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A Look Back on 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Clay County residents gathered along National Avenue to honor the return of Spc. Arronn Fields, who died May 21, from injuries sustained during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal. [Order this photo]
April 1

A Journey of 'Faith'

Tom and Marsha West, Poland, continue building a 60-foot steel boat named "Faith" in their front yard. Once completed, the couple plans to take the boat by truck to the Ohio River. From there, "Faith" will enter Kentucky Lake and head toward the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a man-made waterway that extends from Tennessee to Alabama to link boats from the middle of the nation to the Gulf of Mexico using 10 locks that raise or lower boats a total of 341 feet.

April 2

Commissioners approve lease amendment

Clay County moved a step further in refinancing jail bonds by approving Resolution No. 2-2012, which approved the amendment of the lease. Originally, the jail bonds were to be paid off by 2034. With the refinancing, however, the bonds could be paid off by 2028, eliminating six years. Through the refinancing, the county is estimated to have a gross savings of $3.7 million.

April 3

Officials talk taxes

During the Clay County Council meeting, Mayor Brian Wyndham and Clay County Commissioner Vice President Paul Sinders spoke to the council about two possible taxes -- surtax and wheel tax. Wyndham told the council he was not going to submit a five-year plan for the tax funds because he felt creating a plan would be too expensive. Sinders said he supported the taxes, but agreed creating a five-year plan was not a good idea.

April 4

Relay for Life chairman speaks

Carrol Evans, chairman of Clay County Relay for Life, spoke at the Rotary Club meeting and accepted a $250 donation from the club. Evans explained Relay for Life is a branch of the American Cancer Society, which helps people affected by cancer in many different ways. Evans gave details about the upcoming Relay for Life event.

April 5

Council considers equipment proposal

Wastewater Treatment Specialist John Hinde pitched the idea of implementing his family's Air Diffusion System (ADS) to Carbon Town Council members. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the State of Indiana added two new criteria standards, which requires a limit of discharge for ammonia and E. coli levels. Carbon's waste stabilization lagoons were in violation of the new standards. Although the violation didn't pose a threat to citizens, the town was still responsible for solving the issue. The existing lagoons are not designed to effectively treat ammonia in cold weather. While considering Hinde's proposal, the council discussed having 15-20 coil systems in two of three lagoon tanks.

April 6

Murder charges


On March 23, an off and on case spanning more than 20 years came to an end, with the dismissal of the double murder charges against John Lovett, Brazil.

According to officials, Lovett has been the main suspect for the majority of the case, which focused on the murder of Tonya Pickett and her stepfather Ricky Mustard in November 1988. According to Dorie Maryan, Lovett's defense counsel, Lovett and his defense had maintained his innocence from the start. She added there wasn't ever any concrete evidence as the gun was never recovered and in 1988 there wasn't much along the lines of DNA testing. Maryan said the defense felt Lovett being capable of the rage needed to commit the brutal crime was highly unlikely due to the fact Lovett didn't have a criminal record before and has not shown any type of violent behavior in the years following the crime.

April 8

Council talks alternative transportation

Center Point Town Council members discussed the use of alternative transportation vehicles like ATVs and golf carts on the town's public streets. Center Point resident Ann Moore-Hughes asked Conservation Officer Matt Vossmer his opinion about the use of the vehicles on the streets. Vossmer said ATVs and Gators are only to be on public roads for fishing, farming and hunting. He added he'd seen fatalities as a result of allowing ATVs and Gators unrestricted access to public roads. However, Vossmer said he didn't see a problem with the golf carts having the access. Town Attorney Eric Somheil was in the process of creating an ordinance, allowing the use of golf carts on town streets.

