The past year was full of ups and downs. From the death of one of Clay County's own in the War on Terror to the Northview Marching Knights being featured in a commercial on national television, residents countywide were captivated with the goings on of 2010.
The Brazil Times' staff has composed a review of 2010 for our readers.
Searching through the papers of the past year, we hoped to pick out the stories that grabbed readers' attention.
Inside, readers will see brief reminders of some of the most impacting stories from 2010. In addition, photographs were added to help remind all of us of the year we are about to conclude.
We hope you all have a splendid 2011.
May God bless all of you.
Community in shock: Students coping with
death of classmate
The sudden death of junior Haley Bryan shocked students at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School. Bryan died at St. Vincent Clay Hospital of an alleged Fentanyl overdose on New Year's Day. A candlelight vigil took place in the auditeria of the high school in honor of Bryan. A former cheerleader, basketball and volleyball player she was active in art and German clubs.
Search ongoing for
Indiana State Police officials confirmed the investigation continued into the disappearance of a Brazil resident. Charles Raymond Chumley Jr., 30 was reported missing Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2009. His body was later discovered in rural northeastern Vigo County approximately 1.8 miles north of United States 40 on the Clay/Vigo county line in March.
continuing to rise
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the graduation rates and Clay Community School Corporation (CCSC) was above the state average for the 2008-09 school year. Clay City Jr./Sr. High School achieved 94.8 percent and Northview High School achieved 80.9 percent. The corporation achieved 83 percent versus the 81.5 percent for the state overall.
13 charges filed against Brazil man
Thirteen charges were filed against a Brazil man in Vigo County Superior Court Division, including six for his alleged involvement in a police chase involving gunfire, a home invasion and a standoff in Terre Haute Jan. 22. Appearing before Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis, Douglas M. Fulk, 30, was formally charged with 13 various criminal allegations. He was charged with three class A felony attempted murder charges, three class B felony aggravated battery charges, a class B felony burglary, three individual class D felony charges for intimidation, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, two individual class A misdemeanor charges for carrying a handgun without a license, and a class A misdemeanor charge for resisting law enforcement.
Jury returns with
verdict of not guilty
After deliberations, the jury in the arson trial in Clay Circuit Court has found John Sebeck not guilty. He was suspected of setting the fire at his ex-wife Teresa Sebeck's home. Sebeck turned himself into officials in July 2008. Using the court's final 16 instructions as a guide, the jury was unable to find the evidence presented by the state proof enough to find Sebeck "guilty of each element of the crime charged, beyond a reasonable doubt."
leads to arrest
Three local law enforcement agencies were involved in a Sunday morning pursuit that ended in the arrest of teenager from Woodland, Tenn. After puncturing two of the vehicle's tires on the stop sticks, the driver stopped the car near Baker Road and United States 40 and was taken into custody without further incident. During questioning, Jacob R. Hammond, 18, allegedly admitted he initially stole a vehicle from an area near Bloomington, Ind., to drive to Putnam County to visit someone. While there, Hammond said he wrecked the first vehicle. He told authorities he found and took the second vehicle from the Cloverdale area, which was damaged during the pursuit.
The body of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, 22, was escorted from the Terre Haute International Airport back to Brazil. Cpl. Stultz died while in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, on Feb. 19, 2010. The community came out in droves to honor the sacrifice of one of its own. Since his death, members of the Stultz family have continued to keep the memory of the fallen Marine alive.
Strange discovery at Meridian Elem.
The discovery of a bone temporarily halted construction at Meridian Elementary School. Though it was determined to be an animal bone, most likely part of a hog skeleton. However, it raised suspensions concerning the disappearance of 4-year-old Billy Martin. Throughout the years since his Aug. 10, 1957, disappearance, there have been many theories about Martin's disappearance. One in particular, is that Billy was buried under the foundation of Meridian Elementary School, which was being built at the time of his disappearance.
Small plane makes landing on U.S. 40
Shortly before 7:20 p.m., the pilot of a small engine plane safely landed in the median of United States 40 near the Clay/Putnam county line. The unidentified Ohio pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries during an emergency landing. Per protocols, the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post and the Federal Aviation Administration were in charge of the investigation.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, conducted a special blessing prior to services for three newly restored glass windows. The process of restoring the windows, which were covered by plaster for several years, began close to three years ago after the church received a donation to reopen the windows.
