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A Look Back on 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

January 2, 2012

City council creates new clerk position

The Brazil City Council met and signed a resolution creating the position of a second deputy clerk in the clerk-treasurer's office. The second deputy clerk will be the HR/Safety Director in charge of human resources, safety and insurance. The newly created position assists with normal responsibilities in the Clerk-Treasurer's office.

January 3, 2012

Council sees presentation

During the first Clay County Council meeting of the year, Mike McCullough was nominated to remain in his position as council president, and Rita Rothrock was nominated to remain in her position as council vice president.

January 6, 2012

Lake House Restaurant hosts comedians

Lake House Restaurant in Staunton recently teamed up with Comedy & Co., Bloomington, to have performances on the first Saturday of each month.

January 8, 2012

Council receives another option for wastewater issues

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. Vice President Mark Sullivan presented another, possibly "more financially feasible," option to solve Carbon's wastewater treatment issues.

January 10, 2012

Center Point council discusses water projects

Discussions at the Center Point Town Council meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, centered mainly on drinking water and wastewater maintenance projects.

January 13, 2012

Administrators start new positions

Two Clay Community School (CCS) administrators transitioned into new positions after a 4-1-1 vote in favor of the decision passed Thursday, Jan. 12. During the CCS board meeting, Clay City Elementary School (CCES) Principal Dorene Kenworthy was named Transition Principal at North Clay Middle School (NCMS), with board member Forrest Buell opposing and Secretary Ron Scherb abstaining.

January 16, 2012

Architects deliver design to CCS

MMS-AE Architects Steve Arnold and Jodi Goings, Terre Haute, announced Clay Community Schools will spend just less than $300,000 to renovate the soon-to-be CCS central office, 1013 S. Forest Ave., during the January school board meeting.

January 18, 2012

Area man dies in Afghanistan

A Clay County man died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. AAR Airlift Spokesman Chris Mason confirmed to The Brazil Times Wednesday Michael Clawson, 51, Brazil, was one of three crew members killed in the accident, which took place in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan, at approximately 10:45 a.m., local time, Jan. 16, 2012.

January 25, 2012

Brazil man arrested for child molesting

An ongoing investigation of a child molesting case resulted in the arrest of a Brazil man. According to Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen, Joshua McCown-Haviland, 32, Brazil, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the charge of child molesting and was booked at the Clay County Justice Center (CCJC).

January 26, 2012

City Council tackles state of golf course

The Brazil City Council met Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a special meeting to discuss the ongoing financial woes of the Forest Park Golf Course. Mayor Brian Wyndham summarized the problem to the council and city members who attended the meeting. Ultimately, the board decided 3-2 to provide the golf course with $30,000, as needed, from the Rainy Day Fund.

January 29, 2012

Heaton enjoyed new position with ISA

At the beginning of the year, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton became the second Clay County Sheriff to serve as president of the Indiana Sheriff's Association (ISA). Elections for the ISA officers take place every year during the summer conference. All 92 sheriffs in the state are eligible to run for offices. Heaton was elected as president in July 2011 for a one-year term.

January 30, 2012

Water line breaks

Officials from the Brazil Water Department worked on a broken water line on Monday, Jan. 30. The line broke around 10:30 a.m. The water line broke down near United States 40 in front of Kroger.

January 31, 2012

Loan approved

The Brazil Common Council met on Monday, Jan. 30, to pass the resolution that will approve the loan to the Golf Course. Resolution No. 1-2012 will approve the inter-fund loan transfer of $30,000 from the Rainy Day Fund to the Golf Course Fund.

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl will feature local ties

The 2012 National Football League Super Bowl had a Clay County connection. Northview Marching Knights' staff members Jon Vanderkolff, Whitney Medworth and Susie Ferreira -- along with Brazil resident Connie Sheehan -- were all actively involved in the halftime show, which featured Madonna.

February 5, 2012

Two arrested in connection to burglary

Two Coal City men were arrested in the early morning of Saturday, Feb. 4, in connection to a possible burglary attempt. According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department both Trevor Dakota Mace, 19, and William L. Akard, 42, were arrested following the incident.

