students in each grade level to stress the seriousness of the situation.

January week 4

Robbery suspects

caught

It only took officials a few hours to capture two Vigo County residents, with ties to Brazil, alleged to be involved in an armed robbery at a restaurant located near Interstate 70.

Shortly before 10 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 23, a man allegedly robbed a cashier at Burger King, 995 West State Road 42, with a handgun, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

An employee was able to provide authorities with a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle used to leave the scene, reportedly north on State Road 59.

While local officers were investigating the crime scene, approximately an hour later, the Putnamville Indiana State Police Post received a report about a vehicle matching the description broke down at the 55-mile marker of I-70.

Officials quickly found out that the two suspects believed to be involved in the robbery found their way to an Indianapolis hotel near the High School Road area.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, ISP, Vigo County and Putnam County Sheriff's departments, Cloverdale Police Department and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at the hotel.

Officers discovered clothing items matching the description of those used during the robbery, a gun, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the robbery.

Marquita Norris, who was in the hotel room, was taken into custody and transported back to the Clay County Justice Center to be booked on preliminary charges of public intoxication and conspiracy to commit robbery.

William J. Miles, located near a housing complex close to High School Road, was taken into custody and transported to the CCJC to be booked on a preliminary robbery charge.

February week 1

Grand Jury convened

in cold case

Officials confirm a six-member Grand Jury panel would be convened to hear new information about the 20-year-old double homicide of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32, at their Brazil residence on Nov. 18, 1988.

Although details about the potential person or persons of interest or the charges involved with proceedings could not be released, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout confirmed 30 local residents would be notified of the potential to be selected as jurors by the Clay Circuit Court Grand Jury service.

Six jurors and two alternates would be selected on Feb. 20 to participate in the proceedings scheduled to take place at the Clay County Justice Center.

The main legal reason for convening a Grand Jury is to prevent a case going to trial solely on a prosecutor's decision. The prosecution, according to Trout, must convince the impartial panel that probable cause exists and a crime has been committed through the presentation of evidence and testimony.

Trout explained a grand jury decides if "targets" of interest in an investigation of alleged criminal activity should be "indicted" (formally charged in a "true bill" case) or if there is not enough evidence to charge and issue a "no true bill" judgment.

Although behind closed doors, Trout said a Grand Jury proceeding is very informal, with jury members allowed to ask questions during the proceedings.

February week 2

Local Representative

back at work

Rep. Amos Thomas (R-Brazil) returned to the Statehouse Feb. 11, after recuperating from back surgery and serious complications that kept him away for five weeks.

Admitting it was difficult to be away, Thomas didn't anticipate missing any of this legislative session that will be dealing with the statewide property tax problem.

Thomas was ready to get to work, returning to serve as a member on two House legislative committees, Judiciary and Courts and Criminal Code.

After experiencing problems while walking during parades in the summer, in December, Thomas had a laminectomy, a surgical procedure for treating spinal stenosis by relieving pressure on the spinal cord. The surgery also included the removal of bone spurs.

February week 3

Students hear

emotional message

Rick Stoddard brought his anti-tobacco campaign to local junior high students.

Stoddard first shared the story of losing his wife, Marie, 46, to lung cancer on a pubic service announcement during the 2001 Super Bowl, finishing with the powerful statement, "I guess I never thought of 23 as middle aged."

After his wife's passing, Stoddard took his anti-tobacco campaign on the road and has spoken to students all around the United States about the manipulative tactics tobacco companies use to attract new smokers and the dangers of using tobacco.

This is his second appearance at North Clay Middle School and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School.

February week 4

Delay in former

deputy's case

Facing two sets of charges stemming from 16-hour standoff at his home with law enforcement after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend in September 2006, Jonathan T. Lambert's court appearance was put on hold again.

According to court officials, the inclement weather made traveling to Brazil for out-of-town attorneys Special Prosecutor Nina Alexander and Defense Attorney Joseph Etling and the defendant extremely difficult.