Escalating vandalism baffling park board
With the opening of the park season, vandals came out of the woodwork. Broken windows in the cow palace at Forest Park escalated to graffiti spray painted on the bathroom stalls of the women's restrooms. Even with budget constraints, security in the park was beefed up in the help of Brazil City Police Officers and Reserves. Members of the community also began keeping their eyes open and patrolling the parks. As summer continued, the vandalism calmed down.
Brazil man arrested for battery
William C. Stone, 27, Brazil, was arrested after neighbors reported a physical altercation involving a stabbing at West Central Village. He was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of domestic battery, aggravated battery, strangulation, criminal confinement, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 30 grams in the matter.
Stone was also facing pending allegations in Clay Superior Court from two separate incidents in the past two months involving one for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a class B misdemeanor battery and a second one involving three class C misdemeanor charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.
Officials with the Clay Community School Corporation met with concerned citizens, parents and students to help come up with ideas of how to help prevent future dropouts.
The goal was to highlight the dropout problem as a community while bringing public awareness to the challenges schools face to ensure "at-risk" students stay in school and graduate.
"We really do not have a high dropout rate in comparison to the number of students that go to school here and the number that graduate," Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker said. "But one student dropout is one too many."
Bus garage limbo
Clay Community School Board of Trustees failed to reach a consensus on the future location of the Transportation Department, by rejecting a motion to enter into a three-year lease agreement on the Williams' property for the location of the new bus garage.
When INSafe, a division of the Indiana Department of Labor, visited the current site of the bus garage, the Quonset hut on State Street, Brazil, earlier in the year, they found 21 standards were not being met.
Members of Clay City, Lewis, Jasonville, Coal City, Wright Township and Hymera volunteer fire departments were honored for their bravery and risking their lives above and beyond the call of duty while responding to a grain bin accident in Dec 22, 2009.
According to official reports, firefighters entered the bin and put themselves directly in harms way in order to keep the corn away from Michael Lacy while other rescue crews worked on the outside to lower the corn that loomed directly overhead.
Citizens capture thief
A group of concerned citizens banded together to help catch suspicious individual going in and out of numerous cars in the Walmart parking lot.
While waiting for law enforcement to arrive, the suspect allegedly attempted to leave and started backing his vehicle toward the SUV. However, another citizen stepped between the suspect's vehicle and the SUV.
With no way to get out, the suspect apparently began explaining this behavior, but, after dropping a purse that allegedly contained ashtrays from other vehicles and a large amount of coins on the parking lot, the suspect ditched his car keys and went inside the store.
The citizens then kept watch on the front entrance and notified each customer as they left to check their vehicles for missing items. The suspect apparently left the building through another exit before members of the Brazil City Police Department arrived.
While the citizens thought everything was over, police were later dispatched to the scene of a theft at Casey's Service Station. The suspect in that incident turned out to be the same one from the earlier incident, Zachary J. Eaglin, 22, Trafalgar, Ind.
WTHI-FM HI-99, according to station operations manager Barry Kent, presented its first ever back-to-back winner of the Bus Driver of the Year award to Clay Community School Corporation bus driver Chester Stevenson.
"We hope to make it yearly from now on," Kent said.
Stevenson is the second driver from Clay County to be honored with the award. Last year, Nellie McFarland was awarded.
Stevenson, 61, took over the route his father drove and has driven a school bus for CCSC since 1974.
Despite gray skies, the 2010 Loyalty Day parade went off without a hitch. The family of Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz walked along the route offering memory bracelets in honor of Cpl. Stultz, who died in Afghanistan Feb. 19, 2010.
Low voter turn out
Voter apathy continued this year.
A total of 4,953 ballots were cast in Tuesday's election, which is the second-lowest total for the county in a mid-term Primary since 1990. The lowest turnout in that time period came in 2002 when 4,908 ballots were cast. This year's turnout was 39 ballots fewer than were submitted in 2006 (4,992)
Of those who voted, 4,416 did so in person -- which is the lowest amount since 1990 -- while absentee voting reached its peak in the last 20 years with 537.
Voter registration was also down by 1,050 compared to the 2006 Primary (19,713), as 18,663 individuals were eligible to vote this year. Overall, 26.54 percent of registered voters cast a ballot, which is also the second-lowest total since 1990.
Local citizens were encouraged to grab their small change and get those throwing arms ready, because several local celebrities agreed to be hit with water balloons during The Brazil Times Relay For Life Carnival.
Local celebrities, and all good sports who took a hit or two during the event, included Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers, City of Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger.
"We wanted something unusual this year," Times General Manager Lynne Llewellyn said about the fundraising effort. "This is something the public could really get involved in."
