Looking back on 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011
An ice storm slammed into Clay County during the first week of February 2011.

The editorial staff of The Brazil Times recently scoured through the archives of newspapers and online material to find the top stories from 2011 for this -- the final newspaper of the year, in order to present readers a recap of the year.

January 5

A former Brazil City Police Chief was arrested on felony charges. The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division concluded an investigation into criminal allegations involving misuse of federal grant money by former Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison.

January 7

The felony charges against a formal Brazil City Police Chief were formally filed in Vigo Superior Court Division 6 Thursday. Terry Harrison, 46, Brazil, appeared without an attorney before Special Judge Michael J. Lewis and Special Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter shortly after 2 p.m. Charged with class B felony Failure To Deposit Public Funds and class D felony Official Misconduct, Harrison is currently out on a $10,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed). If convicted of a class B felony, the highest charge filed against Harrison at this time, the sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000. A conviction for the class D felony is punishable with up to six months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

James Dressler

January 10

Entering the final year of her term as mayor, Ann Bradshaw has a few goals for the upcoming year, but they are big ones. "We have a lot of projects currently going on, and I want to make sure they are completed," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "First and foremost are the water tower and the other water system projects." To this point, all the water lines have been installed, along with numerous new meters and hydrants, but the towers at Craig Park and near Interstate-70 are the highest priorities Bradshaw wants to see completed.

January 13

They're coming down. On Tuesday, the Brazil City Park Board voted unanimously to allow the Clay Youth League (CYL) to tear down the Grandstands at Roy Brann Stadium.

CYL President Shane Glassburn met with the board Tuesday to discuss what both organizations could do with the stands.

January 19

A Clay County icon will celebrate a birthday this weekend. On Jan. 21, 1931, Eddie Knierim officially opened Eddie's Sandwich Shoppe.

Eighty years later, the restaurant still stands in the exact location it was, 13 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

For eight decades, families have paid a visit to the local restaurant and munched on the hamburgers while taking in the atmosphere of the local diner.

January 21

With snow falling almost weekly recently, it has caused residents to wonder how much it has eaten away at the salt supply.

"We still have a good supply of salt, but we ordered two more loads this morning," Clay County highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times Thursday. "Each load is about 25 tons, so we'll have an additional 50 tons of salt to get us through the rest of the season."

Foster added the Highway Department was utilizing a salt/sand mix, primarily on intersections, in moderate amounts.

January 26

A new face will be helping the City of Brazil with its legal matters.

On Tuesday, Mayor Ann Bradshaw introduced Traci Lawson as the city's incoming attorney. Lawson, a Brazil resident, currently works as a firm member at Cox, Zwerner, Gambill and Sullivan, LLP, Terre Haute.

The need for a new attorney arose when Bob Pell, who has been in the position since Oct. 15, 2007, told Bradshaw he would be stepping away from the job.

January 27

The first of what many hope will be many steps to develop the Interstate-70 area has taken place.

On Wednesday, members of the city and county administration met along County Road 450 North (Frontage Road), about a half-mile west of State Road 59, to conduct a groundbreaking on a new 250,000-gallon water tower.

January 29

A former police chief alleged to have taken federal grant money is scheduled to stand trial in the summer.

On Thursday, former Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison, 46, Brazil, along with his public defender Geoffrey Creason, appeared before Vigo Superior Court 6 Judge Michael Lewis to enter an official not guilty plea and request a change of venue for all court proceedings from Clay to Vigo County.

Lewis has been appointed special judge in the case and Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter has been appointed special prosecutor.

Due to a conflict of interest because of Harrison's previous career in law enforcement and his potential for being subpoenaed to testify in ongoing criminal cases as an investigative officer, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, along with both Superior and Circuit Courts in Clay County, are unable to participate in the prosecution of this case.

January 31

A piece of Clay County died this weekend.

Former Times' Editor James "Jim" Dressler, died Saturday. He was 75.

Dressler spent 38 years of his life in the world of newspaper, serving in many capacities, including political writer, staff writer, sports editor, managing editor and editor.

He worked for several other newspapers, including the New Albany Tribune, Plainfield Messenger, Dayton (Ohio) Journal-Herald and the Tribune-Star.

Following retirement from the world of journalism, Dressler remained active in the community and also spent time as a proofreader of bills for the Indiana House of Representatives during Indiana General Assembly sessions.

