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Daviess County Courthouse News (1/31/07)

 County Commission

James Lewis, bridge supervisor, reported that repairs are being made to equipment this week.

The commission met with Kevin Heldenbrand, sheriff, Sue Bird, circuit clerk, and Annie Gibson, prosecuting attorney, regarding their budgets.

Budgets for all funds were reviewed and tentatively approved pending the final hearing on Jan. 29.

At 1:30 p.m. the pre-construction conference was held for BRO project 27. Bob Burnett and jack Kruse, Snyder and

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Family Daze: The official tree un-decorating deadline

by Debbie Farmer

It’s almost February. I know this not only because of the cold weather, the muddy boot prints on my kitchen floor, and my list of already broken resolutions, but because I’m the only person on my block left with a Christmas tree – still decorated. 
Sure, we all know that Jan. 1 is the Official Tree Undecorating Day, which really is the deadline that separates the Super-

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Letter to the Editor – Annie Gibson

Annie Gibson,
Daviess County Prosecuting Attorney

This letter is in response to the article in the Jan. 17, 2007, St. Joseph newspaper regarding the murder plea in Daviess County and the former Prosecutor’s comments to the victim’s family on my competence to handle the matter.
First of all, I want to thank everyone for your words of encouragement. I greatly appreciate all of your support. For those who ask why

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Post Scripts: War strategies are costly

by Joe Snyder

The American people have spoken, the Iraqi people have spoken, but all we get is more war and bushels of White House bull. Congress should, by this time, have a handle on the situation. Congress should not fear to end the war and the occupation and finance an orderly withdrawal before more lives are taken and billions of dollars are wasted.
There have already been too many

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Coonridge Digest: Why didn’t I think of that?

by Freida Marie Crump

Greetings from the Ridge.
It seems like I’ve been just that much too late for every great invention of the last century. They invented the automatic dishwasher just after I’d discovered the joy of paper plates, large-screen TV’s just after I deemed there was nothing worth watching, and now that I’m stuck in this marriage with Herb they come up with the idea for the Exploratory

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Healthy finances cited for the operation of regional jail

David Tolen has been hired as the district budget manager for the Daviess- DeKalb County Regional Jail. According to jail officials, the decision to hire a budget manager came as the result of state auditor recommendations. Mr. Tolen is the former presiding commissioner of Daviess County and as such served as the chairman on the regional jail board through December 2006.

The audit of DeKalb County was conducted in December

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FEC to raise rates average of 8.5%

Increase effective May 1 only the second in past 16 years

Farmers’ Electric Cooperative announced recently a general rate increase will go into effect for its member-owners this spring.
Effective with the May 1 billing, FEC member-owners will raise its rates an average of 8.5%. Commercial and industrial rates will also change and vary based on usage and current rate classifications.
“This rate change continues what we told our member-owners,

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Doyle Patton becomes a new Paul Harris Fellow for Rotary

During the regular Tuesday meeting, the Gallatin Rotary Club recognized Doyle Pattons as the club’s 2007 Paul Harris Fellow. The ceremony presented a rotary certificate, medallion and special pin to Doyle.

The Paul Harris Fellow Award, named after the founder of Rotary, has always held great significance in the Rotary organization and Rotary’s most prestigious and outstanding recognition achievement. It represents a substantial contribution to the humanitarian and educational programs

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Filings point to spring election battles

The filing period for the April 3 school board and municipal elections ended Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Filing for  mayor at city hall are Barb Ballew and Carla Arnold; filing for west ward aldermen is Barry Wood; filing for east ward aldermen are Bob Snidow and Bob Rogers. J.D. Dowell has filed for the remaining year of east ward alderman Kenneth King. Mr. Dowell was appointed to the position after Mr.

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