Circuit Judge Joseph Trout was scheduled to announce his decision to accept or reject a plea agreement and its sentencing recommendations presented by Alexander and Etling.

As part of the negotiated agreement in the first case, Lambert voluntarily entered a guilty plea to a class D felony Intimidation charge and a class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge and dismiss three other counts in the case stemming from the dispute with his girlfriend at his home on Sept. 22, 2006.

March week 1

Teacher let go

The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees officially released North Clay Middle School physical education teacher Anita Miller from her contract Wednesday, March 5, during a special session meeting at North Clay Middle School.

Supt. Dan Schroeder said information presented during an executive session by attorneys for Miller and the corporation to the board was the basis for the decision.

Schroeder recommended the board accept the information from the executive session hearing and proceed with terminating Miller's contract.

Board member Len Fischer moved to accept the information, and Brian Atkinson seconded the motion. Without discussion, the board voted 5-0 to cancel Miller's contract. Dottie Fischer and Steve Grigsby were not at the meeting.

March week 2

Property tax bills may

be sent out late again

Clay County residents learn property tax bills may not go out on time because the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) decides to redesign the Property Tax Comparison Statement.

The decision to replace the previously approved version of the form, along with the tax bills for the 2007 pay 2008 year, creates a "hitch" for the Clay County Auditor's Office.

On the brink of verifying property values to be sent off for state approval, it looked like the office would have been able to get the bills out on time for only the second time since 2002.

Auditor Mary Alumbaugh said the new design for the statements has not been completed and is not part of a change in legislation. The "drawn out process" could take weeks for the DLGF to complete and software designers have to rewrite a portion of the current computer system before the bills could go out.

Alumbaugh said a provisional billing could be sent, but was not sure because it might create a problem because the amount to be paid may not be accurate.

The standard date for the first collection of property taxes is May 10.

March week 3

Charles B. Hall

Memorial fundraising

Ex-Brazil residents offer help, and a challenge for others, for the Charles B. Hall Memorial fundraising effort.

Former Brazil resident Ted Englehart, Indianapolis, heard about plans for the Charles B. Hall Memorial, he knew he wanted to help.

While growing up, Englehart knew Hall as a nice, young man, a "great guy" and athlete.

Hall attended college in Southern Illinois, and afterwards enlisted in the Air Force, where he became one of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black group of airmen in Alabama. Hall completed his training in basic flying and was commissioned to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Englehart said if the Clay County Foundation could approve a matching grant of up to $10,000, then he and other ex-residents were going to match it.

Englehart contacted the Indianapolis chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, who want to help as well, and civic clubs and individuals about donations. He feels, together, everyone could make the memorial a reality.

Remembering Hall's place in history as being the first black aviator to shoot down an enemy, Englehart believes and deserves proper credit.

March week 4

Petitions filed against

the school building

project

Brazil resident Leo L. Southworth filed a petition remonstrance request with 166 signatures from community members against the Clay Community School Corporation and proposed building project on March 24.

Southworth filed the petition because he believes renovating two separate elementary schools is more costly than combining them and building an entirely new building.

He also filed a petition with the Department of Local Government Financing (DLGF) for a field hearing, based on its limit for spending by square foot on newly constructed elementary school buildings.

According to attorneys for the school corporation, the request for a remonstrance sets a new timeline for the project, and possibly new costs.

After an additional 35 days to make sure all legal procedures have been followed in the request and, if everything is in order, the school board will make the decision to withdraw the project proposal or continue with a petition drive.

April week 1

Local agencies assist in

stabbing arrest

Although a group of five people began drinking at a Brazil bar Wednesday, local law enforcement helped arrest two of them for their alleged involvement in a stabbing incident in downtown Terre Haute early Thursday morning.

Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed that officers from his department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department were involved in the capture and helped detain Scott William Almy and an unidentified woman, for the stabbing of Shawheen Arabi and Warren Kyle Smith.