February 3

Mother Nature took another swing at Clay County residents yet it wasn't all that bad.

"We're pretty stable right now," Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times about the second winter storm front that dumped more ice and snow on the Wabash Valley. "Travel right now in the county is limited to necessary travel only. Our main roads are open, but tree limbs are down everywhere on the ice-covered county roads. Traveling right now just isn't a good idea."

February 5

A Brazil couple was recently arrested amid allegations they stole and forged checks from a local business.

According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center, Tracey Rene Williams, 37, and her husband Curtis Dwayne Williams, 40, were taken into custody on an arrest warrant for theft Jan. 28. Both were issued cash bonds of $7,000 (no 10 percent allowed).

February 7

Clay County residents felt the impact of Mother Nature this past week.

First, the county was affected by an ice storm, leaving many without power.

As the week progressed, power was eventually restored for all county residents. As of Sunday afternoon, Duke Energy reported only 74 power outages in the area, including 70 in Vigo County. There were no power outages being reported in Clay County.

Secondly, snow dumped over the county much of Saturday. However, by Sunday, temperatures warmed up a bit.

However, the National Weather Service (NWS) based in Indianapolis is calling for more snow throughout the area.

According to NWS, light snow was possible Sunday with minor accumulation. The service called for up to an additional inch of snow in the area.

As well, NWS stated light snow was possible through Monday evening and again Wednesday.

The service called for a 40 percent chance of snow Monday and a 20 percent chance in the evening, with a high near 30-degrees and a low around 11.

The service said another blast of arctic air was expected Monday night, as residents could expect sub-zero wind chills by Tuesday.

It called for temperatures to hover around 17 Tuesday, with a low close to 5.

Ethan DeHart (middle) watches the action unfold during the first "Hoops for Hope" game with his father Christ DeHart (left) and Scott Buell. The game pitted the staffs from Northview High School and North Clay Middle School against each other. All proceeds were used to support the 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event.

February 9

No injuries were reported during a school bus accident Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials at the scene, shortly after 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Donald J. Walker, 67, Dana, Ind., was traveling east on Church Street to the intersection of Church and Meridian streets when his van struck a Clay Community School Corporation bus driven by Stephanie Fagg, 38, Brazil.

After striking the bus, the van apparently spun around and hit a light pole on the northwest side of the intersection.

February 11

A Lewis man found not guilty of arson charges a little more than a year ago was ordered to pick up the tab for his intentional negligence in a residential fire at his ex-wife's house in 2008.

Appearing for a court trial before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers Thursday, John Brian Sebeck, 44, acted as his own attorney and presented no evidence and declined to testify on his own behalf during a civil lawsuit brought by Indiana Farm Bureau.

February 16

Officials with the Clay Community Schools (CCS) can see light at the end of the tunnel.

Recently, CCS Interim Superintendent Kim Tucker and Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger told The Brazil Times the current building renovation project is nearly complete.

"We are in the final stage of the remodeling project," Tucker said. "There are still a few little things that are being taken care of, such as some casework installation, installing some railings on exterior ramps, reinstalling some chain link fence."

February 17

The state has found some inconsistencies in the City of Brazil's finances.

Recently, the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) released its audit examination report of the city, which reviewed financial information from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2009.

Included in the report of the audit, which was conducted by SBOA Field Examiner Lynne Spencer, are the total receipts, disbursements and balances of the city's funds (some of which were in the red), along with mismanagement of funds connected to a former employee.

According to the report, former Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster is linked to unauthorized vendor payments, plus overpayment of compensation and/or benefits on numerous occasions between May 4, 2007 and Nov. 21, 2008.

February 19

A recent audit of the City of Brazil's finances has caused quite a stir.

On Friday, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw and City Attorney Traci Lawson spoke to The Brazil Times on behalf of the city to provide a response to the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) audit examination report of the 2009 finances.

The report states Bradshaw received $2,428 on Oct. 16, 2008, which was originally thought to be an underpayment, but it was later determined she had not been underpaid.

February 24

Formal charges have been filed against former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Tracy Webster, 42, Brazil, in Clay Superior Court.

Webster turned herself in at the Clay County Justice Center after an arrest warrant was issued on allegations she mishandled municipal funds while employed with the City of Brazil.

On Wednesday, Webster was formally charged with one class C felony Forgery and three class D felony Theft charges.

March 3

A handful of vandalism incidents have officials with the Brazil City Police Department flummoxed.

