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4/17/18

"Police arrest woman hiding in attic in North Vernon"

A woman wanted by police in North Vernon is caught in an attic.
According to the North Vernon Police Department, on April 10 at about 9:30 p.m. an officer patrolling in the 600 block of Barlow Drive recognized a person with an active warrant standing outside her home. Before he could turn around and make contact with the subject, identified as Jeannie White of North Vernon, she fled inside the home. White had a confirmed, active warrant for Failing to Appear on the charge of Theft issued out of Ripley County.
Other officers arrived to assist on the scene. Officers could not find White when they entered the home, but they found signs someone had gone into the attic. The small attic entry way created a potential danger to an officer trying to enter, so officers requested the assistance of a Jennings County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. The K-9 announced their presence at the attic entrance, and White exited the attic and surrender to the officers.
White was taken into custody on the Ripley County warrant and charged with Resisting Law Enforcement.

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"Board of Public Works meets"

The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety met for their second meeting of the month Monday morning.
The board approved three invoices for the Sanitary Sewer Long Term Control Plan. The invoices are for engineering and construction work done at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and collection system improvements on Vaughn Drive. City Utilities Director Brian Jackson said the work on Vaughn Drive is progressing, and the city should begin paving on Vaughn Drive by May.
The board also approved multiple street closures for upcoming events. Street closings were approved for the Madison Farmers Market, the Mad-Town 5K Mud Climb May 19, the United Way Golf Cart/UTV Parade May 25, the Voices for Children Superhero 5K/1K Run/Walk April 28, and the Broadway Block Party September 15. Amended street closures were approved for the Animal Shelter 5K, which was postponed to this Saturday, and the River Run Car Show, which altered its footprint to avoid conflicts with the construction on Vaughn Drive.
In other meeting news, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Southeast Indiana Regional Planning Commission for administration of grant funding the city receives through the Stellar Community designation. City Historic Preservation Coordinator Nicole Schell said the agreement is similar to the contracts approved for the SIRPC’s owner-occupied rehab program
City Streets Department Director Tony Sorrells is reminding residents to place any tree limbs that are less than three inches in diameter in compost bags or cans rather than stacked in piles on the side of the road. Sorrells said it is important to keep debris out of drainage paths, and this allows for smoother collection operations.
The Madison Board of Public Works and Safety will next meet May 7.

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"Deadline to file taxes today"

The Indiana Department of Revenue is reminding Hoosier taxpayers that today is the deadline to file taxes. Paper forms require a postmarked date of no later than Tuesday, April 17 to be considered timely. Electronic filing can be submitted online any time before April 18.
If a taxpayer cannot complete their tax return by the filing deadline, they may apply for a filing extension with the DOR or the Internal Revenue Service. If the federal extension is granted, the taxpayer must file their federal tax return by October 15 and their Indiana tax return by November 14.
A payment plan may be an option for individuals who owe $100 or more. More information on filing taxes can be found on the DOR website or the IRS website.
Customers may also call DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240 with any questions or concerns.

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"Officers warn of phone scam in Jennings County"

Law enforcement officers in Jennings County are warning of an ongoing scam.
The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple complaints of a phone scam. Persons are representing themselves as an organization called the Police Action Coalition. The callers are unable to prove their legitimacy.
The sheriff’s office is asking residents to avoid these scammers and remember to never give out any information over the phone. If you receive such a phone call, contact the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office at 812-346-5111.

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"Early voting underway for primary election"

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers that early and absentee voting for the May Primary Election has begun. From now until May 7, any eligible voter can cast an absentee ballot in-person at their county clerk’s office or request an absentee ballot by mail.
Voters who chose to vote absentee in-person have until noon on May 7 to cast their ballot. Voters who choose to vote by mail may request an absentee ballot online at www.indianavoters.com or from their county clerk’s office. Request for absentee ballots by mail must be delivered by April 30. Military families are encouraged to remind those serving overseas to request an absentee ballot in advance of the deadline.
In Jefferson County, early voting can be done Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Voter Registration Office on the second floor of the Courthouse. Saturday voting will also be offered on April 28 and May 5. For additional information, contact Tabatha Eblen at the Jefferson County Clerk's office by calling 812-265-7614.
Hoosier voters can go to www.indianavoters.com to view a sample ballot and check their county election information. Some counties allow in-person absentee voting at multiple locations, at the discretion of the local election board.

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"Zero Suicide Initiative announced for Jefferson County"

Efforts are being undertaken to address the issue of suicide in the local community.
The Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County is pleased to announce that $40,000 of funding from the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County has been released to implement a Zero Suicide Initiative Plan for Jefferson County.
According to a release from the Initiative, for the past nine months a core team of 12 individuals from the community have formulated a comprehensive plan to address the high rate of death by suicide in the county. The core team is comprised of representatives from LifeSpring and Centerstone, both of the county's mental health providers, as well as representatives from Madison Consolidated Schools, Southwestern Schools, Hanover College, Ivy Tech Community College, King's Daughters' Health, the National Association for Mental Illness and the faith-based community.
The components of the plan include training, community awareness/breaking the stigma of mental health, a resource guide utilizing Look Up Indiana, reducing the lethal means to suicide, coping skills/building resiliency, and a component aimed at learning from other communities on evidence-based programming that can be adapted in Jefferson County. The roll-out of the plan has just begun. There are many components that will be put in place and announced in the coming months.
The first of several free training courses for the community is Mental Health First Aid, an all-day training course that teaches individuals how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. That training will be offered on Thursday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 22 at Ivy Tech Community College. Registration for the class may be made by calling Madonna Wilson at 812-801-0555 or via email. Additional training opportunities will be offered.
For more information on the Zero Suicide Initiative Plan for Jefferson County, please contact Carri Dirksen via email.

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"Property taxes due for Jefferson County residents soon"

Property taxes in Jefferson County are due by Thursday, May 10.
According to the Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office, Tax Bills were mailed on April 2. Make sure to check your envelopes for multiple bills, as if you own more than one parcel your bills may be placed in the same envelope.
Payments must be accompanied by the tax statement. Make all checks payable to the Jefferson County Treasurer. Please include a phone number on your check if it is not already noted on the check. Please notify the treasurer’s office of a mailing address change.
For more information on how to understand your tax bill or to pay your taxes online, visit the treasurer’s office’s page on the county's website.

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"Vote for Madison's Main Street in national contest"

Madison’s Main Street is in the running for a cash prize in a national contest, and you can vote to advance Madison to the next round.
Madison’s Main Street is among this year’s nominees for Independent We Stand’s third annual America’s Main Streets contest which helps consumers, small business owners, and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes.
In a release, Madison Main Street Program Director Victoria Perry said there are many hardworking business owners, organizations, and citizens who work to keep Main Street beautiful and active, and winning this competition would mean being able to further those efforts even more.
The first round of voting is currently underway. Visit MainStreetContest.com to vote to send Madison’s Main Street to the semi-finals. Voting ends April 22.

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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

Keith W. Keller, 60