The stabbing occurred after a fight near the intersection of 11th street and Wabash Ave., in Terre Haute. During the struggle, Almy pulled a knife and stabbed Arabi and Smith. Almy, 24, Indianapolis, was taken to the Vigo County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of two counts of aggravated battery resulting in bodily injury and one count of criminal recklessness. Arabi and Smith were treated for their injuries and later released from the hospital the following day.

April week 2

Early voting begins

Though Primary Elections were still a month away, several Clay County citizens got an early start to the voting process in April. "Residents don't need a reason to vote early, but they do need to be registered," Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said on the final day of voting registration. In addition to standard voting practices, residents were also allowed to vote via absentee ballot. The county also set up a system for housebound citizens to cast a vote.

Clinton, Obama deliver

area speeches

As the Presidential campaigns pressed on, two prominent figures in the Democratic push for the White House made stops in the area. In a campaigning effort on behalf of wife Hillary, former President Bill Clinton spoke at South Putnam's Central Elementary School, while Presidential hopeful Barack Obama delivered a speech to jam-packed audience at North Vigo High School in Terre Haute on Friday.

April week 3

Residents recall

earthquake

Clay County residents were rattled from their sleep Friday morning as an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 rocked the area.

The quake rivaled the strongest recorded in the area.

It was centered six miles from West Salem, Ill., which is approximately 45 miles from Evansville.

Things began to shake at 5:37 a.m., Eastern Standard Time and residents felt its affects as far away as Atlanta.

Less than six hours later, a 4.6 aftershock, centered near Bellmont, Ill., shook the area again at 11:15.

Only minor damage has been reported in the affected area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was the strongest recorded in Illinois.

The last earthquake in the area of similar magnitude was a 5.0 quake in 2002.

April week 4

Library reopens

People cautiously opened the new front doors of the Brazil Public Library, peeked their heads in and asked, "are you really open?" After two years of construction, the answer was finally "yes." On Monday, April 21, the doors were officially open to the public, but the celebration and grand reopening is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m.

May week 1

Memorial for World

War II vet in the works

Local Clay County residents can help create a memorial to a famous World War II hero from Brazil. The Charles B. Hall Memorial Foundation is collection approximately $15,000 to place the memorial in front of Brazil City Hall, near the McNutt Foundation facing U.S. 40.

One of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, Hall was the first African-American pilot to shoot down a German Focke-Wulf FW190. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor.

May week 2

Chelsea Clinton

stumps for mother

Just one day before the Indiana Primary, Clay County residents received a special treat as former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton visited the city. Clinton was in Brazil May 5, stumping for her mother, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Democratic hopeful for President of the United States. She took questions from the audience and encouraged everyone to go out and vote in the primaries, which were held on the following day.

Clay County nominates

new school board

The four newly elected district members of Clay Community School Board of Trustees are ready to go to work when they assume their positions in July. Individual winners were as follows: Dottie L. King, Tina R. Heffener, Jennifer L. Kaelber and Forrest R. Buell.

Murder Suspect

released on bail

Only one month after being arrested on two counts of murder, a Brazil man was recently released from jail. John Lovett, 37, Brazil, was arrested in March in connection with the 1988 double homicide on Tonya Pickett, 16, and here stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32, on Nov. 20, 1988. Lovett was released on bail from the Clay County Justice Center in mid-April after $20,000 for bail was raised.

May week 3

Incident brings school

security into question

On April 30, state police officials were dispatched to Northview High School were dispatched for an allegedly intoxicated individual who had entered the school and attempted to use the restroom. The incident provoked members of the school board of trustees to suggest a renovation project that included security improvements to the school building.

Area teen offers

up guilty plea

A Brazil teenager entered a guilty plea for his role in a Nov. 17, 2007 crash that killed a 17-year-old girl. Cody Wright, 19, pled guilty to Class B felony resisting law enforcement. A Class B felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Wright's charges stem from an accident at the Clay-Putnam county line in which Brandee N. Siples died. Wright was involved in a high-speed chase with State Police, and crashed his 1992 Chevrolet Camaro. Court records indicate that Wright was traveling at 117 mph in a 45 zone. He eventually lost control of his vehicle when he crested a hill.

