Osgood, In. — Ryan Middleton has been announced as the top candidate to lead the Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation. The Board has entered into contract negotiations with Middleton, current principal at JCD, for him to be the next superintendent.A public hearing on the contract was held on January 14, 2019. A formal vote on Middleton’s contract is expected to be held on January 28, 2019. If approved, Middleton’s contract with JCD will begin on February 1, 2019.The JCD school superintendent position became open at the close of the 2018 school year when Timothy Taylor announced his resignation from the corporation.About Ryan MiddletonA move across two state lines has brought Ryan Middleton to Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation. Mr. Middleton says. “I am very honored to be given this opportunity to lead the JCDCS district.” Ryan, his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children recently moved to Greensburg. His wife is employed at the Department of Natural Resources. Their two children, a third grader and a preschool student, are currently attending JCD elementary.“JCDCS and its community have been very welcoming and kind to myself and my family. It is humbling, yet exciting” Mr. Middleton stated, as he thinks about this next chapter of his career. His recent appointment will will begin his 5th year as a Superintendent. Middleton says he understands the complexities that come from the central office and looks forward to building upon his experience towards becoming a better leader for the district and community. “Working with the community and serving our students and families allows me to see the greater picture of what we are trying to accomplish at the district; inspiring lifelong learning and becoming productive citizens.”Middleton, a native of northeastern Indiana, has 12 years of education experience. He began his career as an English teacher at Columbus North High School. He then moved to western Missouri where he continued to teach English in a rural setting. At the district where he was hired, he was given the opportunity to serve as principal. A year later he was asked to take over the role of Superintendent. Middleton says, “It was after two years that I was approached about a Superintendent position at a neighboring district, and after much thought and discussions with my wife, I accepted.” He continued his tenure there for three years before he and his wife made a decision to leave and come back to their home state of Indiana. “It was not an easy decision, but with a 9-year-old and a 5-year-old it was time for us to be able to interact with our families more than a once a year basis.”Middleton earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis and his Master of Secondary Education degree from Indiana University. He has an Education Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri and is completing his Doctorate from William Woods University.
Miss Donna Kay Keith, age 58, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Allensville, Indiana, was born on December 12, 1961 in Madison, Indiana to the proud parents Kirby and Charlotte Rebecca “Becky” (Lewis) Keith. She was a 1980 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She was a two time graduate of Vincennes University in 1982 and 1984. She was currently employed as a project designer for Coor Consulting in Knightstown, Indiana for 15 years. Donna enjoyed spending time with her cats, her family and also her friends. She was also an avid “Fever” fan. Donna unexpectedly passed away at 5:57 p.m., Monday, February 17, 2020, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.Donna will be missed by her brother, Darrell Keith and his wife, Rita of Allensville, IN; her nephew, Aaron Keith and his wife, Jennifer of Allensville, IN; her niece, Courtnie (Keith) Parks and her husband, William “BJ” of Allensville, IN; her great-nephews, Colton, Slade, and Camdyn; her great-niece, Annabella “Bella”; her aunts and uncles, Jonas Keith of Milan, IN, Roy “Red” and Barbara Keith of Vevay, IN, Sarah McCreary of Allensville, IN, Martha Keith of Center Square, IN and Ruth Ann Keith of Dillsboro, IN and her numerous cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, Kirby Keith, died August 24, 1993 and Charlotte Rebecca “Becky” (Lewis) Keith, died July 20, 1978; her paternal-grandparents, James Wilford Keith, died October 30, 1981 and Avis O. (Chase) Keith, died October 14, 1977; her maternal-grandparents, Edgar Root Lewis, died November 26, 1952 and Margaret E. (Smith) Pavy Lewis, died January 14, 1942 and her numerous aunts and uncles.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
