September 2, 2014

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APD: One hurt in Friday afternoon collision
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, August 29, 2014 4:25 PM

One motorist was taken to Dearborn County Hospital, Lawrenceburg, after a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, said Aurora police.

Mildred Hyden, Lawrenceburg, receive minor injuries after a 2012 black Ford Escape collided with her white 1998 Buick LeSabre passenger car, said police. She was taken to the hospital by Aurora Emergency Rescue after the 3:10 p.m. wreck at U.S. 50 West westbound at the Sycamore Estates intersection.

Linda Cutter, Rising Sun, was driving the Ford, which struck the driver's side door of the Buick, said police. The crash remains under investigation at this time. Aurora Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Learn how to escape sinking vehicle
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, August 29, 2014 3:01 PM

Recently, The Indiana State Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team along with Doctor Gordon Giesbrecht, a world renowned expert in vehicle immersions, recorded a segment on vehicle immersions for ABC Good Morning America that is scheduled to air on Tuesday morning, September 2nd, barring any unforeseen breaking news.

The ISP Dive Team and Doctor Giesbrecht have a long relationship and a mutual philosophy on how to escape a vehicle that goes into the water. Doctor Giesbrecht, a professor at the University of Manitoba, was initially contacted by the producers of Good Morning America as he is considered an expert in vehicle immersions.

Doctor Giesbrecht, having worked with the ISP dive team in the past, contacted Dive Team Leader Detective Robert May to assist him with GMA segment. It was filmed at a retention pond on the District 52 Post property located at 21st and Post Road in Indianapolis.

A drivable vehicle was provided by Lawrence Towing and environmental precautions were taken prior to the car being driven into the water by ABC Correspondent Matt Gutman. The vehicle was also occupied by Doctor Giesbrecht, ISP Diver Sgt Chris Lambert and a manikin child in a child restraint seat. Gutman’s objective was to remove the manikin child and himself and escape to the roof of the car prior to it sinking.

The entire event was filmed with both interior and exterior camera’s and documents well Gutman’s removal of the manikin child and himself from the vehicle.

“We wanted to show the public that it is possible to escape a vehicle that has gone into the water”, stated Detective May. “But you must rely on yourself to get you out of the car."

The State Police Dive Team suggests you do the following if your vehicle goes into the water:

1. Seatbelts: Off or cut

2. Windows: Open or break

3. Children: Undo their restraints, oldest to youngest

4. Out: Through the window. Children first. Then climb on the roof to wait for help or prepare to swim to shore.

Aurora exec. session: city manager, land acquisition
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, August 29, 2014 1:24 PM

Aurora City Council will meet in an executive session Wednesday, Sept. 3, to receive information about and/or interview candidates for the city manager position, said city attorney Jeff Stratman.

The council also will discuss negotiations of a possible land acquisition during the executive session, which will be at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the Aurora City Building, 235 Main St., he said.

Immediately following the executive session, the council will meet in a public session to take any necessary formal action or vote as a result of the executive session discussion.

E. coli found in raw Aurora water, not in distributed H2O
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Friday, August 29, 2014 10:48 AM

The water Aurora Utilities customers are and have been getting "tested good" Tuesday, Aug. 26, a day after samples taken of untreated water at the wellheads came back positive for E. coli, said Aurora Utilities Superintendent Randy Turner Friday morning, Aug. 29.

Nonetheless, Aurora Utilities issued a boil water advisory Friday morning, as directed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, he said. IDEM officials told Aurora that was the only way to handle the situation, and also advised Turner that the way the utilities samples water at the wellheads needs to change.

Johnson Fork Road to close for bridge repair
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Friday, August 29, 2014 10:06 AM

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 2, Paul H. Rohe Company will close Johnson Fork Road between 29470 Johnson Fork Road and Thomas Road for 60 days.  Paul H. Rohe will be doing a bridge rehabilitation on County Bridge No. 88.

Stateline Road to close for slip repair
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:57 PM

Paul H. Rohe Company will close Stateline Road between Augusta Drive South Jct. and Augusta Drive North Jct. starting Monday, Sept. 15,  for 30 days to allow Paul H. Rohe Company to repair a road slip.