February 6, 2012

Allen to retire at end of year

North Clay Middle School (NCMS) Principal Jeffery Allen did not exercise administrative responsibilities during the 2012-13 school year. During an interview, Clay Community Schools (CCS) Superintendent Kimberly Tucker confirmed that Allen would retire at the conclusion of this semester.

February 7, 2012

Residents voice road concerns

During the Clay County Commissioners' Monday, Feb. 6, meeting, three Clay County residents shared concerns of area road conditions. Charlie Cook spoke with the commissioners about poor ditching on County Road 200 W, between CR 700 N and CR 800 N. Kelly Moore, spoke with the commissioners about CR 300 W and CR 300 N, a mile south of State Road 42. Scott Sawyer is concerned about CR 300 N, in Poland.

February 10, 2012

Commissioners discuss State Road 340

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) presented a proposal to the Clay County Commissioners concerning State Road 340. INDOT and the commissioners are in preliminary discussions on the relinquishment of State Road 340 to Clay County, mostly about financing issues.

February 12, 2012

Area resident moves into Habitat home

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Habitat for Humanity of Clay County dedicated their seventh county home to Hofmann and her sons, Cory, 14, and Nicholas, 10. In order to qualify for a home, applicants had to work on the house. Hofmann said she painted the majority of the home and completed her 100 hours of work with other odd jobs.

February 15, 2012

Concerns raised over proposal

A packed house of citizens voiced concerns over a proposed temporary asphalt plant at a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Brazil City Hall. Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc., North Vernon, will operate the plant at 2712 W. State Road 340, which is zoned open industrial. Dan O'Mara, vice president and chief financial officer, Amy Boswell, vice president and director of business administration and Josh Shaw, general plant manager were on hand to represent the company.

February 16, 2012

Man remains at-large

An ongoing search for a Clay County man who was indicted on federal drug charges Tuesday, Feb. 14. According to officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department (CCSD), Sankey Rust, 32, Brazil, remained at-large. Sheriff Mike Heaton said his department has received some leads on Rust's whereabouts, but have been unable to find him.

February 17, 2012

Wanted fugitive captured

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed that on the morning of Friday Feb. 17, a Clay County man, wanted on federal drug charges, was apprehended late Thursday evening in Terre Haute. Sankey Rust, 32, was one of 18 individuals who were federally indicted Wednesday morning on charges of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing methamphetamine.

February 20, 2012

Portion of Brazil under boil order

According to Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubach, a section of the city is under a boil order. The boil advisory was from County Road 200 to 300 on the south side of State Road 340, and residents from CR 300 West, a little past 425. Raubach said the boil order stems from a line that was cut into by a resident doing personal work.

February 23, 2012

Arrests linked to illegal hunting activities in area

Two Wabash Valley men were arrested Thursday, Feb. 23, by Indiana Conservation Officers on multiple alleged violations of wildlife laws. A 12-month investigation conducted by conservation officers allege that James L. Jacob, 37, Brazil, committed one class D felony of unlawful sale or shipment of wild animals, in addition to five class B misdemeanors, and 14 class C misdemeanors, while Ronald Hayne, 62, Terre Haute, allegedly committed eight class C misdemeanors.

February 24, 2012

CCS working to stop bullying

A 17-year-old Brazil resident says he's afraid to go to school or walk around the community after approximately four years of repeated bullying, and school officials say bullying is a universal problem they are working to address. According to his mother, the young man attended Northview High School the first nine-weeks of the 2011-12 school year. Clay Community Schools Superintendent Kimberly Tucker and Northview High School (NHS) Principal Lynn Romas both say the corporation is working to solve bullying conflicts.

February 26, 2012

CCS sets future goals

Clay Community School (CCS) board members set new achievement goals and revised strategies in hopes to see a corporation-wide academic growth increase. During a special session Saturday, board members met at Wabash Campground Heritage Lodge, 304 E. County Road 650 S., Clay City, to discuss new ways of reaching both realistic and idealistic goals for the 2012-15 school years.