April 9

Brazil resident charged with 'sextortion' of children

A Brazil man, Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, has been charged with what authorities have called "sextortion." According to Hogsett, Finkbiner was arrested at his Brazil home, where he owns and operates the business Clay County Internet. Finkbiner, was charged with sexual exploitation of children with the specific allegations in a complaint being that Finkbiner induced and coerced at least two minors to engage in sexually explicit activity that Finkbiner captured with a webcam and began the process of blackmailing the alleged victims, essentially for more images that would be allured and compromising.

April 10

House Fire

Fire departments responded to a house fire at 1961 W. County Road 500 N., Brazil. According to Fire Chief Larry Tempel, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, the owner had started a fire in the fireplace and then went outside to cover some plants. Five minutes later, the owner noticed more smoke than normal. The area around the chimney had caught fire and quickly spread to the attic. No one was injured.

April 11

Brazil Family Medicine breaks ground

Brazil Family Medicine, Dr. David Breitweiser's family practice, broke ground after making plans to construct a new medical facility on Murphy Avenue, south of United States 40. The practice wants to expand due to a lack of space. Breitweiser plans to have 7,500-square feet for the initial office suit, which will house his practice, with tenant spaces in wings off to the north and south of the building.

April 12

Generous Donation

Sophie Lohrman had a rock-a-thon for her eleventh birthday party to raise money for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. During the birthday party, Lohrman and her two friends, Hannah Close and Geneva O'Bannon, rocked in rocking chairs for nine hours while watching movies and playing with silly string. The girls had taken pledges for each hour they rocked, raising more than $500 for the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

April 13

CCS purchases property

Clay Community School (CCS) board officials approved a motion to purchase the Williams property, 410 W. Pinckley Street, for $225,000. The facility will be used to house the CCS transportation office, which is used for dispatch communication and bus routing. Throughout the course of the decision making process, school board members have requested several appraisals for different property options, but finally chose the Williams property.

April 15

Lodge to be demolished

The Masonic Lodge, a historical building in Bowling Green built in 1883, will be demolished due to deterioration. Members of the lodge are trying to save as much as they can to use a in a new building they hope to build in the same location if they can raise enough funds. The Masonic Lodge members hired A-1 Rip & Tear Demolition, Bowling Green, to do the demolition.

April 16

Mock accident impacts students

A dramatic presentation stressing the dangers of drunk driving and the importance of wise decision-making impacted Northview and Clay City High School students. Clay Community School (CCS) students gathered on bleachers in the rear parking lot of NHS to witness a realistic, yet simulated, tragedy. The corporation chose to educate the students through a mock accident scene, where NHS senior TJ Decker drove under the influence, accidentally causing fatal and life threatening injuries to his fellow classmates.

Members from the NHS Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) club and students in Bethany Jones' Advanced Health class helped set the scene while posing as victims in the drama.

April 17

Potential taxes big issue at political forum

Clay County Council At-Large candidates running for the upcoming primary election gave their opinions on the potential surtax and wheel tax during the political forum, which was sponsored by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and the Clay County Farm Bureau. Three of the five candidates present for the forum were in favor of the potential taxes. Clay County Coroner candidates each explained why he or she was the best candidate for the job.

April 18

Commissioners discuss quotes for new roof

The Clay County Commissioners discussed two different quotes from Pell's Roofing and Siding for the new roof of the highway garage building. The difference between the quotes was .5 inches of insulation. One quote included 1-inch of insulation, while the other had 1.5 inches. The commissioners were told the 1.5-inch insulation would make a large difference in the heating costs and would eventually pay for the $1,300 difference due to the savings in energy. The roof will have a 15-year warranty, including replacing the roof or inside materials damaged due to leaks. The commissioners approved and signed the contract with Pell's for 1.5 inches of insulation for a total of $33,900.

April 19

Newborn delivered at station

Kathy Swearingen, Clay City, usually wakes up at 4 a.m., for her shift as a Clay County dispatcher; however, she awoke earlier Thursday morning when her granddaughter, Ashley Swearingen, went into labor. At 3:30 a.m., the two women headed for Terre Haute, but while on State Road 59, Ashley's water broke. Kathy pulled into a gas station at the intersection of State Roads 46 and 59 and delivered the baby, her great-granddaughter -- Skylar Swearingen. Skylar was Kathy's fifth delivery. However, she said this one was definitely the most special.