Student takes a
tumble at school
The Meridian Elementary school day came to an emotional end after an unfortunate accident May 14.
An unidentified 10-year-old fourth-grade male student apparently fell over a banister and fell down a flight of stairs from the second floor staircase.
Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger told The Brazil Times the school nurse was with the student, who was conscious and talking to a parent before being taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute.
Members of Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare treated the boy for what appeared to be a broken arm and back pain before transport for further medical treatment.
The students were about to released for the day at the time of the accident, which is why school officials kept students and faculty members in their respective classrooms until after the emergency response personnel left the facility.
Forest Park Elementary students thought very highly of former custodian John Hardman.
Hardman died March 30, but the students haven't forgotten him.
The school's student council recently purchased a Weeping Cherry Tree to plant in the school's outdoor garden in Hardman's honor.
A plaque was donated and designed by Clay City Elementary School custodian Gary Pullum, and will be placed in the school in remembrance of Hardman. It included a poem written by students in Jean Harris' fourth-grade class.
Hardman's brother and sister, Pat and Mary Hardman, were at the school for the plaque presentation. While there, the grateful siblings delivered cupcakes and punch to the students, thanking them for honoring their brother.
"The staff and kids over here have just been fantastic," Pat Hardman said.
"My brother didn't have any children of his own," Mary added. "But guess what? He had a lot of children here. This is wonderful."
Board chooses to repair the hut
After months of discussion, the Clay Community School Board of Trustees finally decided on a short-term solution for its Transportation Department.
In a 3-2-1 vote, the school board accepted the motion to spend approximately $75,000 to fix the remaining violations that INSafe, a division of the Indiana Department of Labor, found when it visited the Quonset hut Feb. 15. This requires the administration to ask for an extension on the trailer currently in place on the lot.
Though more discussion ensued over leasing a location while work was being done on the Quonset hut or to lease property instead of working on the hut, the motion made by Heffner stood and the vote passed.
The current board agreed to table the issue of the long-term bus garage location until the new board begins in July.
Board addresses Scout issue
The Clay County Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will not be granted access to local schools to recruit students.
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees unanimously voted to uphold their policy of not allowing organizations to recruit students.
Before the vote, Eagle Scout Andrew Bowman spoke to about the challenges the Boy Scouts face and how the current school board policy of not allowing them into the schools is affecting their numbers. Since 2006, when the group was no longer allowed to recruit in schools, the number of youth enrollment went from 100 to less than 30 members last year. Bowman said current members are sticking with the program, but when they turn 18 and "age out," there are no younger youth to replace them.
Legal counsel for the school corporation indicated in a letter that the corporation is not required to allow the Boy Scouts or any other group into the schools to address or recruit students. It was recommended the school board continue to follow the current policy and not allow the Boy Scouts to recruit students during the school day.
However, the school board is willing to look for ways to help the Boy Scouts and other local similar organizations wanting to provide good activities for students.
Providing convocations, demonstrations and educational materials that would include specific groups was discussed as potential options for the future.
"This is difficult," Board member Dottie King said. "We are in a really tough spot here because we all want to be back to the day when good sense ruled and good people chose good activities to come in kept out bad activities and that was our right to do so."
Organizers for the Boy Scouts were reminded they are allowed to fill out a paper to have meetings in the school, while it is not in session, before or after school hours and on weekends.
Joy ride ends
Reports of a gray Jeep Cherokee driving through people's yards in the area of County Road 1200 North (Rio Grande Road) led to Clay County Sheriff's Department deputies being dispatched to the area as well as the Carbon Town Marshal.
Eventually the vehicle was spotted driving away from a residence, and, as the town marshal attempted to perform a stop, the driver refused.
After a short pursuit, deputies boxed the Jeep in with their vehicles. However, Brandon P. Brady, 19, Vigo County, put his Jeep into reverse and slammed into the town marshal's squad car.
Brady then drove forward, crashing into a deputy's patrol car, before the town marshal pulled forward block Brady's vehicle from causing further damage.
Officers had to remove Brady from his vehicle. He was later taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and asked to submit to a toxicology test.
While at the hospital, according to reports, Brady admitted to using methamphetamine and stated he had been up for five days.
Clay County residents had a say into who would be nominated for the 2010 Chamber of Commerce Focus Awards, which recognizes the effort of area residents in various categories.
The Focus Awards had previously been given out in 1996-99, 2001 and 2004, but has been defunct until now.
