DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Lightning is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a small barn late last week.Fire officials say that crews were called to 2497 East County Road 400 South, south of Greensburg around 11:00 AM Thursday morning.When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a small barn that was still burning, but had already burned to the ground.Firefighters quickly extinguished the remaining flames. Officials say the barn, owned by Dale Riedeman, was primarily used for storage.
Batesville, In. — Batesville Youth Baseball parents, coaches, volunteers and players are assessing vandalism damage to the field area. It’s believed the damage was done during the evening Saturday. There is no damage estimate at this time.Information about the incident can be left by calling the Batesville Police Department at 812-934-3131.
Christina M. “Tina” Weigel, age 52 of St. Leon, died Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville. Born November 19, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is daughter of Frances (Nee: Kramer) and Gerhard Deddens. She married Steve Weigel May 22, 1993 at St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison, Ohio.A hard worker, she helped out at the family business, Deddens Bakery. She would graduate from Oldenburg Academy and attend the University of Cincinnati. While attending UC, she worked at several large hotels in downtown Cincinnati. In May of 1986, at the age of 21, Tina’s lifelong dream of owning a restaurant was born. With her brother Dave, they opened Christina’s Restaurant at the St. Leon exit on I-74 and Highway 1. Eventually, Dave left to start other businesses, but Tina and her mother continued before closing the restaurant in 2001. Tina took time off from the restaurant to be home with her young children. Tina would eventually get back into the food business working as the Kitchen Manager at East Central High School.In her spare time, she was active in her children’s endeavors and in later years became very involved with the Family Career & Community Leaders of America, supporting her daughters at the local and state levels. She was also a “Tennis Mom”, a “Football Mom” and a member of the East Central Booster Clubs. Unofficially, she was the family photographer at all family functions, sporting events and get togethers. Tina never knew a stranger. If you met her, you became a friend.Tina’s greatest passion was her family. She was most happy having everyone together and it was even better when she was cooking for them. Like all of us, Tina wasn’t without quirks. Her family teased about how every vacation she’d pack a paring knife, apples and peanut butter for the trip and everyone looked forward to receiving the annual Weigel “goofy family Christmas cards”.She was also proud of her German heritage. An active member of the Kolping Society in Cincinnati, she looked forward to events that required traditional German attire and loved visiting Germany on several occasions to visit family.Steve stated that, “Tina was the rock of their family and will be missed greatly.” A selfless individual, she was always about helping others and firmly believed in giving back. Tina’s wishes to be an organ and tissue donor were honored.She is survived by her husband Steve; children Brian, Kelly, Elizabeth and Nick; father Gerhard Deddens, brother David (Michelle) Deddens all of St. Leon; sisters Rose Linton of Clarkston, Michigan and Lynn Deddens of Sunman and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother and brother-in-law Ken Linton.Visitation is Thursday, October 5th, from 3 – 8 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Campus All Saints Parish Life Center in St. Leon. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, October 6th at the All Saints Church St. Joseph’s Campus, with Rev. Jonathan Meyer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Christina Weigel Children’s Education Fund. Weigel Funeral, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.
I have been listening to many pro-baseball and college football games on the radio and TV, and I have my favorite announcers. I bet you have favorites, too. Here is what I like to hear from these announcers.Play-by-play requires a clear voice and a smooth flow in your delivery. You need to tell the score often and stay on task. Because it is radio, you need to draw a picture of what is happening on the field or on the floor.Color commentators need knowledge of the game, and it helps to have played the sport you are broadcasting. You need the lingo that goes with the sport. Your job is to add to the play-by-play, but don’t pile on too many statistics. Most people don’t like someone who gets too clinical.To be a good radio pair of announcers you need to give each other space to do their job. In other words, don’t step on the other person’s territory.