The Camaro went off the east side of the road, up an embankment and became airborne for about 45 feet, striking several trees in the process and landing on its wheels in a 20-foot deep ravine.

May week 4

High Schools

graduate students

Both Northview and Clay City High Schools bid goodbye to seniors.

Northview conducted its graduation ceremony at the high school on Friday, May 30.

Clay City graduated seniors on Sunday, June 1.

June week 1

Clay County tax rates

face increase

Tax rates for Clay County are in and, just like many other things, they have gone up. Assessed property values are also up in the count, totaling $916,221,010.

Tax rates went up in all districts with Brazil City-Brazil Township having the highest at 3.1198 dollars per $100 assessed value, and Washington Township had the lowest in the county with a gross tax rate of 2.0477.

Soldier, wife

found dead

The United States Army identified two former Clay County residents who apparently died on the morning of June 3 at the Fort Wainwright military base in Faribanks, Alaska. Spc. Benjamin Bays, 23, and his wife, Faith, 22, both from Brazil, were found dead in their residence around 10 a.m., Wednesday.

June week 2

Major flood hits county

The rain came down, water went up and roads throughout Clay County shut down due to the aftermath of intense flooding on the weekend of June 7-8. Dispatchers at the Clay County Justice Center and the Brazil Police Department started fielding phone calls from motorists reporting high water on area roads while on their way to work around 4-5 a.m., on June 7. An overnight storm dumped 4-11 inches of rain on the area before the sun came up Saturday.

Damage reports started coming in around 6 a.m. After early assessments and many county and city roads closed due to high water, the Clay County Commissioners and Brazil

Mayor Ann Bradshaw issued State of Emergency announcements, virtually closing down roads throughout the county.

It was lifted around 4:30 p.m., Sunday to allow residents to use the majority of county roads.

Several highways, including I-70 and U.S. 40, were badly damaged by the conditions. Clay County was one of 29 area counties declared a disaster area.

June week 3

FEMA provides

information

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS and United States Small Business Association (SBA) provided an update to local citizens of how flood citizens could receive assistance. FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Smith said approximately 350 FEMA representatives were in the state.

He added that more than $21 million had already been approved to residents and others who had applied for federal assistance.

June week 4

Firefighter injured

A Brazil City Fire Department firefighter was injured after battling a blaze at Cooper Towers, 120 W. Jackson St., Brazil, Saturday, June 21. Firefighters were dispatched to the apartment complex close to 7:30 p.m., Saturday. BCPD officials said a trash compactor inside the complex on the first floor caught fire and a few of the nine floors were evacuated due to smoke inside the building. No residents were injured in the fire. However, the firefighter, whose name was not disclosed, sustained minor injuries to a hand while fighting the blaze.

July Week 1

Mourdock visits Brazil

Indiana Treasurer of State Richard E. Mourdock visited Brazil to explain the TrustINdiana program.

Mourdock explained the purpose of the program, which is to allow municipalities, school corporations and the local government as well as the State of Indiana to invest their assets. The funds, which are then preserved, allow for a greater return on investments.

July Week 2

Suspicious fire

investigated

Because of the quick response time by local fire departments, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, which dates back to the Civil War era, only received damage to the roof over the cellar in the basement.

This was one of many "suspicious" fires that took place of the summer.

July Week 3

Soldiers depart for Iraq

Seven members of the Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard Unit, stationed in the Brazil National Guard, left for Iraq. Due to security reasons and to protect the families of deployed servicemen, the names of the service personal or specific details of their deployment were not released.

July Week 4

Residents lose power

A storm, which came in late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, had wind gusts that reached up to 60 mph and blocked traffic on United States 40, State Road 59, Interstate-70, and many other areas throughout the county. 4,932 Clay County residents lost power.

