This week is National Radon Action Week according to the U.S. EPA. Health agencies throughout the nation have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a national health issue and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, and odorless radioactive gas. It is not isolated to certain geographic areas or home types. According to the EPA, radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the United States and it has caused more fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined.By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, a potential health hazard can be avoided.If a home hasn’t been test for radon in the past two years, the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend residents to contact the state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.Visit Indiana’s Radon Website. National Radon Action Week is October 21- 27. Learn more about the federal plan at Radon Plan.
The male occupant that was involved in a crash that killed a Jennings County woman is clinging to his own life, according to sources.Steven Fletcher, 31, also of Jennings County, was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following the one-vehicle crash Monday. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday with head and internal injuries, sources say.Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen has not been able to confirm which occupant was the driver of the vehicle that led a homeowner and police on a pursuit that concluded about a mile south of State Road 3.
The daily commute will soon be longer for those that travel a portion of U.S. 52. The road will be closed approximately a mile east of Brookville, near Orschell’s Curve beginning Wednesday afternoon.The closure is near the area of Hyde, Little Cedar and Holland Road. State highway crews will close the section of road for an indefinite amount of time to repair slide off issues. It could exceed three weeks.For those attending White’s Sale Barn Wednesday, the road should remain open in the early afternoon when they leave the flea market.Official detour routes will be displayed from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Although the United States is still not considered a world power in soccer, it certainly is starting to get the attention of the world soccer community. They probably aren’t yet ready to challenge the power countries of Brazil and Mexico, but they can certainly hold their own in most of their matches these days.The United States team is well known only to the true soccer fan, as they are not yet on the national scene like pro-football, basketball, and baseball. Around the rest of the world, soccer easily outdraws the other pro sports each and every year. Internationally, soccer is considered the “real” sport of the people.You can bet that as TV gets more involved with this International Soccer Tournament, people in the United States will get on board like the rest of the world.
State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) met with business owners regarding Main Street construction in 2017.BROOKVILLE – State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) recently met with dozens of local business owners to discuss the proposed construction coming to Main Street U.S. 52 in 2017.Some owners previously expressed concerns regarding the subtraction of nearly sixty parking spots in front of businesses from 4th to 6th streets, according to the Brookville American-Democrat.They also voiced concern over the duration of the Indiana Department of Transportation project and the impact it would have on Main Street businesses.McMillin recently met with 37 community members to discuss ideas regarding the project.“We have 2 and a half years to plan for what is going to be a great opportunity for our community,” McMillin said.“Something like this is going to affect everyone on Main Street and everyone that comes through our Main Street. We were getting people together so we report back to INDOT through our town council as to what the town wants.”McMillin added that there was a collective resolution to work toward certain aspects of the project which could likely be presented to the Brookville Town-Council next week.Along with several business owners that attended the meeting, McMillin agrees that keeping the historical integrity of Brookville is highly important as well as easy access to businesses, including on-street parking and parking lots.“That was one of the big things that came out of the meeting that I think is great. We have a unified front to try and locate additional off-street parking so that parking could be created before the 2017 project starts,” McMillin said.“So for businesses to be successful we want to make sure we provide every possible opportunity for customers to get to businesses conveniently.”The proposed Main Street U.S. 52 project could likely span from Blue Creek Rd. near IGA to U.S. 52 going toward Metamora.
The East Central Trojans defeated The Shelbyville Golden Bears 48-12 in The Football Sectionals Semi-Finals.EC vs Shelbyville Football Sectionals Short Box (10-31)EC will be hosting the 4A #1 and defending State Champs Columbus East Olympians for The Sectional 23 Title.Kickoff at Trojan Field will be at 7PM.WRBI’s coverage begins with The Countdown To Kickoff at 5:50 PM.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows.
MINNEAPOLIS, Min. — Greensburg graduate Alex Meyer is heading back to the major leagues.The Minnesota Twins will recall Meyer from Triple-A Rochester, according to team sources.The 2008 Greensburg grad made his Major League Baseball debut in 2015 and pitched against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park last June.It’s been a rocky start for the Twins who have a current record of 6-14.
As I was reading an article in the Indy Star, the idea of putting in a Mercy Rule in Indiana football is being discussed. What do you think?The IHSAA would favor it, but most coaches do not. They do not like a “give up” attitude. This was brought about by the number of early season high school games that resulted in margins over 40 points. You may remember last year New Palestine averaged over 60 points a game during the regular season. Most of their games were over after the first quarter.Twenty states have adopted a Mercy Rule that when a team is ahead by 40 points at half time, you use a running clock for the second half. A similar number of states have a stoppage rule, but the number of points at which the game is terminated is not consistent among those states. I have seen mutual agreement rules between coaches that they start a running clock when the game is obviously out of hand.People my age remember the Batesville/North Decatur game about 40 years ago, and I think Batesville scored 114 points in the game. A running clock would not have helped in that game, because almost every Batesville touchdown in the second half was a one-play touchdown. In this game, it would have taken a stoppage rule.I think the running clock is one option that I could support, but I do not want a system which does not allow younger players their chance to play in a varsity game. Some schools put in the younger players but they do not allow them to do anything but run straight ahead into the line so they won’t score any more. This does not help the younger athletes learn the speed of a varsity game. This is worse than a Mercy Rule.
Lawrence Walden, age 84 of Harrison, OH passed away Sunday morning, November 27, 2016 in Brookville, IN. Born June 26, 1932 in Elk Valley, TN he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Walden & Nellie (Bridges) Walden.Lawrence was a retired teamster who had received the Million Mile Safety Award as an over-the-road truck driver. He loved driving his truck and also loved music. He played banjo in a few bluegrass bands. He was a member of the East Fork Freewill Baptist Church in Guilford, IN.Lawrence is preceded in death by his wife Mary Lucille (Crider) Walden, his son Winfred E. Walden, his sister Gail Bird and all his siblings Howard Phillips, Roby Phillips, Luther Phillips, Ernest Phillips, Earl Phillips, Luthena Scalf & his twin sister Florence Smith. He is survived by his sons Larry Walden (Maria), David Walden (Rhonda) & Ernest Phillip Smith-Walden; his daughters Shirley Baker (Rick), Mary Ann Moore (Ronnie), Kathleen Puckett (Randy) & Donna Schuman (Steve) along with 22 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 5-8pm at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, Harrison, OH. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:30am at the funeral home with his son Larry Walden officiating. Burial will immediately follow services in Glen Haven Cemetery.
The Freshman Boys Basketball team won an exciting game on Saturday against North Decatur 45-36.The game was tied after the 1st quarter 11-11. Batesville had the lead going into the the half 24-18. North Decatur, however, fought back in the 3rd quarter, taking the lead at one point from Batesville. The 4th quarter proved to be the difference as Batesville outscored North Decatur 14-4, ending the game 45 – 36.The Bulldogs were led by Charlie Dice with 14, Cory Ralston 12, Seth Gausman 8, Bill Lynam 5, and Shane Meer and Jacob Deutsch with 3 a each.The Bulldogs host East Central Thursday at 6pm at BHS.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.