Photo: Giant 96 NewsShelbyville, In. — A report from Giant 96 News in Shelbyville says the local Little Caesars Pizza store has been closed after an investigation into the manager.The former employee, Sasha Fletcher, and her boyfriend, Joshua Parson, are both suspected of buying and selling heroin at the business and preparing food with open sores. Fletcher, who has been fired, tested positive forHEPC. Reports indicate Parson is not an employee but Fletcher allowed him to prepare food.Photo: Giant 96 NewsEarlier this week police found paraphernalia and heroin residue in their vehicle parked at the restaurant. During the arrest, police noted both appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Both have been charged with possession of a syringe and possession of heroin.Company officials say the location will be closed until it is completely cleaned and inspected by the Shelby County Health Department.
Franklin County, In. — Repairs to the Big Cedar Road embankment in Franklin County are set to be complete before August 31. The embankment was damaged by flooding in 2016 and original contract to make repairs in 2017 was delayed by state federal agencies.Batesville-based All American Construction and Contracting will complete the work for an estimated $44,286.The work must be complete by August 31 in order to qualify for a $140,000 government grant. The county share of the project cost is $35,000.
Osgood, In. —Southeastern Indiana REMC has announced a “load shedding” event will take place Wednesday morning from 7 to 8 a.m. Customers with a generator as part of the Demand-Side Management Program or those who have Demand Response Units will be affected.The event is conducted in order to test the power management system prior to peak winter heating days.
Greensburg, In. — Indiana Representative Randy Frye, District 67, has received the endorsement and a check from Indiana Farm Bureau’s new AgELECT PAC (political action committee) acknowledging IN Farm Bureau’s support for elected state officials supportive of Indiana agriculture.“The AgELECT process is thorough and fair.” explains Decatur County Local and State Affairs Chairman Gary Fischer, one of the three Decatur County ELECT participants at the recent Ag ELECT candidate interviews. (Allen Bedel and Don Yager were the other two Decatur county representatives.) “Candidates are questioned about their position and knowledge on various concerns involving agriculture and community. First a candidate must be considered for an endorsement after which an invitation is given to interview with the AgELECT PAC members. If the race has more than one candidate, all candidates for the office are included. Results are kept confidential until the entire AgELECT / ELECT PAC endorsement process is complete which involves consideration and an affirmative two-thirds vote for endorsement from the local PAC representatives, the IN Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Oversight Committee (appointed by IFB President Randy Kron) made up of representative from each district. To receive this endorsement is an honor.”Newly formed in 2017, AgELECT PAC specifically focuses on state political races allowing Indiana Farm Bureau to support state senate and house of representative candidates on a broader range thereby allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT Pac to focus more directly on national level elections. In both AgELECT and ELECT, the endorsements are valued by the candidates because the process to receive the endorsement is initially driven by Farm Bureau members at the local level in the candidate’s district.Also receiving the IN Farm Bureau endorsement is IN Senator Chip Perfect, District 43. Both Representative Frye and Senator Perfect are incumbents in the upcoming November elections. U.S. Congressman Greg Pence has received the IN Farm Bureau ELECT PAC endorsement.
Photo: Fear FactoryBatesville, In. — Southeastern Indiana’s scariest haunted house, Fear Factory opens the 2018 Halloween season on Friday, October 5. The haunted attraction will be open every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.The Haunted Tour is $10, up to five people in the “Escape Room” for three to five minutes and the “Lights On Tour” will be Saturday, October 21 and the 7th & 8th Grade dance sponsored by STAAND and Cierra’s Club will be Saturday, October 6 admission is $10.Save 10-percent with your ticket stub at the Big Four Café, Ison’s Family Pizza and Batesville Skyline Chili.
Some teams you naturally dislike because they are your arch rivals. There are very few Indiana University or Purdue University fans who root for each other. The same goes for most high school arch rivals.Some teams you dislike because they win all the time. Very few people outside of the New York area root for the Yankees. The same goes true for teams like Alabama who always seem to be in the NCAA football playoffs. In basketball the Duke Blue Devils are not a favorite of many outside of Carolina.I personally do not like the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball because they are in opposition to the two central division teams (Chicago & Cincinnati) that I root for on a regular basis. It seems like until recently it was always the Cardinals on top.Who are the teams you dislike?