March 1, 2012

Webster trial rescheduled

The jury trial for a former City of Brazil employee has been rescheduled. Former Brazil Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster was to appear in Owen County Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 27, at 9 a.m., with Judge Frank Nardi presiding. However, according to court documents, the trial was rescheduled for Oct. 1, 2012.

March 2, 2012

Slain teacher has ties to Brazil

A United States teacher who was killed in Iraq had connections to Brazil. Jeremiah Small, 33, Cosmopolis, Wash., was killed by an 18-year-old male Iraqi student in his classroom earlier this week.

March 6, 2012

Knights band trailer receives makeover

Through the generosity of a local business, the Northview High School (NHS) Marching Knights band trailer received a makeover. According to NMK Band Director Bob Medworth, band booster Stephanie Bowman Morgan and others from the group approached Great Dane in regard to the trailer who helped refurbish the trailer.

March 13, 2012

Bids open for construction

The Clay Community Schools (CCS) Board of Trustees opened bids Tuesday, Mar. 12, for Administration Building renovations. CCS Business Manager Tim Gorman opened the bids for the four board members in attendance at Tuesday's meeting. Five companies submitted bids for the project, including CDI, Inc. (Terre Haute), Earl C. Rodgers and Associates (West Terre Haute), Evan and Ryan Electrical Contractors (Terre Haute), Hannig Construction (Terre Haute) and MSI Construction (Clinton, Ind.).

March 16, 2012

Water adjustments discussed

The Board of Public Work and Safety met on Wednesday, Mar. 14, to discuss water adjustments for area laundromats. According to Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, it was found the usage adjustments are for 50 percent. The board discussed removing the adjustment all together.

March 18, 2012

'We were just in awe ...'

Bryan Husband's line of work leads him down many paths, almost daily. But a journey he recently undertook was one that left a profound impression on him. The Clay County Emergency Management Director, along with several others, recently traveled to southern Indiana to help with the cleanup following devastating storms that left more than a dozen dead.

March 20, 2012

Committee approves resolution

The Clay County Building Corporation met on Tuesday, Mar. 13, to approve a resolution allowing the refinancing of the 2004 outstanding bonds for the Clay County Justice Center. Jason Semler, Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, presented the Building Corporation with preliminary documents to approve the market and sale of bonds to potential buyers.

March 22, 2012

Police:Man pocketed relief money

A two-week investigation resulted in an arrest of a Clay County man earlier in the week. On Tuesday, Mar. 20, Indiana State Police officials arrested Gerald Scott Flint, 53, Brazil. The initial arrest was for Possession of a Legend Drug, a class D felony, out of Jackson County.

March 23, 2012

Two locals honored

Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley honored two Clay County residents during its Hall of Fame Awards banquet on Thursday, Mar. 22. The event took place at the Ohio Building, Terre Haute. Forest Park Elementary School second-grade teacher Kathy Twitchell was named Educator of the Year by the organization while Sam Glover was named Volunteer of the Year.

March 26, 2012

Northview captures state percussion title

The Northview High School Percussion ensemble earned its first Indiana State Championship on Saturday, Mar. 24. The finals took place at Ben Davis High School. Competing in the PSA Division, Northview scored a 91.6 to win the title. Greenwood placed second with an 89.97 and Maconaquah finished third with an 86.3.

March 29, 2012

Officials resolving sign issue

A misunderstanding involving a popular Clay County sign appears to have been all taken care of. On Thursday, Mar. 22, Clay County Commissioners President Charlie Brown said he had been contacted by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) regarding the Bowling Green Old Settlers sign on the west side of the town. Brown said INDOT officials explained to him the sign had been classified as a billboard and required a license in order to stay in place. Brown had to be in contact with members of the Bowling Green Old Settlers Committee to get the needed application and waiver forms filled out.

March 30, 2012

New CCHS AD starts Monday

Robert Boltinghouse will begin his duties as the new Clay City High School (CCHS) Assistant Principal and Athletic Director on Monday, April 2. "I am thankful for the position," Boltinghouse said. "Whenever you interview for a job and you are the one chosen, it means they believe in you."

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