July 1, 2012
Residents evacuated following gas leak
A handful of residents in Brazil received a scare Saturday morning due to a gas line rupture.
Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told The Brazil Times the final competitors in the YMCA of Clay County Firecracker run were suddenly notified of a ruptured gas line in a home near Church and Kruzan streets.
The situation was taken care of quickly and residents were able to return to their homes within hours.
July 2, 2012
Annual fireworks show postponed
Due to weather conditions, officials elected to postpone the annual Rotary Club of Brazil fireworks display.
Officials made the decision after other surrounding counties also did.
July 3, 2012
Man dies following accident
A Brazil man died following an accident north of Interstate-70 Tuesday morning.
According to officials, Donald Hardesty, 52, Brazil, was heading north on State Road 59 driving a tanker full of molasses.
For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered off the road to the right and into a gulley off Little Birch Creek.
July 4, 2012
Resolutions honor local youth
The Clay County Commissioners approved two resolutions honoring and commending local youth.
The resolutions recognized Mark Underwood, Chandler Reeves, Mitchell Thomas and KJ Thomas as ambassadors for the community. The students were taking a trip to England to play in the 2012 GotSoccer International Cup.
July 5, 2012
Family builds local castle
After 10 years of planning, Doug and Mary Jo Smock's plan for Clayshire Castle, which sits on property in Bowling Green, was completed.
Clayshire means "Clay County," as shire is an Old English word for county.
July 10, 2012
Finkbiner formally charged
Richard L. Finkbiner, 39, was preliminarily charged with two counts of sexually explointing two minors.
However, after three months of additional investigating, officials announced he could face more charges related to an alleged sextortion scheme.
July 12, 2012
Ordinance catches snag
Ordinance No. 10-2012, which added to and amended many aspects of Brazil's animal control ordinance, was thoroughly discussed by the city council.
Council member Dustin Jorgensen did not like one of the additions, which would require pet owners to register their animals yearly, for a fee of $5 for an altered animal (spayed or neutered) or $50 for an unaltered animal.
July 13, 2012
School Board increases student lunch prices
The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved a measure to increase the price of meals for the 2012-13 school year.
The meals were raised in price across the board, per guidelines by the United States Department of Agriculture.
July 14, 2012
Standoff results in arrest
Fred C. Mullins Jr., 28, Coalmont, was preliminarily charged with Criminal Confinement, Strangulation, Intimidation, Resisting Law Enforcement, Battery, Interference with Reporting a Crime, Possession of Paraphernalia and False Reporting after an altercation in southern Clay County.
According to officials, Mullins Jr. held an unidentified female in a Coalmont home before being Tasered and taken into custody.
July 15, 2012
First Troy's 'Slow Ride' set
The first Troy's "Slow Ride" was scheduled to take place Saturday, July 28.
The event was organized in memory of Troy Allen Jeffrey II, 17, Brazil, who was killed in a tragic vehicle accident June 2, 2012.
July 18, 2012
Officials say burn ban on 'indefinitely'
The Clay County Commissioners instituted a burn ban June 28 and on July 18, stated the ban was to be implemented indefinitely due to drought-like conditions.
July 19, 2012
Water customers asked to conserve
After a water shortage warning was released by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the City of Brazil Water Works asked all water customers to "impose a voluntary water restriction and conservation" of water.
July 22, 2012
Construction beginning on Clay Community Skate Park
Officials with the Clay Community Skate Park Association said construction of the park is underway.
Skelton Complete Tree Service helped with the cutting and tearing down of a handful of trees in the area.
July 24, 2012
Items recovered after recent burglaries
Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department unveiled a list of items recovered from a rash of burglaries.
The amount of recovered items was estimated at close to $10,000.
The investigation began some time ago in reference to several burglaries in the southern portion of the county in the Cory area.
July 25, 2012
Brazil man arrested
Scott C. Freeman, 47, Brazil, was arrested on several charges of attempting to receive methamphetamine through the mail. A joint investigation between the Clay County Sheriff's Department and United States Postal Inspectors identified a package containing a large quantity of the drug.
July 26, 2012
Weight restriction placed on bridge
The Indiana Department of Transportation placed a weight limit restriction of 16 tons on the State Road 46 Bridge over the Eel River in Clay County.