The awards are split into seven categories -- Agricultural, Education, Beautification, Manufacturing, Commercial, Non-Profits and Lifetime Achievement -- in which the public is being asked to make nominations.
"This is our way of honoring outstanding and exemplary service to the community of Clay County," Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Phil Redenbarger told The Brazil Times.
The Brazil City Police Department has new leadership, sort of.
On June 2, Dave Archer presented Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw a letter of resignation, citing personal reasons for stepping down from his administrative duties and returning to the position of Shift Sergeant.
BCPD Captain Mark Loudermilk became interim police chief until a replacement could be announced at a later date.
On Sept. 23, 2008, Archer replaced then outgoing police chief Terry Harrison. Harrison had replaced Loudermilk as chief when Bradshaw took over for former Mayor Thom Arthur in July 2007.
"I'm not leaving the department," Archer said after the emotional meeting with Bradshaw. "On Monday, I will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Brazil when I step back into the roll of Police Sergeant and patrol the streets again."
Gazebo roof repaired
Pell's Roofing associate Eric Mullinix helped repair the gazebo roof at the Clay County Courthouse June 9. Pell's Roofing workers placed Duro-Last material on the roof of the building, which houses the Honor Roll of Clay County Veterans. Materials were donated by Duro-Last while Pell's Roofing donated the labor.
Standoff suspect helps locate gun
After allegedly holding a woman and two children hostage during an early-morning domestic dispute/hostage standoff, Edward Lee Doran, 40, Vermillion, Ill., surrendered to authorities without incident later in the evening on June 10.
Then, after appearing in Clay Circuit Court the next morning regarding the petition to revoke his probation on a previous conviction stemming from a strangulation case on Aug. 16, 2009, Doran helped officials at the Clay County Sheriff's Department located the gun allegedly used in the incident.
According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Doran took deputies and investigators right to the area where he discarded the handgun in a wooded area near a rural Cory residence.
Although several drug suspects are currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center after a warrant sweep June 17, officials continue to search for more.
"We are still looking for more suspects," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times before press time.
Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Clay County Prosecutor's Office started the search in Parke County for 14 suspects wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for charges involving allegations of the sale of prescription drugs or methamphetamine. However, the two suspects were not at home.
On June 22, officials confirmed six more suspects had been taken into custody, making the total of suspects arrested during the five-day sweep 20.
Brazil's Water System Improvement Projects are underway.
Mayor Ann Bradshaw and City Engineer Brian Pohlar spoke with The Brazil Times about recent progress toward the projects starting.
Bradshaw said she and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Raymond Staub traveled to Bingham McHale, Indianapolis, to sign off on the final paperwork for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan.
Pohlar said closing on the $5.93 million SRF loan took place Monday.
This secured the funding for the projects with the city receiving approval May 17 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding under the Disaster Recovery Fund, Appropriation 2, in the amount of $2,222,872.
Skatepark location discussed
During a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Clay Community Skatepark Committee Representative Roberta Weliever provided an update on the possible locations.
Currently, two lots -- one next to the Jackson Street Wesleyan Church, and another behind Speedway -- are being looked at closer than others.
Weliever said the lot near the Wesleyan Church is smaller than hoped for, but the park can be redesigned. She said the lot behind Speedway is also good because the ground is already level.
The committee had been looking for a lot that is 100-by-120 feet, but the lot near the church is 70-by-127 feet.
Council members and Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens informed Weliever the church lot is still in the process of being obtained after being purchased in the Commissioners' Tax Certificate Sale, and the tax deed may not be cleared until September or October.
Working on the lines
Fighting water woes, Brazil Water Department employees worked to repair a 6-inch water line that was leaking on Brazil Street, between Leavitt and Grant streets.
Although the staff members at area nursing homes and the hospital were notified of the potential for the city's water supply being temporarily being shut off, crews were able to clamp the line and make the repairs without doing so.
July 2, 2010 -- Humane Shelter Director arrested
The Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested Humane Shelter Director Mike Sorrels on allegations of class D felony obstruction of justice, class D felony official misconduct, class D felony theft and class a misdemeanors false informing/reporting and deception.
The allegations stemmed from an incident on May 11, in which Sorrels reported to authorities the lock on the outside pen at the shelter was allegedly cut, and 16 dogs were released.
July 4, 2010 -- $10,000 raffle winner drawn
Josh Ramsey was selected the winner of the 75th Rotary Club of Brazil 4th of July Celebration grand prize raffle $10,000 drawing Sunday. His name was drawn by incoming Rotary president Dr. Miranda Goodale, and announced live on the Crock 92.7-FM by Mike Petersen. Ramsey was not at Forest Park at the time of the drawing, but was reached via telephone later that evening.