BCPD Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times Wednesday several vehicles, along with a handful of buildings were spray-painted during the weekend.

Pierce told The Times profane words were painted on one vehicle while hate symbols and more racially tinged profane words were spray-painted on a handful of area buildings.

"I can't see adults doing this," Pierce said. "These are kids."

March 4

The Common Council of the City of Brazil met in a work session Wednesday night to gather more information to amend the current animal ordinance.

While the intent of the meeting was to determine what needs to be changed or added to the ordinance, the focus quickly turned to a disagreement between neighbors.

March 5

The following is a press release issued by The United States Department of Justice:

Terre Haute -- Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that John D. Love, Brazil, was charged with health care fraud and money laundering following an investigation by the Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS), The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller's Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit (MFCU).

The Information alleges that beginning on or about Jan. 1, 2006, and continuing through September 2010, John Love, a pharmacist and controlling member of the Terre Haute Prescription Shop, used his position at the pharmacy to carry out a scheme to defraud the Indiana Medicaid Program.

March 9

Several former area basketball standouts and Clay Community School teachers provided a few hours of entertainment Monday for a good cause.

The first "Hoops for Hope" charity basketball game took place at Northview High School, with teams from Northview and North Clay Middle School facing each other.

The charity basketball game was the brainchild of Northview Key Club Sponsor Pat Krider. All proceeds from the game will be used to support the upcoming 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event.

March 10

For the first time in several years, a Clay County School has been named as a Four Star School.

On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Education released the 2009-10 Four Star School List.

Administration with the Clay Community School (CCS) paid a visit to Staunton Elementary School late in the afternoon to deliver the news to faculty and staff.

"I know you guys have worked hard," CCS Interim Supt. Kim Tucker told the group after informing them of the honor.

"It couldn't happen to a more deserving staff."

March 11

A Clay Community School (CCS) teacher received a half-day suspension with pay after an incident involving a leaked question from the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+).

The CCSC school board approved the measure at its meeting.

According to information provided by CCS administrative officials, the incident was related ISTEP+ test security.

March 16

Gov. Mitch Daniels has announced he will seek federal public assistance for 39 Indiana counties that were affected by ice and snowstorms in early February.

Clay County is among the counties on the list.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said the department helped collect data from various agencies countywide.

March 23

A Brazil family displaced by raw sewage overflowing into their home in February is in the process of filing a civil lawsuit for damages and cleanup against the City of Brazil.

According to attorney James McDonald, Terre Haute, Cindy and Richard McDonald, and their children, reside at 1106 East Northwood Drive, Brazil. They have not been able to live in their home since the incident occurred Feb. 21. The family has resided with another family member since the incident.

According to the McDonald's, the toilet in their home began overflowing, gushing into the living room area of the home. Although the family attempted to shut off the water to stop the raw sewage from flooding several rooms in the house, it did not work.

A rough estimate of the property damages to the home is approximately $37,500.

The McDonald family also said they then contacted the city and the mayor's office about the problem and were informed city personnel were working in the area at the time of the incident.

March 25

Officials are urging local business owners with drive-thru windows to beef up security measures after counterfeit money turned up at a couple of local businesses.

"We have people contact the police department all the time to check for counterfeit money," Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times about recent "funny money" discovered. "Over the past three to four months we have had a couple of counterfeit $20 bills turn up at businesses. Now we have counterfeit $10 bills out there trying to be passed off. These aren't old bills. They are the newer bills, which are supposed to be unable to copy."

Pierce understands the hectic nature of working drive-thru might cause a cashier to not check a bill as closely as they should, which makes them a potential target for people trying to use the counterfeit money.


April 1

Brazil resident Justimiano Rodriguez, 27, was arrested on preliminary charges of rape, battery, sexual battery and criminal confinement for his alleged involvement in an incident involving an unidentified pregnant female victim March 16.

Rodriguez was later formally charged with class C felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a pregnant woman, two class D felony charges of sexual battery and criminal confinement and a class A misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

April 5

Potential changes to some county roads had residents questioning the Clay County Commissioners.

Residents voiced concerns and disapproval of the possibility of certain roads being reverted back to gravel.

April 15

Clay Community Skatepark Association representative Roberta Weliever provided an update on progress of the park to the Brazil City Council.

April 17

The Brazil Water Department fought through multiple obstacles in repairing a leak that had sprung only days before.

April 19

Clay County Treasurer Debbie James informed The Brazil Times of several tax statements that were found in the Twin Beach area.