July 27, 2012
Fire causes massive damage
Local firefighters battled a blaze at the home of 304 W. Blaine St., Brazil, throughout the day.
July 30, 2012
Brazil man arrested for intent to distribute
Brazil officers arrested a man for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
According to Police Chief Clint McQueen, Darius Hammond, 28, Brazil, was arrested after a traffic stop. Officers discovered two ounces of marijuana inside the vehicle, leading to the arrest.
July 31, 2012
Local resident John Philip Huber, who was studying abroad at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, managed to take in some of the 2012 Olympics in London. He also was able to hold the Olympic Torch as it traveled through Great Britain.
August 2, 2012
One dies following accident on SR 59
A Rochester, Ind., man died in a car crash at the intersection of State Roads 42 and 59 in Brazil.
Officials said the driver of an SUV, heading south on SR 59, apparently disregarded a stop sign at the intersection. The vehicle collided with a semi-truck that was turning onto SR 59 north from SR 42. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.
August 3, 2012
Local law enforcement asks for help
The Clay County Sheriff's Department is requesting the help of citizens in an investigation of a series of church burglaries.
According to officials, six burglary reports had been taken in the area for three days.
August 5, 2012
County's ties to Olympic games
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, marked the 80th anniversary of Brazil's Ivan Fuqua winning a gold member as a member of the 1932 United States 1,600-meter relay team. The 1932 Olympics took place in Los Angeles.
August 6, 2012
Line repaired; boil order still intact
A 12-inch main that broke had been repaired, but Brazil and surrounding areas were still under a boil order until further notice.
August 7, 2012
A proposal for a new war memorial was approved by the Clay County Commissioners.
The memorial was honor Clay County residents lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
August 8, 2012
Council discusses rate increases
The Brazil City Council met to discuss a proposal for water and wastewater improvement projects.
According to officials, more proposed rate increases were needed for capital projects which were needed to improve utilities.
August 9, 2012
Proposed ordinance tabled, workshop scheduled
The animal ordinance, which the Brazil City Council has been working on for quite some time, was tabled in favor of a workshop for council members.
Officials stressed public input was important regarding improving the city's animal control.
August 12, 2012
City golf course sets up first fundraiser
The Forest Park Golf Course announced plans to conduct an equipment benefit fundraiser scramble Saturday, Aug. 18, with a shotgun start.
August 14, 2012
Two-town boil order lifted
Now that a 10-inch water main has been replaced for water customers in Knightsville and Harmony, officials stated a boil order had been lifted.
In fact, Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch said department officials believed they would have fewer water line leaking issues in the future.
August 15, 2012
Head-on collision results in fatality
Emergency officials were dispatched east of the County Road 425 overpass for a fatal accident on State Road 42.
Upon arrival, officials found a two vehicles had collided.
The driver of one vehicle, Charlotte Gutherie, 66, Brazil, was pronounced dead at the scene.
August 16, 2012
Burn ban to remain despite rain
The Clay County Commissioners told The Brazil Times the countywide burn ban was still intact despite the county receiving some rain.
August 19, 2012
Memo to motorists: Stop
Local law enforcement and Clay Community Schools officials remind officials to keep an eye out for stop-arms on schools buses.
With the school year underway, officials had already started receiving reports of motorists ignoring stop-arms when they are in use.
August 22, 2012
Fireworks show to follow concert
The Rotary Club of Brazil confirmed to The Brazil Times the club's annual fireworks show was to take place Sunday, Aug. 26, following the season finale of the Brazil Concert Band.
August 24, 2012
Brazil Main Street to host 'Night at the Museum'
Brazil Main Street, Inc., announced plans to host "A Night at the Museum," in order to promote the Clay County Historical Museum and teach community members about the history of the county.
The event was scheduled for Sept. 29.
August 28, 2012
Council conducts session for animal ordinance
The Brazil City Council conducted a workshop concerning the proposed animal ordinance, which immediately followed a special meeting for the first reading of two ordinances.
The council met with residents and asked for public input during the workshop.
August 29, 2012
First Mayor's Ride will benefit the Humane Shelter
The City of Brazil announced the first Mayor's Ride would take place Sept. 8, with all proceeds benefiting the Clay County Humane Shelter.
August 31, 2012
Two arrested in Clay County for multiple felonies
A man wanted in Putnam County on several charges and a Brazil woman were arrested at a rural Clay County residence.