April 20

Appeals court upholds conviction

An Indiana Appeals Court unanimously upheld the conviction and sentencing of a Clay City man found guilty of molesting an 11-year-old girl. Jason Richardson, 32, was accused of fondling or touching a female relative in February 2009 and was charged in October 2009.

April 22

Cheering for a Cause

A Brazil woman and former Colts' cheerleader, Toni Scalf, will perform a dance routine with other Colts cheerleaders and Indiana Pacemates alumni during the pre-game of the Pacers-Bulls match up, to benefit a Fishers girl who recently lost her mother.

Scalf said she was a cheerleader for the Colts in 1993 and now owns Toni's Tumbling and Dance Studio, Brazil.

April 24

Gregg speaks at dinner

The Democratic Party met Tuesday evening for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, where Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, Sandburn, Ind., spoke to the audience. Gregg said Indiana has big opportunities in energy and agriculture. He said he thought it was wrong to blame everything on the public school system and to demean or demoralize the public school teachers.

April 25

Board accepts bid

Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety unanimously accepted a bid from Iseler Demolition, Inc., to tear down the city's old water tower, located on Vandalia Street.

The board opened bids for the tower demolition Monday. It received two, one from Iseler Demolition, Inc., based in Michigan, and the other from All Industrial Services, Inc., based in Ohio. Iseler's bid was for $6,810, while All Industrial Services bid $39,257.

April 26

Smokin' Barbeque!

Brazil residents Don and Cathy Cooksey, opened their own barbecue stand. According to Cathy, the two had always liked the idea of doing a concession stand and with Don's barbecuing prowess they decided to open Buckshots Smokin' BBQ. According to Don, he smokes his barbecue with real wood for anywhere from 12-16 hours. Cathy said they offer the classic pulled pork, as well as, pulled chicken and home made sides like potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and Cajun corn.

April 27

Two arrested for burglary

Mathew Brown, 21, Staunton, and Alexander J. Bruer, 19, Turner, Ind., were arrested for the preliminary charges of Burglary, Possession of stolen property and Trespassing. According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the investigation began Monday, April 23, when a Staunton resident reported their residence had been burglarized during the night. Information led detectives to Brown's residence, Staunton, where they recovered several items that had been stolen from the victim's residence.

April 29

Antique tractor show deemed a success

For a handful of years, Pappy's Barbecue owner Rick Bell has been a collector of antique tractors. For a handful of years, Pappy's Barbecue owner Rick Bell has been a collector of antique tractors.

May 1

Candidates speak to GOP base

Both speakers at the 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner gave speeches layered heavy with campaign pitches. Clay County Republicans gathered at Calvary Baptist Church for the annual event. Kristi Risk, candidate for the 8th District congressional seat, was the featured speaker, while Larry Bucshon, current 8th District Congressman, served as the keynote speaker.

May 2

Two locals arrested

Tony T. Lalen, 51, and Tracey G. Kline, 48, both of Staunton, were arrested following a traffic stop. Lalen was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine (a class D felony), habitual traffic violator (a class D felony), maintaining a common nuisance (a class D felony), possession of marijuana (a class A misdemeanor), reckless possession of paraphernalia (a class B misdemeanor), and having an open alcoholic beverage container (an infraction). Kline was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance (a class B misdemeanor), reckless possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a switchblade knife (a class B misdemeanor).

May 3

Residents take part in National Day of Prayer

Several Clay County residents stopped by the Clay County Courthouse to take part in an annual National Day of Prayer event. Carbon Baptist Church Pastor Barry Corder opened the event with a moment of prayer before the individuals broke into several small groups. The groups spread out along the courthouse lawn. Each group was pitted with a local pastor and elected officials.