THIS SERVICE IS NO LONGER GOING TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY MARCH 28TH. DUE TO CURRENT SITUATIONS WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS WE WILL BE RESCHEDULING AT A LATER DATE.Elmerene (Rene) Ann Mattson age 70, of Rising Sun, Indiana passed away March 3, 2020 in Rising Sun, IN.She was born July 10, 1949 in Downey California, daughter of the late Elmer Mattson and Irene (Gustafson) Mattson. She worked in customer service for Garden’s alive, with over 14 years of service, before her retirement.She previously attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ. She loved Joel Olsteen and watched many Christian TV and Evangelist programs. She was a strong Christian and kept God foremost in her life.Rene was originally from California and she loved to camp and travel in her RV. She loved the mountains and the beaches, and one of her favorite spots was Morro Bay, California. Rene loved to watch old westerns and visit ghost towns in the west. Her goal for retirement was to travel the state parks and old west areas in the US in her RV, but God had other plans for her. Her last years were spent at her sister’s farm, in Indiana, enjoying the peaceful countryside, porch time, and “girl time” with her sister and her niece whom she called her little “BFF”. She was an animal lover, and especially loved cats and horses.Elmerene is survived by her son Jeffrey Cobb of Pasadena, California, her siblings, Sister Connie & husband Jim Dickman of Rising Sun, Indiana. Her brother Gaylen & wife Gail of Lake Elsinore California. Niece’s Zoey Dickman & Erin Mattson and nephews Josh Mattson & Chris (Michelle) Mattson, and several great nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends and family will be received Saturday, March 28 from 11am – 12 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home in Aurora, Indiana. Memorial service will be held immediately following visitation at 12 pm at the funeral home.Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, at which her parents were officers in the Salvation Army Corp.If unable to attend services please call the funeral home office at 812 926-1450, and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Statewide— The Indiana Arts Commission announces the Indiana Arts Emergency Relief Fund to support Indiana’s arts organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The arts add vibrancy and depth to Hoosiers’ lives and are a significant factor in the health of Indiana’s economy. The arts sector contributes $8.4 billion to Indiana’s economy, and Indiana’s overall creative economy includes 160,000 jobs, over 87,000 of which are employees of arts organizations and businesses.The Indiana Arts Emergency Relief Fund program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), and Arts Midwest with funding provided by the CARES Act. Fiscal year 2020 Arts Organization Support (AOS) I, II, and III grant recipients of the IAC are eligible for funding and will be awarded fixed amounts of approximately $2,500 – $3,000. These funds are not competitive, and all eligible organizations will be awarded funds upon the successful completion of a required form which can be found by clicking here. The deadline for eligible organizations to request funding is May 15, 2020.
Paris Crossing, IN— Tuesday evening Jefferson County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a male subject who had been shot at a residence on Dixenford Road. in Jefferson County Indiana. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location to investigate the incident.When deputies arrived on the scene, they located a 40-year-old male individual who had a gunshot wound and began rendering medical aid. The subject was flown to University of Louisville hospital for treatment. The victim has undergone surgery according to JCSD and is in recovery.Melissa S. Payne, 40, was located in Jennings County at a residence shortly after the incident and taken into custody. Melissa S. Payne has been charged on allegations of Attempted Murder and Aggravate Battery with a Deadly Weapon.
