October 25, 2014

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L’burg cuts $600,000 from budget proposals, more cuts coming
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:21 PM

Lawrenceburg City Council and Mayor Dennis Carr trimmed more than $600,000 from the city’s riverboat casino-generated revenue budgets Monday, Oct. 20.

Budget changes will continue at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, with a final reading and vote on the city’s budgets slated for Tuesday, Oct. 28.

After a discussion about motions made regarding the budgets at council’s Oct. 6 meeting, Aaron Cook said “my main concern it getting the money back for the school corporations.”

Assessor will take hearing no-shows to court for $50 fine
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:20 PM

Dearborn County Assessor Gary Hensley said he realizes the county might spend more than the fine to be collected.

But state statute appears to require him to take property taxpayers, who fail to appear for a requested Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals hearing, to small claims court, he said
According to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance Property Tax Assessment Appeals Fact Sheet, a taxpayer requesting a PTABOA hearing to appeal an assessed valuation of property also may request a continuance 20 days before the hearing or request a decision be made without his or her presence at least eight days before the hearing.

However, the fact sheet also states, “A penalty of $50 will be assessed against the taxpayer or his representative for failure to appear at the hearing and if the taxpayer’s request for continuance, request for the PTABOA to take action without the taxpayer’s presence, or withdrawal is not timely filed (a penalty may be appealed).”

Part II: Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival
Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:18 PM

Distilling whiskey requires more than quality grain and water for a good product. It requires barrels in which to age the whiskey, and for those it requires the skills of a cooper.

As Lawrenceburg gears up to celebrate its distilling heritage with the Whiskey City Festival at the Lawrenceburg Event Center Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, Lawrenceburg Main Street wanted to remember the city’s rich distilling history.

The organization requested story submissions from distillery workers and/or their families. The Dearborn County Register is teaming up with Lawrenceburg Main Street to publish the stories over the next several weeks.

Meet Jacob M. Bauer of the Bauer Cooperage Company. The son of German immigrants, Bauer was born in Cincinnati in 1858.

Business looks at locating in G’dale
Written by Chris McHenry   
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:15 PM

Cargo Towing Solutions company, Harrison, has received permission from the Greendale Redevelopment Commission to apply for $200,000 in Lawrenceburg Economic Development grant funds.

Casino joins in to support Lauren Hill
Written by Submitted   
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:14 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:16 PM )

Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg is providing an opportunity for the community to help raise money in support of cancer research and Lawrenceburg resident and college freshman basketball player Lauren Hill Saturday, Nov. 1.

In acknowledgment of Lauren’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis and her resulting wish to play in one college basketball game slated to take place on Nov. 2, Hollywood will host opportunities for guests to extend their support and donations the day prior:

On Saturday, Nov. 1, a basketball hoop will be set up in the third floor casino pavilion where guests of any age can take two shots for a $5 donation.

For every shot that’s made, an additional $5 will be donated by Hollywood Casino. Gray bracelets with “Never Give Up #PlayFor22” will be provided to those who donate.

“Lauren’s story has had a tremendous impact on this community and beyond,” said Hollywood Casino General Manager Scott Saunders. “She’s an inspiration to all of us, and it’s appropriate for us to extend additional ways to support her and this important cause.”

In addition to the guest offerings, Hollywood Casino employees will have the opportunity to participate in a supportive “Go Gray Day,” by wearing jeans and a gray or pink shirt to work in lieu of standard uniforms for a $5 donation.

Donations will be split between The Cure Starts Now Foundation and the Fifth Third “Lauren’s Fight for Cure, Inc.” fund. Hollywood Casino will provide a minimum donation of $5,000 in addition to the money raised with help from the community.

Individuals are also encouraged to find more information and donate directly to The Cure Starts Now Foundation’s Lauren Hill Tribute Fund: http://bit.ly/1s3qJpv.

County commissioners consider Lauren Hill an 'inspiration'
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:13 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:35 PM )
Denise Freitag Burdette/The Register: Dearborn County commissioners and Greendale Mayor Doug Hedrick present a joint proclamation Tuesday night, Oct. 21, to LHS grad Lauren Hill, that declares Nov. 2 Lauren Hill Day. Hill, who was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor last year, is set to play her first college basketball game for Mount St. Joseph University Nov. 2.

Dearborn County commissioners, along with Greendale Mayor Doug Hedrick, signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, Nov. 2, Lauren Hill Day during their Tuesday night, Oct. 21, meeting, at the county administration building in Lawrenceburg.

In November 2013, Hill was diagnosed with Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare pediatric brain tumor, that has no cure. Hill has become an advocate for finding a cure, sharing her story with others.

At the end of the meeting, the commissioners expressed their admiration of Hill.

It has been a very emotional meeting, said commissioner Kevin Lynch.

"Lauren Hill is an inspiration to us all," he said.

She is an inspiration for everything she has done and how she has presented herself in a tough situation, he said.