July 8, 2010 -- Woman learns sentence
Special Judge (Putnam County Superior Court Judge) Charles Bridges accepted a plea agreement in the case against Sonya M. Stroud, 42, Brazil, in Clay Superior Court.
Stroud was originally charged with a total of seven class C felony charges of forgery and five class D felony theft charges stemming from an investigation by the Brazil City Police Department into approximately $280,000 in missing funds at Brazil Trucking, Inc.
Convicted on one count of class C felony Forgery, Stroud was sentenced to six years, with two years suspended and good time credit allowed for the remaining four. Stroud has been incarcerated for approximately 552 days. Upon her release, Stroud will be placed on formal probation for two years.
Stroud was also convicted on four class D felony Theft charges. Bridges sentenced her to three years for each consecutive conviction before fully suspending them and placing her on formal probation for an additional 12 years.
July 12, 2010 -- Old jail catches on fire
While removing scrap metal inside the building, workers with Griffin Auto Salvage accidentally caught some materials in the attic area on fire.
The Brazil City Fire Department extinguished the fire, while Brazil City Police Department provided traffic control and members of the Clay County Justice Center provided security around the outside of the building during the fire. Clay County Commissioners Paul Sinders and Charlie Brown, who were both on the scene, told The Brazil Times there was no structural damage that they knew of.
July 16, 2010 -- Pierce brought in as police chief
Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw announced that Brazil resident and former Clay County Sheriff Larry Pierce would begin his duties as Brazil City Police Chief.
On June 2, Dave Archer resigned as police chief, citing personal reasons, and Bradshaw said she based her decision Pierce's more than 35 years experience in law enforcement, including his 20 years of service with the Indiana State Police and with the Clay County Sheriff's Department as sheriff and chief deputy.
July 23, 2010 -- Family reminisces about Thomas
The family of John J. Thomas, who passed away at Cloverleaf Health Care July 22, reflected back on his life.
John, who moved to Brazil with his family in 1948, started Thomas and Thomas Law Firm, with his brother Amos, eight years later.
John also spent 24 years as an Indiana State Representative.
July 28, 2010 -- Work in progress
Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) Director Jenni Chamberlain announced the organization's intention of renovating the former Brazil Junior High into a community center.
S.O.S. purchased the building for $15,000 in June and was applying for a $500,000 Community Focus Fund Grant to help with the cost of repairs.
July 31, 2010 -- Three Louisiana men arrested on confinement, forgery allegations
After a short vehicle pursuit, three Louisiana men were taken into custody to await formal court proceedings on felony allegations of criminal confinement, forgery, theft and resisting law enforcement.
According to a press release provided by the Brazil City Police Department, the investigation began as a forgery complaint at First Financial Bank, 2180 East National Ave., Brazil. When they arrived at the scene, officers were informed a man was allegedly attempting to cash a forged check. The man allegedly claimed to have been held against his will by three black males who were in a white sport utility vehicle (SUV) parked in The Freeze parking lot across the street.
Clifton Thomas, 30, Michael Thomas, 33, both from Ponchatoula, La., and William "Willy" Drake, 31, Tickfaw, La., were held in the Clay County Justice Center on $100,000 cash bonds (with no 10 percent allowed).
Aug. 2, 2010 -- Zimmerman named Forest Park Elem. Substitute principal
During a special meeting, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees in a 5-0 vote, Dottie King and Tina Heffner were not present, approved the appointment of Debbie Zimmerman as the Substitute Principal from Aug. 2-Sept. 30.
During the meeting, Supt. Dan Schroeder clarified Jon Russell would become Principal at Forest Park Elementary once the corporation receives information regarding his active duty status.
Aug. 11, 2010 -- Forward motion
Officials broke ground at Craig Park for the new 750,000-gallon elevated water tower.
The tower is part of the City of Brazil's Water System Improvement Projects, which includes an additional 250,000-gallon tower near Interstate-70, new water lines, meters and hydrants, along with a new well and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
Both towers are slated to be completed by November 2011.
Aug. 15, 2010 -- Lost, but Found
After seven years, a series of extraordinary events and the help of several people, a former Brazil High School graduate got his stolen class ring back.
In 2003, Vernon DeWayne Moss' 1974 BHS class ring was stolen from his Farmersburg home during a break in.
In 2005, Carrie Ann Holycross was a member of a work crew clearing the debris of a collapsed sidewalk out of a storm drain in Farmersburg.
