September 16, 2014

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Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Lake Co. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, September 15, 2014 8:19 AM

State health officials announced four Lake County children have been confirmed as having had enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a respiratory illness which can be serious in individuals with underlying medical conditions, such as asthma. The individuals were treated at University of Chicago Hospital and were previously thought to be residents of Illinois. All four children have been discharged from the hospital.

The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and hospitals to conduct surveillance for additional cases of EV-D68. Testing for EV-D68 is being conducted at the State Laboratory. On Tuesday, the State health officials announced a higher than expected level of respiratory illness statewide for this time of year.
Indiana joins several other states in this multi-state outbreak, including Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and others. Enteroviruses are very common, with between 10 to 15 million cases occurring in the United States each year. There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses.

Typically, EV-D68 causes upper respiratory illness, such as low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches. Infected individuals generally recover on their own without incident by treating symptoms.  However, some individuals, especially those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, such as asthma, may experience severe complications and require hospitalization with supportive therapy.

Enteroviruses, including EV-D68, are spread through close contact with infected people. Health officials recommend the following tips to prevent the spread of infection:
*Clean: Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not effective in preventing the spread of EV-D68.
*Cover: Cover your cough with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
*Contain: Prevent spreading illness to others by staying home if you are sick.
*Avoid close contact and sharing cups or eating utensils with those who are ill.
*Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Individuals experiencing cold-like symptoms and trouble breathing should contact their healthcare provider right away.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at for important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at

Indiana State Fair Board District 4 Elections PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:58 PM

The Indiana State Fair Board District 4 will hold the election for State Fair Director at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Root Building at the Rush County Fairgrounds, 1299 N. Sexton Street in Rushville.

District 4 includes the following counties: Bartholomew, Dearborn Decatur, Fayette, Franklin Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Jennings, Johnson, Madison, Ohio, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Shelby, Switzerland, Wayne and Union.

L’burg will be represented in Bourbon Barrel Relay PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:57 AM

MGP is taking on the dual role of first-time challenger and lone Indiana contestant in this year’s World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay™ in Bardstown, Ky. The event is scheduled to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of the week-long Kentucky Bourbon Festival®.

“Touting the slogan ‘That’s How We Roll,’ we’re literally barreling our way into the competition,” said MGP President and CEO Gus Griffin.  “We’re going into the event with a tremendous amount of Indiana pride and a solid reputation as a leading producer of world-class bourbon and whiskeys.  That’s our heritage and we’re excited to carry it forward as a new contender in this fun-filled competitive arena.”     

MGP’s barrel rolling team consists of Cody Frank, Curtis Fogle, Chet Morling, Eric Ulrich and Xavier Wheeler, all warehousemen at the company’s Lawrenceburg, facility. All other teams entered in the annual relay represent bourbon companies located in Kentucky.  

“Our team is really pumped about this unique opportunity to put their skills to the test for MGP, as well as for our fellow denizens of the Hoosier state,” said Robert McCormack, Lawrenceburg facility logistics manager and the team’s coach.

The competition is sponsored by Independent Stave Company, Lebanon, Mo.  It is a timed race in which team and individual speed and accuracy are key factors. Ten barrels, each filled with 500 pounds of water, must be rolled around a 40-foot by 28-foot railed track, and one person, called the “ricker,” sends the barrels down a rick similar to those in bourbon warehouses.  Another person outside the rick is tasked with helping position the barrels according to rigid guidelines.  Ten seconds are subtracted for each barrel that meets those guidelines, and the lowest time wins.

“MGP’s team looks forward to taking part in this highly anticipated and entertaining competition,” said McCormack “We’re cheering them on as they prepare to roll their way into the relay’s history books, not only as a newcomer and major underdog, but also as the event’s sole non-Kentucky entrant.”

Attracting thousands of spectators, along with local, regional and national news coverage, the relay has continued to gain popularity since being organized in conjunction with the first Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 1991. Additional details about the festival can be accessed at

Register for earthquake drill PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:56 AM

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and other partner agencies are encouraging Hoosiers to register and participate in this year’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which will be held at 10:16 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

The ShakeOut is the largest earthquake drill in the Central United States. It is led by local emergency management agencies, IDHS, the Indiana Geological Survey, the Indiana Department of Education, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Geological Survey. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice safety measures in the event of a large earthquake.

A total of nearly 1.9 million participants have registered so far, and currently Indiana is in the lead with nearly 395,000 registrants. Other states in the region include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Indiana had the most registrants last year with nearly 550,000.

At 10:16 a.m. Oct. 16, participants should drop to the ground, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on to a table or desk as if a major earthquake were happening. Practicing early is the key to protecting yourself and others during an actual earthquake.

The days leading up to the ShakeOut are a great opportunity to create a preparedness kit that can be used for a variety of situations, not just earthquakes. Disaster kits should include water and food for all members of a household, first aid supplies, flashlights and batteries, necessary medication, items for pets, and extra clothing. For information on how to register, visit

Need kids items? Save money! PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 8:14 AM

Sunman Tiger PAWS Children’s Toy and Clothing Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27, at Sunman Elementary School, 925 N. Meridian St., Sunman.

Don’t miss this opportunity to shop and save on thousands of child related items! Items for sale will include clothing, shoes (from preemie to junior), costumes, maternity, baby equipment, youth furniture, sports equipment, bikes, books, games, toys, movies and video games. Formal wear and accessories too!  
Sellers, this also is a great opportunity to clean out those closets and cash in. Cash only. No refunds, exchanges or returns.  For more information contact

All proceeds benefit Sunman Tiger PAWS (People At Work for Students), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide support for the educational and recreational needs of our students at Sunman Elementary.


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