April 20

Rain stormed through Clay County as many residents found themselves battling with the aftermath the next day. Several families, according to Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, were affected by the flooding.

April 21

Candidates for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election faced each other during a forum, which took place at the YMCA of Clay County.

April 22

Heavy rains from only a few days before caused a collapse of an underground tunnel along Pogues Run. The tunnel runs under John Street and caused a closure of the street.

April 26

Members of the community worked feverishly in an attempt to set up a meeting between talk show host Ellen Degeneres and 14-year-old county resident Mercedes Elaine Compton, who was suffering from Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia.

April 29

An investigation began in reference to an advertisement by the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Lodge 114, which may have been in violation of Indiana Election Law.

May 3

Brazil residents headed to the polls for the 2011 Municipal Primary Election. Brian Wyndham edged out incumbent Mayor Ann Bradshaw on the Democratic side to face Republican candidate T.J. Sneddon.

May 5

The most recent boil order issued for Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Harmony and Knightsville was lifted at 4 p.m., Thursday.

The order had been issued April 28, after officials with the Brazil City Water Department discovered leaks in three 1-inch lines along Lenox Street, between Sycamore and Davis streets, while working on the distribution system in preparation for upcoming road paving.

May 10

Five Clay County residents were arrested by the Clay County Sheriff's Department after an extended investigation into prescription drug dealing.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the investigation began in 2009.

May 15

Organizers of Keeping Hope Alive announced donations collected during the event would be split between House of Hope, and 7-year-old burn victim Carmen Schleppy.

May 18

John Howes, who helped lead Indiana State University to its only appearance in the College World Series, was named the pitching coach for the Terre Haute Rex.

May 20

Clay Community School (CCS) Board members began interviewing candidates for the superintendent opening.

May 25

Workers with Cool Planet Awning Company installed a new awning for the Forest Park Bandshell.

Seven-year-old Carmen Schleppy shows off her upper and lower body strength for family, friends and community members during her welcome home party.

May 27

Plans were put in place for the annual "Zach's Ride," an event set up to benefit Zach Ellis, a Clay County 14-year-old suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

June 3

Northview senior Joel Whittington placed third in the 300-meter hurdles at the IHSAA Boys' State Track and Field Finals.

June 5

The Brazil Concert Band paid tribute to former Times' editor Jim Dressler during its first show of the 2011 season.

June 6

The Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department broke ground for its new fire station, located at 503 E. Columbus St., Staunton.

June 10

Clay Community Schools Board member Dottie King issued a letter to the board announcing her resignation after taking the position of President at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

June 12

The Forest Park Concession stand was renamed "Annie's Snack Shack," after local resident Ann Hoopingarner.

June 16

Clay Community School board members voted 4-0-1 to name Kimberly Tucker as the corporation's Superintendent.

June 21

Former director of the Clay County Humane Society Michael Sorrels pled guilty to allegations of his involvement in obstruction of justice, official misconduct and theft.

June 28

Former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster was granted a change of venue in her case from Clay County to Owen County.

June 30

Clay Community School board members voted to replace former member Dottie King with Tammy Beasley.

July 2

Emilie Gottsche was named the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair Queen at the 53rd Clay County Fair Pageant Saturday.

July 6

Clay County Coroner's Office confirmed the discovery of a dead body in rural Brazil. The body was that of 40-year-old Jackie Patterson, Brazil. Police found her remains in a creek near White Rock Road.

July 11

Clay Youth League's 11-12-year-olds emerge as champions after a victory against Mooresville's 'A' team at the Cal Ripken State Tourney. The Clay Youth League will move on to compete in the Ohio Valle Regional in Lexington, Ky.

July 14

In response to the critism they have received, members of the Brazil Parks Board clarified to the community that they have no control over the decision concerning the sell of alcohol at Forest Park Golf Course; A topic that has been highly debated.

July 15

The Common Council of the City of Brazil failed to pass a motion to amend an ordinance, which would have allowed alcohol to be sold in the clubhouse at Forest Park Golf Course.

July 25

Gary and Debbie Bunch were life-lined to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being thrown from a motorcycle after the driver lost control and struck a utility pole on State Road 42. Both Gary and Debbie were treated at the scene.

July 27

Avenue Broadband was bought out by cable television and Internet provider New Wave Communications. One of the benefits to the change is the customers' option for higher speed Internet.

