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Remembering 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Residents waded through flooded streets following severe flooding during the first weekend of June this year. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
* Section in paper recalls news of the year

In 1888, The Brazil Times began publishing a newspaper.

Particular years during that 120-year span will always be remembered for certain stories that affected the lives of residents in Clay County.

This year can be added to that list as 2008 was full of big news.

In today's paper, The Brazil Times has offered a special four-page section delving back into 2008. Included in the section are snippets from the biggest news the county witnessed this year.

For example, movement was made in a 20-year-old cold case this year as officials made an arrest in the double homicide of Tony Pickett, 16, and her stepfather Ricky Mustard, 32, which took place on Nov. 18, 1988.

Earlier in the year, 37-year-old Brazil resident John Lovett was arrested in connection to the murders.

The first weekend in June had Clay County residents witnessing arguably the biggest story to hit the area in several years.

County residents saw the rain come down and down and down as the area was hit by flooding during the weekend of June 7-8.

An overnight storm dumped 4-11 inches of rain before sunrise. A State of Emergency was made by Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, in conjunction with the Clay County Commissioners, which was listed one day later.

Clay County was one of 29 counties that were declared disaster areas.

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the United States Small Business Association (SBA) continually provided updates to residents for approximately two months.

There were other stories that tore at the fiber of Clay County this year as well, including an historic election.

Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both visited the area stumping for votes. Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, visited Brazil May 5 as well.

Obama eventually captured the Democratic nod for President and defeated Republican John McCain in the 2008 November election, despite losing to McCain among Clay County voters.

At the state level, several officials paid visits to Clay County this year as well.

Mitch Daniels made a final push for re-election in late October, stopping at the Glory Days Restaurant, Clay City, while his opponent, Jill Long Thompson, visited the area as well.

Daniels, however, was re-elected governor.

In March, steps were taken to raise money for a memorial for former Clay County resident Charles B. Hall, who was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

News continued to filter in during March as a local resident filed a remonstrance petition against the Clay Community School Corporation regarding its proposed building project. The petition, however, did not pass, as county residents voted against it in October.

In April, shockwaves went through the county as residents felt a 5.2 earthquake that was recorded in Illinois. Only hours later, more aftershocks were felt at a magnitude of 4.6.

In November, the Northview Marching Knights capped off a banner year as they won their seventh state title and first since 2004.

As the year rolled on, county residents experienced the harshness of winter weather and water boil advisories that took place late in the year, the last of which occurred on Christmas Day.

Pages 11-14 of today's newspaper chronicle 2008 from January through December.

The Brazil Times wishes all county residents a Happy New Year as we move forward into 2009.

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It is good to look back and reflect on the good and bad times. We now need to focus on the future and our economy in the Clay County area. The more fortunate need to help the laid off citizens and also the unfortunate citizens that are on SSI and also those who just need attention. Everyone needs someone to listen once in a while. Don't be so quick to judge, but to listen to others, should be our county's New Year's resolution.

Happy New Year!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Wed, Dec 31, 2008, at 10:04 AM

i am only 19 years old and this is the weirdest year i have had. I have never experienced a flood or a natural disaster but for the year of 2008 i have learned what its like to be in one and i hope and pray that we can have a wonderful 2009. Happy New Years Brazil Indiana

-- Posted by tylera1989 on Fri, Jan 2, 2009, at 1:58 AM

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