Sen. Coats’ staff to hold mobile office hours in Dearborn Co.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 2:11 PM

A member of U.S. Senator Dan Coats' (R-Ind.)  staff will visit Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Lawrenceburg Public Library, 150 Mary St., Lawrenceburg, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Walk supports eating disorder education
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:14 PM

The National Eating Disorders Association and the Tri-State Eating Disorders Resource Team are waging a battle against eating disorders and unrealistic “body perfect” ideals. To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its fourth annual Greater Cincinnati NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA’s education and advocacy programs.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Anorexia nervosa has the highest fatality rate of any mental illness. But there is hope and there is help!
National Eating Disorders Association’s 4th annual Greater Cincinnati NEDA Walk, themedm NEDA Walk. Save a Life, will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, at Dearborn Trails, 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg. Meet on plaza level overlooking Ohio River. Registration/check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m.

To pre-register, visit or call 1-212-575-6200. For more information, contact Paula Bruner at Cost is $25 per adult, $15 per student, $10 per child under 12, $5 per pet
Headquartered in New York City, NEDA is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website.

NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. Visit us online at
Tri-State Eating Disorder Resource Team is a group of Tri-State area volunteers dedicated to promoting healthy body image and positive self-esteem in our community, and beyond.  Our hope is to eliminate common misconceptions about eating disorders and serve as a source of support and guidance for eating disorder treatment options. Eating disorders are serious problems in our culture today. Visit us online at

For treatment referrals, visit or contact NEDA’s Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Extension resources help homeowners cope with tree damage
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:14 PM

Residential trees have been taking a beating during the recent outbreak of summer storms across Indiana. Homeowners will need to determine if they can take care of the damage themselves or if they will need the help of a professional tree service, says Purdue Extension’s consumer horticulturist.

“There are trees with just small limbs down, but there are a lot of trees that suffered major breakage,” said Rosie Lerner. “It can be hard for homeowners to decide whether trees with severe damage should be removed. Homeowners often are reluctant to cut down a tree, either because of sentimental attachment or because the tree provides shade or screening that won’t quickly be replaced. It can also be quite expensive to have a large tree removed.”

Safety is the top priority when evaluating a damaged tree, Lerner said. Homeowners should first determine if the tree or some of its branches are in danger of falling now or in the near future.

Small, lower branches can be removed with loppers or a pruning saw. Larger limbs, or those too far up to reach, should be left to arborists who have the appropriate tools and equipment to safely bring down large or high limbs.

Purdue Extension’s Education Store has publications available for free download to help homeowners assess storm-damaged trees, remove broken branches or find a professional arborist

“Trees that have decay, previous injury, infection with disease or insects, or have poor architecture have a higher likelihood of breaking up in a big storm,” said Lerner.

Trees such as ornamental pear, silver maple and river birch frequently have narrow angles between the main trunk and branches and/or soft wood that compromise their structure.

Just because a tree trunk has damage does not necessarily mean the tree will need to be removed right away, Lerner said. Large, split branches or trunks that have not broken off the tree may be braced and possibly saved by an arborist.

“Trees can live for quite some time with some massive holes in their trunks,” she said. “But the damage makes them more susceptible to disease, rotting, and insects and increases the likelihood they will come down in the next storm. Homeowners must assess the risk damaged trees pose to property, people and pets. It’s always best to err on the side of safety.”

State immunization tool reaches milestone
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:13 PM

More than 50,000 records have now been accessed using MyVaxIndiana, the online tool launched by the Indiana State Department of Health in 2012. By visiting the secure website,, Hoosiers may download, print, email or fax their official immunization records as recorded in State’s immunization registry.

“Indiana was one of the first states to offer this service and I’m very pleased Hoosiers are taking advantage of it to get their immunization records,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D.

MyVaxIndiana was created through a technology grant awarded to the Indiana State Department of Health from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) in response to the ONC Consumer Innovation challenge to provide consumers access to their health information.

Access to MyVaxIndiana is easy. An individual may access their immunization record, or the record of a dependent minor, on the secure website by entering their date of birth and a personal identification number (PIN) which must be requested from their healthcare provider or local health department in advance. Immunization history, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedule can be viewed.

All MyVaxIndiana records appear as they are maintained in the Indiana Children and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program. MyVaxIndiana complements CHIRP, which is supported by the CDC. Approximately 4 million Hoosiers have “active” records in CHIRP, which is defined as having two or more vaccines entered.

“When we started MyVaxIndiana, one of our goals was to improve state immunization rates and empower Hoosiers to manage their immunization records,” said Dave McCormick, director of the Immunization Division at the Indiana State Department of Health. “Access to MyVaxIndiana keeps parents aware of what immunizations their children have and what they may need.”

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