May 4

Officials confirm tornado

On Friday, Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Bryan Husband told The Brazil Times officials have confirmed a tornado did touch down in the county during storms Tuesday, May 1. Husband said he took photographs of the area and confirmed a spot where the tornado did touch down.

May 6

Clay soldier honored with display

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham was the featured speaker at the annual Clay County Veterans Loyalty Day Luncheon, which took place at Traditions, Brazil. While speaking, Wyndham unveiled a display honoring Homer Edward William Walton, the first Clay County resident to die in World War I. Wyndham read off a list of names of the county soldiers who died during World War I before coming to Walton.

May 7

CCSD investigating air conditioning thefts

The Clay County Humane Society recently had three air conditioning units stolen. According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the units were stolen sometime between 3 p.m., Sunday and 8 a.m., Monday. The Humane Society does have insurance, but according to staff, the deductible is very high.

May 8

The results are in

Arguably the most hotly contested race was for Clay County Commissioner District 2, where incumbent Charlie Brown faced a challenge from Michael Wilkinson.

But Brown maintained a steady 10-percent point lead throughout Tuesday evening, finishing with 907 votes compared to Wilkinson's 726.

Fenwick ran unopposed on the Republican ticket, finishing with 2,483 votes.

Five Democrats faced each other in the Clay County Council At-Large race with three positions available. In the end, Mike McCullough -- current council president -- along with incumbents Dolores Johnson and Chip Hoskins all earned their way to the November election. McCullough received the most votes with 1,239, while Johnson finished with 961. Hoskins had 928. In addition, Bill Lovett had 792 votes, while Roger LaPlante tallied 404. In the Republican race for Clay County Coroner, voters believed in incumbent Joel Reinoehl, who finished with 1,878 votes to his challenger, John Fagg, who tallied 914. The only other contested race in Tuesday's Primary, at the county level, was on the Republican side for County Surveyor. Incumbent John Keller finished with 2,079 votes, while challenger Rustina Johnson tallied 610.

May 9

Accident sends one to hospital

A one-vehicle accident on State Road 42 led to one man being flown to Methodist Hospital. According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Chad Posey, 27, Poland, was traveling westbound on SR 42 and lost control of his vehicle. He was flown by Air Evac to Methodist Hospital. At the time of the accident, officials report Posey had a broken leg and lacerations, but was conscious. They were unaware whether he had any internal injuries.

May 10

Two arrested on burglary charges

According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement responded to a possible theft at an abandoned rental property located at 1955 E. Liberty St., Harmony. After searching several levels of the residence, a woman, later identified as Julie N. Buchanan, 28, Brazil, was located allegedly hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet.

A second woman, later identified as Tina L. Francis, 33, Brazil, was also located in a second bedroom upstairs, allegedly hiding under a bed. Buchanan was preliminarily charged with burglary (a class C felony) as well as trespass (a class A misdemeanor). Francis was preliminarily charged with burglary, trespass, possession of methamphetamine (a class D felony), and possession of paraphernalia (a class A misdemeanor).

May 11

Man arrested for shelter theft

The investigation of the theft of the air conditioning units at the Clay County Humane Society resulted in an arrest Friday. The Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested Edward E. Smith, 45, Monrovia, Ind., after looking into a lead from a concerned citizen.

Detectives and deputies learned the air conditioning units had been scrapped and retrieved photos from the business where the units had been sold.

May 13

Northview High School senior Chance Talbot is only dollars away from reaching his goal. Talbot was invited by Down Under Sports -- an organization based in North Logan, Utah -- to compete in the 24th Down Under Sports Tournament, which will take place in Australia this summer. Talbot is doing several fundraisers to raise money for the opportunity.

May 15

I-70 accident results in injuries

A three-vehicle crash involving a passenger car and two tractor-trailer combinations happened on Interstate-70 near the 22-mile marker. The crash resulted in critical injuries to the driver of the passenger car and no injuries to either tractor-trailer driver.