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo out of Super Eagles friendlies Celtic given tricky tie in UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Red Star drawn away Celtic appoint Gavin Strachan coach Free agent Efe Ambrose has opened the door for a sensational return to Scottish football. The former Celtic and Hibs defender is on the lookout for a new club having left Derby in the summer. The 30-year-old has already turned down a number of lucrative offers because it wasn’t right for him and his family. But he revealed a return to Scotland is something that would have an appeal. Ambrose said: “I would never say never about the possibility of coming back to Scottish football. “It is a great place to play football and I feel the Scottish league is growing and getting better. “The standing and reputation of the league is growing and there is a real profile to it with the likes of Neil Lennon and Steven Gerrard now at Celtic and Rangers. “I have had some great times in Scotland. My times there, with Celtic and Hibs, were amongst the best of my career and if there was interest there then it is something I would definitely consider.” Ambrose has also insisted his next move is not just about money. He said: “I have had some offers. I had a big-money offer from Turkey that would have seen me earn more than I did at Celtic but it just didn’t feel right. “I want a club to make sure the move is right for my family and for me at this stage in my career.” The centre-half is currently back in Nigeria but has been keeping himself fit by turning out for his local side, Narayi Celtic Kaduna, who were formed after his own spell at Parkhead. Ambrose said: “I have been training every day with my local team back in Nigeria and playing in friendly games. “So when I get my next move sorted, I will be ready to hit the ground running and to be able to get up to speed very quickly. That was the problem when I went to Derby last season.”Tags: CelticDerbyEfe AmbroseHibs
RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Tom Dele-Bashiru has revealed his admiration for former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, saying the retired superstar is his hero. The Manchester City player, who opted to play for Nigeria after he represented England at Under-16 level, said: “Jay-Jay Okocha is my hero. I just loved his playing style and watched videos of him all the time when I was growing up. He’s a big hero of mine, as is (Nwankwo) Kanu.” He was part of the squad at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this season and scored in a 4-0 win over Qatar. Born in Manchester, he qualifies to play for Nigeria through his father. “I’m very proud of my Nigerian roots,” he said. “It’s a great honour to play for my country and show everyone that Nigeria is a great breeding place for talent. It’s a massive country and we have massive support. Everyone there is a football fanatic so the country will be behind us during this tournament. We have got to make them proud.” The midfielder’s decision to play for the Super Eagles was also borne out of the esteem in which he holds a Nigerian great. Meanwhile, Dele-Bashiru heads into a crucial African Cup of Nations Under-23 match tonight with his dream of playing in the Olympics on the line. The Watford midfielder, 20, is with the Supers Eagles for the tournament in Egypt and watched from the bench as Ivory Coast won the group opener 1-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. The former Manchester City player will now hope to get the nod for the game with Zambia at the same stadium tonight and a win is now a must if they are to get out of a group that includes South Africa. The top three teams in the eight-team tournament will qualify for Tokyo 2020. “It’s a big tournament as if we qualify, we get to go to the Olympics,” Dele-Bashiru said. “I’m really excited as it’s a massive competition. There is high expectation to do well and qualify. It will be really disappointing if we don’t qualify. We won it four years ago so we’ve got a lot to live up to. We’ll try our best and hopefully that will be enough.” Dele-Bashiru is joined in the squad by former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali and Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare. “The Under-20s is a good team and most of the lads are from that team,” said Dele-Bashiru. “I haven’t been with the 23s before, but it looks like a team of very good individual players who work hard together. We’ve got a few guys from Europe so it’s exciting.”Tags: Nwankwo KanuSuper EaglesTom Dele-Bashiru
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The European Clubs Association on Tuesday said European football clubs would lose about four billion euros ($4.5 billion) in revenue owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which created a seismic shock.The ECA said that 1.6 billion euros would be lost in the current season and 2.4 billion in 2020-21 by the continent’s 55 leagues. However, a sample of 10 leagues, including the big five of England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France, would lose 3.6 billion euros, with lost ticket sales income amounting to 1.5 billion euros in the two seasons.Meanwhile, seven of the 10 leagues examined had so far resumed or even completed their seasons, all behind closed doors.While France, the Netherlands and Scotland, however, abandoned their seasons.However, the income of television had also taken a hit in the leagues and remained unclear when fans could return.According to ECA CEO Charlie Marshall, the results demonstrate that the financial impact of COVID-19 on European clubs so far is already a seismic shock, even with most competitions up and running again. Marshall said: “The financial impact does not stop when the game resumes. Rather, it will continue into the next season and we must take measures to create a more sustainable football industry in the long run.