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2/20/18

"Bridge approach subject of tonight's INDOT hearing"

The Indiana Department of Transportation will conduct a formal public hearing on tonight to record comments pertaining to the proposed plan for U.S. Highway 421’s half-mile approach to the Milton-Madison Bridge in Madison. This preferred alternative plan for routing U.S. 421 through an area of historic homes emerged after a series of public meetings narrowed options of “Project 421” to a consensus favorite based on community input.
The U.S. 421 hearing will take place at the Brown Gym at 4 p.m. At that time, the public will have the opportunity to view plans and ask questions of consulting engineers and INDOT officials associated with the project. At 6 p.m. there will be a visually-reinforced presentation of the project, which will be immediately followed by the formal hearing.
During INDOT’s hearing, for-the-record comments from individuals with concerns or comments about the proposed plan will be recorded. Verbal statements recorded during the hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during, or for two weeks after the hearing will be considered before development of final engineer plans. Written comments may be submitted to:
INDOT Public Hearings
IGCN Room N642
100 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

More information is available online at project421.com.

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"Police investigate social media threats at MCHS"

Police officers were on the scene at Madison Consolidated High School Monday morning after threatening posts were made on social media.
According to a release from Madison Consolidated Schools, at 7:20 a.m. on February 19 MCHS administrators were contacted by a parent regarding a concerning post on social media that their student had been told about from another student. Administrators and the high school’s school resource officer notified local law enforcement as a precaution and requested additional support on campus during the investigation.
As officers began to talk with students it was learned that one student saw a post on Facebook over the weekend and told other students about the post. The post could not be located by students or police.
A second incident, unrelated to the first, was also reported to administrators after a student said they saw a different post on SnapChat threatening a high school administrator. The student who allegedly made the post was a student who had been suspended, pending expulsion.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department released a statement Monday afternoon, in which the department says a seventeen-year-old male was detained and charged with Intimidation and Escape. The Escape charge stems from previous charges in which the juvenile violated home incarceration. The juvenile is currently incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility where he awaits his initial court appearance.
MCS Communications Director Ashley Schutte told WORX that at no point was MCHS under a lockdown. The additional officers were called in to investigate as a precaution.
MCS Interim Superintendent Jeff Studebaker sent a letter to parents saying the district is continuing to evaluate its emergency policies, especially in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Studebaker encouraged parents to tell their students: “If you See Something, Say Something - no incident is too small or insignificant if you or your student feel there is a safety concern, this is a community concern and together we can make a difference.”
For more information, contact MCS at 812-274-8001.

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"Mail carrier found dead in overturned car in Jefferson County"

A postal worker is found dead in her overturned vehicle.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, at 7:30 p.m. on February 17, a deputy responded to the United States Postal Service in downtown Madison regarding a missing Postal Service employee. A USPS supervisor and the Madison Postmaster told the officer that 31-year-old Rural Carrier Associate Teelah M. Kappeler of Hanover had not returned from her designated mail route in eastern Jefferson County. The supervisor said Kappeler’s last delivery was made at 3:12 p.m. somewhere on Ball Diamond Road just inside Switzerland County.
The USPS provided the deputy with Kappeler’s pre-planned route to assist in the search. Further information was gathered on Kappeler’s vehicle.
After obtaining information from the USPS, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, Switzerland County Sheriff’s deputies, and USPS employees began searching areas inside and near Jefferson County’s Milton Township. At 10:04 p.m., Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a call from the Madison Postmaster informing them that Kappeler’s vehicle was located flipped over on its top and partially submerged in a creek in the 9000 Block of East Little Brushy Fork Road. A Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy who was the first to arrive on scene entered the water and located Kappeler’s body inside the vehicle before pulling it to shore.
Kappeler was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Evidence at the scene indicates that Kappeler’s vehicle was traveling west on East Little Brushy Fork Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway before rolling over a steep concrete culvert and landing in the creek inverted. A cause of death will be determined by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office at a later date.

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"Multi-agency, multi-county car chase lands two in jail for drugs"

Two are arrested on drug charges after leading five different law enforcement agencies on a two-county pursuit.
According to the Indiana State Police, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday officers with the Clarksville Town Police attempted to stop a vehicle for expired license plates when the vehicle fled north on Interstate 65. Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg joined the pursuit and chased the car north on I-65.
Troopers attempted to deploy stop sticks near the 28 Mile Marker near Scottsburg in Scott County, but the driver avoided the stop sticks. The car exited the interstate in Austin and travelled east on State Road 256. At this point troopers called off the pursuit for safety reasons, as the pursuit was entering heavy traffic and heading towards the Austin schools.
The vehicle continued travelling on State Road 256 through Austin at a high rate of speed, and after the car left the city limits the Austin City Police, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scottsburg City Police started pursuing the vehicle again. Approximately four miles East of Austin, the car pulled into a driveway near New Frankfort Road. The occupants exited the car and attempted to flee on foot before they were apprehended shortly after.
The driver, Trevor Scott King of Jeffersonville, was arrested on charges of Driving While Suspended, Fleeing Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness and an out-of-county warrant. He was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail. The passenger of the vehicle, Seth Tyler Willet of Jeffersonville, was taken into custody before being transported to the Scott County Hospital for observation after he allegedly swallowed a controlled substance in an attempt to hide it from the police. Charges will be pending against him.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing as troopers will also be seeking charges in Clark County on both subjects. Troopers located alleged marijuana along the pursuit route on I-65 that had allegedly been tossed out of the window of the vehicle as it was being pursued.

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"College Goal Sunday offers students and families FAFSA help"

Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 40 sites in Indiana, including in Madison and North Vernon, to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday.
The event is set for 2 p.m. on February 25. The Madison event will be held at the Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus, while the North Vernon event will be held at Jennings County High School.
The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA must be filed by April 15 for students to be eligible for Indiana financial aid.
Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parents or guardians, and parents or guardians should bring completed 2016 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2016 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 or older may attend alone and bring their own completed income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event.
In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online. Now in its 29th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 93,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time.
For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org.

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"Applications for Boys and Girls Club scholarships available"

The Lide White Memorial Boys and Girls Club is offering six different scholarships to six graduating seniors. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $1000.
One of the scholarship winners will also be nominated for the Indiana Boys and Girls Club Scholarship, which is also valued at $1000.
Applications and information are available at area high schools or may be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1551 M.S.H. Northgate Road in Madison. Completed applications should be returned by May 1.
For more information on applying for or contributing to a Boys and Girls Club scholarship, contact the club at 812-265-5811.

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Obituaries

Paul E. "Eddie" Robbins, 77

Alice R. Miller, 70

Taylor R. Wingham, 20

Pamela L. Morrison, 67