July Week 5

War Veteran

earns award

Terry Haughee a Vietnam War Veteran received medals he earned during his time at war. It only took 38 years.

Haughee's wife secretly planned a surprise party for him, where he received the eight medals for his service, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, as well as an Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with four bronze service stars), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon (with device).

August Week 1

Officials arrest 30

Law enforcement agencies joined forces to arrest more than 30 individuals alleged to be involved in drug related activity throughout Clay County. More than 60 officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Clay City Police Department, Clay Community Corrections, and Clay County Probation Department were joined by officials from the Indiana State Police (Terre Haute and Bloomington posts), Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources, DEA and the U.S. Marshal's Office around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday August 5, for a warrant sweep of at least 25 residences in Clay, Parke, Owen, Hendricks and Monroe counties.

August Week 2

Preschool honors

student

The Open Hands Preschool honored one of its former students. Colton Jones' memory will live on through the recycled milk jug playground. Jones' was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer.

August Week 3

Big finish!

Jason Irving competed in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games where he placed sixth.

August Week 4

New fence

for restaurant

Mario Martinez, owner of Mario Bros. Mexican Cuisine was granted in a 3-1 vote by the Common Council of the City of Brazil on the installation of a fence. A dispute occurred due to the fence taking up space on the sidewalk and if it followed the codes and ordinances.

September Week 1

Petition filed

by former teacher

It was reported on Sept. 2, 2008, that former Clay Community School Corporation teacher Anita Miller was petitioning the Clay County Civil Court for a judicial review of her March 2008 dismissal by the Clay Community School Board of Trustees and the reinstatement of permanent teaching contract as well as the reimbursement of her lost bi-weekly pay of $1,058.26 with all benefits and privileges available prior to her contract cancellation.

September Week 2

No more pets

On Sept. 10, 2008, The Common Council of the City of Brazil, in conjunction with the Brazil Parks Board, passed an ordinance prohibiting pets and animals inside a festival area at the parks during its operating hours.

Animals allowed inside festivals are limited to those for:

* Service,

* Search and Rescue,

* K-9/horse officers, and

* Animals involved in festival-sanctioned attractions, events or rides, such as pet shows.

September Week 3

Verdict resolved

Cody Wright, 19, Brazil, is currently serving seven years at the Indiana Department of Correction for a conviction of class B felony resisting law enforcement resulting in (a traffic accident causing) the death of his girlfriend, Brandee Siples, Nov. 17, 2007. On Sept. 16, 2008, Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers' verdict resolved a legal technicality (a prior driving reckless incident).

Wright was sentenced to 180 days of incarceration (the maximum the State of Indiana allows) at the Clay County Justice Center (after the completion of any prior prison sentence).

September Week 4

Archer becomes Chief

Capt. Dave Archer became the new acting Police Chief of the Brazil City Police Department.

With 14 years of experience with BCPD, Archer was ready for the administrative role and worked to address the concerns of the community.

October Week 1

Anderson visits

Popcorn Festival

The sixth annual Popcorn Festival of Clay County comes to a close.

A major highlight of the festival was the presence of Sunny Anderson from the Food Network, who was filming scenes for "Festivals, Boardwalks and Fairs," which is expected to air sometime in the summer of 2009.

The Popcorn Festival will be the only event not on the East Coast to be featured in the show.

October Week 2

Northview teacher

honored

Northview High School Business and Computer teacher Beth Moody received the Outstanding Service Award from the Business Professionals of America (BPA).

Moody created a BPA chapter at the high school and has served as its District 7 coordinator.

The award is given to the one individual who has dedicated time and effort to promote the objective of career/technical BPA or provided outstanding service to the association.

"I was surprised," she said. "It is an honor to receive this after all of these years."

October Week 3

Kansas man arrested

CCSD Deputy Josh Krause arrested Justin Young, 20, Wichita, Kan., while responding to an accident report.

Young was wanted on aggregated robbery charges in Ohio and was driving a stolen vehicle.