"I looked down and there it was," Holycross said. "I don't really know how it got there. There wasn't any way for someone to throw it down there or anything."
Moss, filled with emotion, explained how he lost most of his possessions in a house fire years ago.
"I had a letter jacket, my diploma and my memories. It was all that I thought was left," he said. "Now I have my ring back. I honestly thought, after all this time, that it was melted down and gone forever. But it looks pretty good for being in a ditch for so long."
Aug. 17, 2010 -- Students, schools start fresh
Despite work still going on at the schools as part of the renovation project, the Clay Community School Corporation opened its doors for the first day of the 2010-11 school year.
Though there were some concerns raised by parents about the amount of dust, especially at East Side, Superintendent Dan Schroeder confirmed the corporation was working to combat the problem.
"We have had a few complaints and we are attempting to rectify it," he said. "We have extra help to mop up the dust."
Aug. 22, 2010 -- Former director back in jail
Former Clay County Humane Shelter director Mike Sorrels found himself back in jail amid separate theft allegations than those when we was arrested in July.
Officials confirmed the class D theft charge was the result of a separate investigation into misappropriation in payroll funds at the Humane shelter.
Aug. 24, 2010 -- IVC opens world
IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., conducted a ribbon cutting marking the official opening of its world headquarters at the former MI Windows and Doors location.
This location is also the company's Liquid Paint Division, while the Powder Division remains at 2831 N. Industrial Park Dr., Brazil.
Aug. 26, 2010 -- Jury rules in favor of city
A six-person jury returned a verdict in favor of the City of Brazil in a civil plenary case regarding the demolition of a Brazil home in 2005.
In May 2006, Garlen Jones filed the lawsuit in Clay Superior Court claiming the city had not provided sufficient notice of the demolition, which allegedly led to the destruction of multiple items of value within the home, which was located at 911 S. Franklin St.
"The house had sat empty for quite a while," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.
Included in the discovery portion of the case were three pages of items Jones claimed were in the home during the demolition, including two airplanes valued at more than $53,000.
According to documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Jones was attempting to reclaim damages for both the home itself, and the contents, which were to be based on fair market value at the time of the demolition.
Both sides completed their respective arguments Aug. 25, and after closing arguments, the jury came back with a verdict for the city, awarding Jones no reclamation or compensation on the items lost.
Aug. 27, 2010 -- Meth now being fought through online system
Tracking of a "must have" ingredient for production of methamphetamine is now automated and more user friendly with the activation of the Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System, (IMIS).
The new IMIS website (http://www.in.gov/meth/ or http://meth.in.gov), according to officials, has many potential benefits.
Sept. 7, 2010 -- Commissioners vote provides employees firearms rights
In order to comply with recent legislation (Indiana Code 34-28-7), the Clay County Commissioners suspended the rules to approve an ordinance to amend the Personnel Policies Handbook on the first reading during Tuesday's meeting.
The ordinance amends two sections in the handbook pertaining to the rights of employees -- who are appropriately licensed -- to bring firearms and ammunition onto county property "as long as the firearm and ammunition are locked in a glove box or trunk or stored out of plain sight in the employee's personal locked vehicle."
However, an employee choosing to do this must also fill out a County Firearm Notification Form and submit it to the Auditor's Office prior to bringing the firearm onto county property.
Sept. 9, 2010 -- County in good shape
After entering budget hearings with the need to cut $352,077 in requests out of the General Fund, the council finalized initial approval of the budgets with $430,234 in cuts, meaning an additional $78,157 can be added to the county's 2011 operating balance, which was originally budgeted as $500,000.
"We will still be able to collect the maximum levy balance and this gives the county a little extra boost going into next year," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh told The Brazil Times. "It is not the largest operating balance the county has ever had, but we are in much better position than we were coming into this year with a $100,000 operating balance."
Sept. 10, 2010 -- S.O.S. to utilize donated home
Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) is working to fix up a house at 9 Daniel Biggs Dr., Brazil, to help those struggling to get back on their feet.
S.O.S. Director Jenni Chamberlain told The Brazil Times the house at 9 Daniel Biggs Dr., Brazil, was donated to the organization about two years ago, and work is currently being done to fix it up.
Sept. 14, 2010 -- Bond revoked on suspect in Fentanyl death
Amid new allegations he has shown a "disdain for the Court's authority to bring him to trial," a young man allegedly involved in the Fentanyl overdose of a 17-year-old Clay City High School junior New Year's Day was taken into custody