According to officials, a maroon 1997 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Thelma M. Tiefel, 90, Clay City, was traveling westbound in the driving lane and attempted to make an illegal U-turn in the paved cross over near the 22-mile marker. As the vehicle made a left turn from the driving lane, a westbound 2005 Freightliner tractor pulling a box trailer driven by Jose A. Tello, 37, Laredo, Texas, was in the passing lane and struck the Malibu in the driver's side. The initial impact forced the Malibu back into the driving lane, striking the driver's side of a box trailer being pulled by a 2010 Freightliner tractor driven by Earl G. Mattingly, 47, Brookville, Ind.

May 16

Cloverleaf Healthcare puts on a fashion show

Several residents at Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville participated in a fashion show to celebrate National Nursing Home Week (NNHW). A total of 13 women and one man got dressed up to walk the runway for the show. The residents picked out their own outfits with staff and family members helping. The staff decorated the room with white and purple balloons and had background music playing during the show.

May 17

Aselage wins trip to Los Angeles

Matthew Aselage, Northview High School junior, recently entered his name into a Pop Quiz Challenge via Channel One News -- an online news network for teenagers nationwide. The online network had asked viewers to enter their names into a drawing for an opportunity to be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the Channel One News Pop Quiz. Aselage told The Brazil Times he found out his name had been drawn during the 2012 Clay County Primary Election Tuesday, May 8. Aselage was one of two Indiana high school students chosen to take the trip to Los Angeles.

May 18

Fire destroys hotel office

The Knights Inn, located near the intersection of State Road 59 and SR 42, caught fire Friday afternoon. According to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Champion, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Two people were inside the building when the fire started; however, both escaped safely without any injuries. The fire was located in the office building of the hotel, which according to officials, is owned by Chirag Enterprises, Inc.

May 20

Together Again

The City of Brazil recently entered into a contract with Clay County Humane Society (CCHS) for the service of animal control for the city. Clay County Animal Rescue previously held the contract until it recently informed the city it would no longer be conducting its services. As the contract states, the city will pay the CCHS a total of $9,173.40, for the remainder of the year. The amount will be paid on a monthly basis by a total of $715.07, for May and $1,208.33, for the months of June through December.

May 22

Northview graduate killed in Afghanistan

According to reports, Spc. Arronn D. Fields, Knightsville, died May 21, after sustaining injuries during a rocket grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, during a mounted patrol. Spc. Fields, 27, had deployed in February with the 381st Military Police Company, 81st Troop Command as part of Task Force Guardian, a multi-unit military police force from Indiana. Spc. Fields enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 2006. He graduated from Northview High School in 2003.

May 23

YCC passes two amendments to its constiution

During the group's last meeting of the school year, the Northview High School Youth for the Community Committee (YCC) passed two amendments to its constitution by unanimous vote. According to YCC President Matthew Aselage, the group's third amendment to its constitution establishes election protocol in an effort to make election cycles run more efficiently. The fourth amendment added a new executive position by establishing a Secretary of Congress position, which will aide committee organization.

Aselage said the candidate will be selected at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

May 24

Former resident releases novel

Jeanne (Harris) Moschenrose is hoping to inspire others through her new book, "How to be Happy." She grew up in Clay County, the daughter of Wayne and Ima Jean Harris.

"How to be Happy" is Moschenrose's first book, and she said writing a book is something she's always wanted to do.

May 25

Finishing Touches

During the final Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) public hearing, Fundraising and Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Clark spoke with grant official Kent Anderson with Kenna Consulting about the final grant application papers. Anderson spoke to those in attendance about the grant and money S.O.S. rose. Clark said S.O.S. will find out if it received the grant at the end of August.