He was found to also be on parole for battery on a juvenile probation officer in Ohio and was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000 bond.

The case was reviewed by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office and the Bexley (Ohio) Police Department.

Bond set for Lovett

John Lovett, suspect in the 1988 murders of Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard, had his bond set at $200,000, and his trial moved to Hendricks County.

Part of the requirements if Lovett was able to bond out included reporting to the Clay County Community Corrections Department twice a week and be submitted to electronic monitoring the final 30 days before the trial and having no contact (direct or indirectly) with any family members of the victims or the grand jury members.

The tentative trial date was set for Feb. 23, 2009.

New Shelter

manager named

The Clay County Humane Society named Rick Moore its fourth shelter manager since the beginning of 2008.

Moore had previously served as shelter manager from 2004-06.

October Week 4

Daniels visits Clay City

Incumbent Gubernatorial candidate Mitch Daniels visited Glory Days Restaurant Clay City, as he made his final push for re-election.

Clay City was one of many small-town stops Daniels made in his RV "Betsy" as he traveled across the state on the campaign trail.

Dan-iels went on to defeat Jill Long Thompson in the 2008 General Election.

Sharps sentenced

On the same day, Larry J. Sharps, 36, Brazil, was sentenced to 55 years imprisonment on charges of criminal deviate conduct and rape.

Twenty years of the sentence was for the additional charge of being an habitual offender, due to prior convictions.

November Week 1

Knights win state title

The Northview Marching Knights won the Indiana State School Music Association Class B state title at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The title was the school's first since 2004 and the seventh in its history.

The Clay City Imperial Regiment, which also reached the state finals, finished 10th in Class D.

Obama wins election

In the same week, Barack Obama becomes president-elect of the United States during the 2008 General Election.

County positions were also elected in one of the biggest voter turnouts in recent history.

November Week 2

Hill returns to action

BCPD Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill returned to duty nearly a year after being injured during a high-speed pursuit Dec. 20, 2007.

On his first night back on duty, Hill and K-9 Officer Anya arrested two suspects on drug-related charges.

"It felt great to be back in the uniform again," Hill told The Brazil Times.

"It's like riding a bike, you never forget how or what to do."

November Week 3

Area Great Dane

gets boost

Great Dane Trailers announced plans to shut down its original manufacturing facility in Savannah, Ga.

Officials told The Brazil Times some of the production would be transferred to the Brazil location, which could prevent any further layoffs in an unstable economy.

"Right now, this is a positive for Brazil," Vice President of Marketing Brandie Fuller said.

"The Brazil location is unique because they build all different types of trailers, instead of being specialized, and it should strengthen the economic security of that plant."

Area cold case

recognized

Indiana State Police released a Homicide Playing Card Deck profiling 52 cold cases in Indiana.

Jennifer Stockrahm, who was found dead in her vehicle Feb. 12, 1997, is featured on the 7 of spades in the deck.

Officials urged anyone with information regarding any of the cases to call the ISP Hotline at 1-800-453-4756. The deck may be viewed at www.in.gov/idoc/2644.htm.

November Week 4

County employee

pleads guilty

On Nov. 24, former Clay County Highway Department Employee Brandon Riggle, 27, Clay City, entered guilty plea on three of five charges he faced in connection to an altercation he had with CCSD K-9 Officer Forrest.

Riggle pled guilty to class A misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, resisting law enforcement and interfering with a law enforcement officer, while the charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and failure to stop after an accident resulting in non-vehicle damage were dropped as part of the plea.

Sisters to take

part in conference

On Nov. 30, sisters and Northview students Rebecca and Elizabeth Maurey were selected to participate in the American Choral Director's Association National Conference.

The conference, which is part of the National High School Honor Choir, will take place from March 4-7, 2008 in Oklahoma City.

December Week 1

School Board makes

tough decision

On Dec. 4, the Clay Community School Board of Trustees voted to not renew two administrative contracts.

Clay City Elementary Principal Jon Russell voluntarily agreed to



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