October 21, 2014

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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.

Red Cross turns page on local chapter
Written by Staff Report   
Sunday, October 19, 2014 3:27 PM | Updated ( Monday, October 20, 2014 3:28 PM )

For the last three years Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, and Switzerland counties have been served by the Southeastern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Lawrenceburg. There is also a satellite office in Osgood. The Chapter is part of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross will have a new look in Southeastern Indiana Saturday, Nov. 1. Due to a national restructuring, Dearborn and Ohio counties will continue to be part of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. Switzerland and Ripley counties will become a part of the Indianapolis Region. This is just a change in internal reporting, not a change in services.

ISP Sgt. Houze retires
Written by Submitted   
Sunday, October 19, 2014 2:12 PM

Sgt. Noel W. Houze, Jr. will conclude nearly 30 years of service with the Indiana State Police at the end of October 2014. Noel followed the footsteps of his father, Noel W. Houze Sr., who was also a career state police officer.

Noel began his law enforcement career with the Rising Sun Police Department, where he served the local community for two and a half years in the early 1980s. Noel left Rising Sun P.D. in July 1984 to attend the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was later appointed as a probationary trooper Nov. 18, 1984. Upon his graduation from the state police academy he initially worked as a road trooper in Jackson County, which was formerly part of the Seymour District. On March 1, 1987, Noel voluntarily transferred to Ripley County, which is part of the Versailles District.

Noel continued working at the Versailles District and later applied for the position of Squad Sergeant, which he was the successful candidate and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in June of 1994. He continued serving in this capacity until he interviewed to be a Public Information Officer Sergeant for the state police. Noel was the successful candidate and transferred to PIO in June of 2006.

In his service as a PIO Sergeant for the state police, Noel became a well known and respected spokesperson for the state police, providing timely and accurate information to media throughout the greater Versailles District.

Over the course of nearly 30 years, Noel was a member of the department’s High Performance Vehicle patrol program that initially began in 1988 with unmarked Ford Mustang police vehicles. Noel was one of the original 20 troopers selected to start with the special patrol unit. Noel served as an Emergency Vehicle Operation instructor for 22 years as well as being a certified vehicle speed timing device operator of RADAR and VASCAR speed recording equipment. He was a Field Training Officer, training new state police officers and also served with the state police Tactical Intervention Platoon  which is used for disturbance control.

Noel’s more memorable points of service to the department was as a member of one of the state police Honor Guard teams that render honors at funerals of department members as well as presenting the State’s and Nation’s flags at ceremonial events. Noel was also a member of the Katrina Hurricane response force that travelled to Biloxi, Mississippi as part of Operation Hoosier Relief to augment the Biloxi Police Department in the initial days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, of 2005.

Noel was a 1979 graduate of South Dearborn High School, in Aurora, Ind. While a member of the state police Noel attended and graduated from 102nd Session of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute-School of Police Staff and Command in 1996. Noel continued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University and obtained his Bachelor of Science in 2004.

Sgt. Houze’s supervisor from June 2006 through June of 2014, Capt. David Bursten, said, “Sgt. Houze was the consummate professional police officer. He served the citizens of Indiana with professionalism and distinction as well as ensuring the media contacts he interacted with were kept informed about state police investigations.”

While Noel’s career with the Indiana State Police has drawn to a close, beginning on Monday, Nov. 10, he will continue serving the citizens and students of Milan, Indiana as a uniformed School Resource Officer with the Milan Community School Corporation.

Noel is married to Susan, his wife of 34 years. They have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. Noel and Susan reside in Milan.

Craft show has quite a variety
Written by Submitted   
Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:12 AM

A craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Aurora Lions Club.

There will be approximately 20 vendors participating and have quite a variety of items, including vintage, jewelry, crochet, birdhouses, sewing, painted ornaments, jams and jellies, scarves, wreathes, home décor, childrens’ themed crayons, wooden benches, crochet and more.  There also will be a silent auction and Aurora Lions Club will be grilling and providing chips and drinks for sale.

Sign up for Do Not Call list
Written by Submitted   
Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:06 AM

The next quarterly deadline to sign up for the Do Not Call list and help block annoying sales calls and text messages is midnight Nov. 18. Individuals do not need to re-register unless their address has changed. To sign up, visit www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1.888.834.9969. Out-of-state area codes can also be added as long as the billing address is located in Indiana.

In Indiana, most robocalls are illegal regardless of whether or not a consumer’s number is registered on the Do Not Call list. Exceptions include calls from school districts to students, parents or employees and businesses advising employees of work schedules. It is also legal if a live phone operator first obtains the person’s permission before playing a pre-recorded message.

To file a Do Not Call or robocalling consumer complaint, visit www.IndianaConsumer.com or call 1.888.834.9969.