May 28

Reports on soldier inaccurate

While funeral arrangements are pending, the family of Spc. Arronn Fields wanted the community to know nothing has been set in stone. In fact, contrary to some media reports, Fields' body has not yet arrived in the Wabash Valley. On Sunday, reports surfaced that Fields' body had returned to the Wabash Valley. The reports, however, were incorrect. Rather, Spc. Fields' body is currently in Dover, Del. According to reports, the Department of Defense may release the body to the family in four to seven days.

May 29

Indiana parents of school-age students in grades 6-12 have the option to enroll their children in a statewide virtual public school program, as an alternative to the traditional setting. According to a press release, students enrolled in the "next generation charter school" work at their own pace to complete necessary coursework. The virtual school is an online charter school formed out of the partnership between Daleville Community Schools, BCI, a non-profit Indiana corporation and Pearson Learning, the largest educational content provider in the world. Indiana is the 23rd state to partner with Pearson.

May 30

Spc. Fields posters finished

Representatives of National Printing Converters, Inc., Brazil, began the task of delivering three different posters it has created in memory of Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville. NPC elected to draft three posters in honor of Spc. Fields. While the three have the same look, they have different wording. One states "American Hero," while another says, "God Bless." A third says, "Hometown Hero."

May 31

Coming Home

According to officials with Moore Funeral Home, the funeral procession route for Army Spc. Arronn D. Fields, has been selected. Moore Funeral Home owner and funeral director Rob Moore told The Brazil Times the body of Spc. Fields will arrive at the Terre Haute International Airport at approximately 10:45 a.m. From there, the funeral procession -- led by the Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion and law enforcement escort -- will travel west on State Road 42 to State Road 46 before going north. The procession will then travel east on United States 40 to Moore Funeral Home, 142 N. Washington St., Brazil.

June 1

Residents pay tribute to Spc. Arronn Fields

Citizens lined up along United States 40 (National Avenue) in Brazil to honor the return of Indiana National Guard Spc. Arronn Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, from injuries sustained during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Qal-ah-ye Mirza Jal, Afghanistan, while conducting a mounted patrol. A funeral procession took place Friday to honor Fields. After his body was flown to the Terre Haute International Airport, he was taken back to Brazil to Moore Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements.

June 3

Brazil teen dies in fall

A Brazil teen died in a fall from a rural Putnam County railroad bridge. Kody Allen Snyder, 16, Brazil, was pronounced dead at the Putnam County Hospital following a fall from the railroad bridge, commonly known as the Big Four Arch Bridge. Putnam County Sheriff's Department investigators said Snyder and four other males from the Brazil and Terre Haute area were at the bridge near County Road 500 West, climbing through the compartments under the rail bed.

June 4

Car wash for a cause

At Advance Auto Parts, Brazil, friends and family of the late Troy Jeffrey II are conducting a donation car wash. According to Baylor Girton, who was good friends with Jeffrey, all the money donated goes directly to Jeffrey's family. Jeffrey was killed in a single vehicle accident on Saturday, June 2, after losing control of his vehicle.

June 5

Council hears update on new 911 Fund

During the Clay County Council meeting, Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh updated the council on the new 911 Fund. The 911 Fund and PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) Fund were separate accounts that covered different costs for the 911 services. One fund collected the cellular phone fees, while the other collected landline fees. According to Alumbaugh, effective July 1, the state will administer all the 911 fees.

June 6

Two area men arrested

According to officials with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post, two area men -- including a Brazil individual -- were arrested for the alleged manufacturing and possession of a destructive device. Bobby J. Freeman, 47, Brazil, was taken into custody at his Kruzan Street residence May 24, and initially held in the Clay County Justice Center (CCJC) for a probation violation. Later during the same day, charges were upgraded to Possession of a Destructive Device (a class C felony).

Matthew Hay, 19, Terre Haute, was arrested at his residence without incident June 5, and taken to the Vigo County Jail. He was charged with one count of Possession of a Destructive Device (a class C felony). The warrant was from Vigo County Court Division 3 with his bond set at $30,000, 10 percent acceptable.