According to officials, Robert J. Price II, 33, Rosedale, and Amber Odom, 30, Brazil, were arrested after an anonymous tip led officials to the residence.
September 1, 2012
Poland Grocery Store robbed
Officials were on the lookout for two men following an armed robbery at the Poland Grocery and Hardware Store, 8475 State Road 42, Poland.
Witnesses reported a white man entered the store and allegedly picked up items before walking to the cash register, where he displayed a handgun and asked for the money in the register.
The man got into a vehicle, driven by another man, which then traveled north out of Poland.
September 2, 2012
Two arrested in connection to robberies
Two men, including a Clay County resident, were arrested in connection to an armed robbery.
The men, Michael Kelley, 20, Poland, and Joseph Kuiper, 21, Demont, Ind., were taken into custody in the Indianapolis area by the U.S. Marshal's Task Force.
The men were preliminarily charged with the armed robbery of the Poland Grocery and Hardware Store.
September 6, 2012
Cheatham sentenced to 15 years
The United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced Timothy A. Cheatham, Harmony, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison following his guilty plea to charges that he conspired with intent to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Brazil area.
September 7, 2012
Joint investigation nabs three arrests
In a joint investigation between Parke, Putnam and Clay County, three individuals were arrested, two of which had connections to Clay County.
Authorities seized marijuana plants with combined potential values of nearly $500,000 after several search warrants were executed.
The searches resulted in the arrests of Tracey W. Burk, 43, Rockville, Stephen D. Burk, 66, Reelsville, and Kristie L. Walker, 40, Rockville.
September 9, 2012
Soldiers' memory lives on in fund
The efforts of several members of the Knightsville community helped a scholarship fund grow.
The scholarship fund was put together in memory of Spc. Arronn David Fields, 27, Knightsville, who died May 21, in combat while serving in Afghanistan with the United States Army.
September 11, 2012
Residents and officials gathered at multiple places throughout Clay County to reflect on the 11-year anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
September 12, 2012
Northview sign gets upgraded
Through donations from Riddell National Bank, the sign in front of Northview High School was recently upgraded.
The sign was originally purchased with financial support from the bank and the Northview Knight Boosters in the early 90s.
September 14, 2012
American Legion pays off debt
The American Legion Post 2 announced it had paid off its debt and celebrated at its monthly meeting.
September 6, 2012
Accident sends one to hospital
A 15-year-old Clay County boy was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis following a motorcycle accident.
Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Tempel said it appeared the boy may have attempted a jump, lost control of his dirt bike and wrecked.
Emergency responders said the boy may have had fractures to both arms in addition to possible internal and head injuries.
September 18, 2012
Poland bank robbed
A man allegedly robbed the First Financial Bank, located at 8490 E. State Road 42, Poland.
The man was described as being a middle-aged white male. He was last seen wearing a khaki-colored baseball cap, sunglasses, a blue sweatshirt, blue pants and light-colored sneakers.
September 19, 2012
Rate increase adopted
The Brazil City Council met for the final adoptions of proposed water and sewer rate increases.
Ordinance No. 11-2012 will enact a 25 percent increase for water rates, while Ordinance No. 12-2012, will raise sewage rates by 14 percent.
September 21, 2012
Local man has KISS connection
Mark Buckingham recently designed drumsticks for KISS drummer Eric Singer, and the drumsticks are currently being sold at the band's concerts.
In 2011, Buckingham painted a drumstick for Singer with a picture of him in full makeup and one of his outfits.
Eventually, the drumsticks were printed and sold at concerts for $25.
September 25, 2012
Residents to honor former principal
Community members set up a special party to honor former Eastside Elementary Principal Mary Ray. The party was scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at the YMCA of Clay County.
September 26, 2012
Traci Miller announced she had continued her fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease she was diagnosed with in 2011.
Since her diagnosis, Miller, who was an art teacher at Northview, had used her talents to help the ALS Association Indiana Chapter by drawing pictures on cards.
September 30, 2012
Abraham Lincoln (as portrayed by local resident T.J. Sneddon) was one of several famous people on hand at "A Night at the Museum," which took place at the Clay County Historical Museum. The event, set up by Brazil Main Street, Inc., and the Clay County Historical Society, also included a free viewing of the film, "A Night at the Museum," on the Brazil City Hall lawn.