"I almost lost it. No parent should ever out live their children. I know firsthand, I lost my daughter," said commissioner Art Little.

"I think the thing that just blows me away about Lauren is how gracious she is. The word that comes to mind is remarkable," said commissioner president Shane McHenry.

Just looking at the comments on social media, Lauren means a lot to a lot of people, said McHenry, asking everyone to pray for a miracle and hope for the best.

The first regular season women’s basketball game between Mount St. Joseph University and Hiram College will be held Sunday, Nov.  2,  at 2 p.m. at the Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus. The NCAA granted an exemption to play the game earlier than originally scheduled to accommodate the wish of a terminally ill freshman basketball player for the Mount, Lauren Hill, to be able to play in a college game.

Tickets for the game will be available starting Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. and will cost $5 each with net ticket proceeds donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Tickets will be available at GOXAVIER.com or Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 1-513- 745-3000 or in person at the Xavier Athletics Tickets Office. Ticketmaster has agreed to waive fees associated with ticket purchases made through Xavier’s website. Parking will be free in the lots surrounding the Cintas Center for the Nov. 2 game.

To view a video of the presentation, visit the Register Publications Facebook page.

Click here for related story : LHS senior Lauren Hill is Living in the Moments

State health dept. opens Ebola call center
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:34 AM

The Indiana State Department of Health opened a call center for the public to answer questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease. Health representatives are available to answer questions regarding symptoms, screening and diagnosis of Ebola.

The call center telephone number is 1-877-826-0011. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Call 1-888-561-0044 for the hearing impaired.

“There are a lot of questions about Ebola right now and unfortunately quite a bit of misinformation going around,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “The call center will provide people with a way to easily speak directly to a state health representative to get the information they need.”

The Ebola virus is not spread through the air, by water or food, or by casual contact. People with Ebola can only spread the Ebola virus when they have symptoms. There is no known risk of transmission if someone does not have symptoms. Ebola is only spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit and semen, or a needlestick) of a person who is sick with Ebola or the body of a person who has died from Ebola.

Symptoms of Ebola may appear anywhere from two to 21 days following exposure to body fluids of a person infected with the virus, but often appear between eight and 10 days following exposure. People are contagious as long as their blood and bodily fluids contain the virus. People who do not have symptoms are not contagious.
Symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite and abnormal bleeding.

“Early symptoms of Ebola are similar to influenza, which is why it is essential for our healthcare providers to check travel history when receiving a patient with flu-like symptoms,” said Dr. VanNess. “Only individuals who have traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are at risk of having been exposed.”

For more information about Ebola, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.in.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

BMV expands hours for voters needing photo IDs
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:33 AM

Indiana Bureau of Motor VehiclesBMV license branches will extend hours of operation Monday, Nov. 3, and Tuesday, Nov. 4, to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place.
Branches will be open Nov. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 4, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses, learner permits, and CDLs. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services.

The Indiana BMV provides free, state-issued ID cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier, as long as he or she can provide proper documentation and is old enough to vote. The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license:
*Proof of Identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.
*Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.
*Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.
*Proof of residency, two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.
*A complete list can be found at www.myBMV.com.

All license branches will resume regular business hours Wednesday, Nov. 5.

BOW, council set agendas
Written by Submitted   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:32 AM | Updated ( Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:33 AM )

The City of Greendale Board of Works will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at the City Utilities Building, 510 Ridge Ave.

Agenda items include State Line/U.S. 50 project, Ridge force force main project, landfill, Valley Woods substation, DCRSD/VRUC Sewer, Craig and Jackson paving, Sycamore Woods Water/Sewer – gravel road,650 & 649 Tanner Avenue – storm pipe, sanitation truck No. 66 and any and all other matters that come before the board.
Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include Clerk Treasurer’s Report, Resolution 2014-4: Resolution of Council Reducing Line 2 of the Cumulative Capital Development Fund (CCD), Ordinance 2014-4: Ordinance fixing the rate of compensation and benefits of Union Employees for 2015, Ordinance 2014-5: Ordinance fixing the rate of compensation and benefits of Police Union Employees for 2015, Ordinance 2014-6: Ordinance fixing the rate of compensation and benefits of Non-Union Employees for 2015, Ordinance 2014-7: Ordinance fixing the rate of compensation and benefits of Appointed and Elected Officials for 2015, Ordinance 2014-8:  Ordinance for Appropriations and Tax Rates (Adoption of Budget) and any and all other matters that come before the board.

South Dearborn administration shares ALICE info
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Monday, October 20, 2014 3:28 PM

No one wants to think about a possible active shooter situation taking place in a Dearborn County school, but it is a reality school corporations have to face.

South Dearborn Community School Corporation held a meeting Monday, Oct. 6, for parents to guide them through the ALICE training program being implemented in the schools- Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

“Our job is to protect your children,” said Jason Cheek, assistant principal at South Dearborn High School, Aurora.