June 7

Democrats conduct caucus, fill position

The Clay County Democrats met in caucus Tuesday evening at the Clay County Courthouse to fill a handful of positions. According to Clay County Democrat Party Chair Joe Broyles, two of the positions were filled. Broyles told The Brazil Times the party filled its central committee treasurer position. In addition, the party also selected a person to run in the November election for Clay County Surveyor. Broyles said Donna Roscoe was selected to serve as the Central Democrat Committee Treasurer.

He added Frank Beasley would run for Clay County Surveyor in the fall.

June 8

INDOT announces new project

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced a resurfacing project will take place on Interstate-70 from just under six miles east of State Road 59 to three miles west of SR 243. INDOT Media Relations Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder told The Brazil Times the resurfacing projects have been an ongoing effort to improve I-70.

June 10

Juveniles detained for mail tampering

According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, two local juveniles were transported to a juvenile detention facility Sunday after allegedly tampering with mailboxes. According to information provided by the department, deputies were dispatched at approximately 6 a.m., Sunday, to an area along State Road 340, between County Road 200 West and County Road 300 West, regarding the alleged tampering.

Upon arrival, deputies noticed several pieces of mail scattered along SR 340. Deputies spoke with a witness who reported seeing subjects entering mailboxes and tampering with mail. The juveniles, according to information, are preliminarily being detained for felony theft, and criminal trespass and criminal mischief -- both of which are misdemeanors.

June 12

Board learns more about bus facility renovations

During a work session Tuesday, six of the Clay Community School (CCS) board members received more detailed information regarding the specific renovations needed for the corporation's new bus garage. During the session, which took place at the new facility, located at 410 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, Transportation Director Frank Misner, Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger and officials from Sycamore Engineering discussed what would be necessities to get the facility up and running.

June 13

Clay City man arrested

Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post concluded a weeklong investigation recently into allegations that a Clay City man had sexual relations with a 14-year-old female acquaintance from rural Clay County. Anthony G. Sappenfield, 19, Clay City, was arrested at the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post. Sappenfield was incarcerated in the Clay County Justice Center on three counts of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (a class C felony).

June 14

Rotary Club offering discounted tickets

Local residents can save some money this 4th of the July with $15 advance sale discounted "Pay-One-Price" ride tickets for the upcoming Rotary Club of Brazil's annual 4th of July Celebration. The ride tickets are now available at local banks and will continue to be available through June 26. The Pay-One-Price discount tickets are being sold at reduced price in Brazil area banks for a limited time only and can be redeemed for an unlimited ride bracelet at a lower cost.

June 15

City, Main Street honor area business for beautification

Officials with the City of Brazil and Brazil Main Street, Inc. honored Kelly Market and her father Ray Allen, owners of Alabama Bar and Grill with certificates of beautification. Officials with Pepsi and Clover Signs created the mural on the side of the bar.

June 17

Board talks new police vehicles

The Board of Public Works and Safety met Wednesday for a meeting and received information from the Brazil Police Department (BPD) regarding the purchase of new police vehicles. According to information provided to the council from the BPD, the department received a quote from Fletcher Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep for six Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles. The department plans to use a financing or lease program, which allows BPD to replace several vehicles at once with a smaller payment amount spread over a few years. Riddell National Bank quoted the department a 2.5 percent interest rate on the program. The need for new police vehicles comes at a time whe

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"A Look Back on 2012" in Clay County, only covers April 1st thru June 17th?? Why are only 78 of the 366 days in 2012 covered? Now that's just sad.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 7:41 PM

We are splitting it up over several days. Keep checking to read the entire year in review.

-- Posted by tfry on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 1:56 PM

So you start with Jan.1 2012, an go on. Not with April, why confuse people. Brazil is confused enough the way it is.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 7:22 AM

We did start with Jan. 1. Check the newspaper.

-- Posted by tfry on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 10:27 AM

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