July 29

Clay Community School (CCS) unanimously appointed Northview High School's Assistant Principal Lynn Romas to the position of principal. The board approved the motion for Romas' promotion with a 4-0 vote.

July 30

7-year-old Carmen Schleppy was discharged from Riley Hospital for Children. Carmen suffered third and fourth degree burns on approximately 60 percent of her body and had to undergo nine separate skin graft and debrisment surgeries.

Emilie Gottsche was named the 2011 Clay County 4-H Fair Queen at the 53rd Clay County Fair Pageant. Emilie, 19, is the daughter of Rick and Mary Gottsche.

Aug. 3

Fred McDonald, former circulation manager for The Brazil Times, passed away July 30th; He would be most remembered for his good nature with children.

Aug. 6

A resident from the West Central Village was assaulted in his own home by three white males wielding a ball bat and what the victim describes as a "chrome gun," which was held at the resident's head before he was beaten. One of the three men has been placed in police custody.

Aug. 10

Kenneth H. Stewart, 66, was struck by a vehicle on United States 40 when attempting to retrieve a dog found at the roadside. Stewart was treated at the scene, and then transported to St. Vincent Hospital before being lifelined to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Aug. 12

Ricky Anello, whom was involved in the Aug. 4 break-in was arrested without incident in Indianapolis after the Clay County Sheriff's Department received an anonymous tip of his current location. Law enforcement and the Fugitive Task Force took in Anello.

Aug. 13

Clay Community School (CSS) voted to hire Brazil native, Deborah Zimmerman, as the new Northview High School assistant principal.

Aug. 17

Tyler Fischer recalls his experience at the Indiana State Fairgrounds where the stage collapses due to 70 mph winds, turning the Sugarland concert into a disaster involving four deaths and four dozen severe injuries. Fischer was only a hundred yards away from the stage when it happened.

Aug. 22

A stretch of road in Brazil will be renamed in honor of local hero Cpl. Gregory Stultz. Stultz was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 19th, 2010 while serving in the Marine Corps.

Aug. 25

Clay Community School's (CSS) central office official announced that they will be moving to the newly purchased and renovated American Legion property, located at 1013 South Forest Ave. The property was purchased for $277,500.

Sept. 3

Treasure Tracy Webster's trial was set for facing formal charges of class C felony Forgery and three counts of class D felony Theft.

Sept. 10

The Clay Community School (CSS) board kicked off renovations for the former American Legion building, which will soon become the corporation's central office. Two additional projects were being planned involving running a network of fiber optic lines between the Clay county Elementary schools as well as to the new central office.

Sept. 15

Phillip C. Powell, 38 of Brazil was arrested after local law officials raided his home, where a methamphetamine lab was discovered in the man's garage. Charges include Manufacturing Methamphetamine (class B felony), Possession of Methamphetamine (class D felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (class D felony), and Possession Precursors (class C felony).

Sept. 17

Abigail Hayes was crowned the 2011 Northview High School Homecoming Queen title.

Sept. 19

Clay Community School (CSS) received an overall D on its report card from the state. The letter grade was a combination of two evaluations: the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as well as Public Law 221. Northview among Clay Community Schools has a pass percentage rate of 84.9 percent and 11.9 percent improvement.

Oct. 3

Both the Northview Marching Knights and Clay City Imperial Regiment received golds, earning a trip to the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional competition. For Northview, it was the 28th year they have advanced to regionals.

Oct. 7

The Brazil City Council made its first concrete decision to the 2012 budget, voting all in favor to pass the plan for all departments to return to their 2011 budgets, with the exception of police and fire.

Oct. 10

In preparation for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional competitions, both the Clay City Imperial Regiment and Northview Marching Knights competed in the Cavalcade of Champions at Center Grove High School. In Class B, the Knights picked up a first-place finish while Clay City finished fifth in Class D.

Oct. 14

The Brazil City Council passed a resolution to appropriate $7,000 to the parks department to be used for road paving.

Oct. 15

The Clay Community School (CCS) board voted unanimously in favor of contracting HEF Services, Terre Haute, to install wireless access points at Meridian, Clay City, Staunton, Van Buren, Jackson Township, Forest Park and East Side elementaries, as well as Clay City Jr./Sr. High School, to give the schools wireless Internet access.

Oct. 19

A political forum was presented by The Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Farm Bureau, where Brazil Mayoral, City Council and Clerk-Treasurer Municipal Election candidates answered questions from the public.

Oct. 24

The Northview Marching Knights advanced to the ISSMA State Finals for the 27th time in school history. The Clay City Imperial Regiment missed going to the state finals after not being one of the top 10 bands at the Franklin Community Semi-State.

Oct. 27

The Clay County Council approved additional appropriations including money for the Clay County Commissioner's insurance and money to pay new employees at the Clay County Courthouse and Clay County Justice Center.

Oct. 31

Northview Marching Knights placed fourth at the 2011 ISSMA Class B Marching Band State Finals. The Concord Marching Minutemen won the Class B title.


Nov. 2

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department began to wrap up an investigation involving a Poland shooting. No arrests had been made, but approximately "a dozen" interviews were done.

Nov. 4

The bridge on State Road 46 going over the Eel River was closed after an INDOT Crawfordsville District Bridge Inspector discovered a crack in one of the gusset plates.

Nov. 5

John Bromagen, 58, Poland, was arrested and preliminarily charged with Criminal Recklessness in connection with a shooting in Poland.

Nov. 9

Brian Wyndham was elected Mayor of Brazil with 798 votes.

Nov. 12

Clay County residents celebrated Veterans Friday at the courthouse during its annual event with retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Smiley as the guest speaker.

Nov. 14

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested Charles Daniel Kent following an altercation in Coalmont. He was preliminarily charged with Battery with a Deadly Weapon, causing Serious Bodily Injury, Trespassing and Public Intoxication.

Nov. 18

The Brazil Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously in favor of raising park recreation rates to make up for a weak 2012 budget.

Nov. 19

Brazil made city sidewalks ADA compliant by installing warning devices at certain intersections for the visually impaired or handicapped.

Nov. 21

Dominic Iacinuo and MiKalynn Jo Fry were named the Mr. and Miss Snowflake respectively at the annual Christmas In The Park Snowflake Pageant at North Clay Middle School. A total of 33 contestants competed in the Duke and Dutchess, Prince and Princess and Mr. and Miss Snowflake categories.

Nov. 28

CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker said the corporation hired Steve Arnold's architectural firm, MMS Architecture and Commercial Interiors, Terre Haute, to draw up plans for renovating the future CCS central office.

Dec. 2

The Brazil City Council provided a loan to the Forest Park Golf Course.

Dec. 5

Brazil City Hall and a group of Northview High School students including Matthew Aselage created a new club called Youth for Community Committee.

Dec. 8

During the monthly meeting, the Clay County Council discussed two new taxes -- a motor vehicle excise surtax and a wheel tax, to use the revenue for road maintenance and repair.

Dec. 9

Caitlin Dugan, Northview graduate, made it to the final round in an international travel contest called "Do Something Epic."

Dec. 10

Clay Community School (CCS) board members named local Certified Public Accountant Tim Gorman the new director of business affairs, a spot left vacant by Mike Fowler.

Dec. 12

WTWO's Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker predicted warmer temperatures for 2011-2012 winter season.

Dec. 14

The House of Hope officially reopened after a long period of upgrades and renovations.

Dec. 15

Brazil Park and Recreation Board (BPRB) members announced that the Craig Park walking track should be finished for patron use in August 2012 during the board's monthly meeting.

Dec. 16

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate the completion of the water tower project at Craig Park.

Dec. 17

The Staunton Town Council unanimously voted to increase the rates for usage of the town community center.

Dec. 21

Dolores Johnson, Jackson Township, was elected to replace Brian Wyndham in the county council.

Dec. 23

Mayor Ann Bradshaw and council member Sam Glover presented outgoing council members Pat Heffner and Bill Lovett with keys to the city to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the city of Brazil.

Dec. 24

New club Youth for the Community Committee met for their first official meeting.

Northview drum major Rachel Reese receives the fourth-place trophy from Indiana State School Music Association representatives following the ISSMA Class B Marching Band State Finals.

Dec. 28

A framed display of 10 local Vietnam servicemen was presented to Clay County during the Clay County Commissioners special meeting. The men are named on the Vietnam War Memorial in front of the Clay County Courthouse.

Dec. 29

A Christian Seminary and a school in India dedicated its building and land to Margaret Brewer, Brazil, who dedicated her life to teaching and foreign missions. Brewer died in 2010.

Dec. 30

Elected officials officially took the oath of office during a ceremony conducted by Clay County Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers.

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