“The upcoming transfer market will give us the next indication of economic motivation and the state of football’s health, but that cost-cutting must take place in all areas.“Even more as the wage to revenue ratio is expected to rise from just under 59.6 per cent in 2019 to 70.1 per cent in 2021 due to Covid-19.“While it would have been estimated at 62.9 per cent without the pandemic.”The ECA said the situation could be even worse in lower tiers, with wages exceeding income. dpa/NAN.Tags: COVID-19European Clubs AssociationSeismic shock
Theo Walcott is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite helping Arsenal head into 2014 in pole position to claim the Barclays Premier League title. “He works really hard for us up front all the time. He’s had a massive role to make us stay at the top of the league, so hopefully he can stay fit now and hopefully that’s not too much of a bad scar on his foot.” Arsenal’s win on Tyneside was all the more pleasing for Wenger and his players because it was earned with a gritty performance which saw them having to defend for their lives amid a late onslaught. The manager later paid tribute to a resilience his side has been accused of lacking in recent years, but one which has increasingly become a feature of their play having come from behind to win at West Ham 3-1 on Boxing Day. Walcott said: “We have had two tough away matches in this festive period, so I think a lot of people probably doubted us that we were going to get results. “But it just shows that we have got great characters in that dressing room and we are getting stronger and stronger every week. “Everyone trusts each other, which is so important in the dressing room now, so going into the new year, we are very excited now. “You could see from the 10 games last year when we had that run that it was coming and we had it in ourselves. “It was an absolute battle. Newcastle, it was always going to be tough here. We knew from the start it wasn’t going to be the prettiest game. “But when you want to win the title, you have got to come to places like here and try to get a result, and we managed to keep a clean sheet, which is important.” Press Association A hard-fought 1-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday saw the Gunners leapfrog Manchester City into top spot once again with the campaign now at the halfway stage. Manager Arsene Wenger is cautiously optimistic, but knows there is too far to go to make any bold predictions, and England international Walcott is remaining equally level-headed. He told Arsenal Player: “Every game that goes and we get wins, it’s more belief that we are going to win the league. “But we won’t get ahead of ourselves. We know how crucial every game is and we have got to make sure we look after ourselves, really, and hopefully teams will start to slip up. “But as long as we keep on believing, which everyone is there, and which we have been doing from the start of the season… “Hopefully everyone can stay fit, which is important, to have a nice run towards the end of this season now.” There was little to choose between the sides at St James’ Park and a tight contest was eventually settled by Olivier Giroud’s 65th-minute header, a glancing effort from Walcott’s inviting free-kick. It was the Frenchman’s 11th goal of the season, but his first since November 23, and it came after he had picked up a foot injury in a rugged challenge by Magpies defender Mike Williamson. Walcott said: “When you play up front, you want to score goals. He hasn’t scored for a few games now, so that goal will give him a lot of confidence. “You need your main striker to be scoring up front throughout. I didn’t think he touched it, to be fair, when I free-kicked it in, but I am happy for him because he deserved it.
However, earlier this week it had been suggested Solskjaer had reservations about taking the Cardiff job following controversial owner Tan’s numerous disputes with Mackay over recent months. Nevertheless, Dalman remained confident he could convince the 40-year-old to take over the reins with the promise of money to spend in the January transfer window and reassurances over the working structure at the club. Tan had not been scheduled to attend Wednesday’s game at the Emirates, but flew into London especially to try to push through the deal. And Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson hopes Solskjaer can bring a buzz to the club. He said: “We are working ever so hard to prove our point on the pitch and get respected in the Premier League as we want to be in this league. “I have heard he has done well with Molde in Norway. Hopefully he will bring something new, different and exciting into this club.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has arrived at Cardiff City Stadium ahead of his expected presentation as Cardiff’s new manager. The former Manchester United striker and current Molde manager attended Wednesday’s defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the company of owner Vincent Tan and chairman Mehmet Dalman, and his appointment now appears to be imminent. Solskjaer has been Dalman’s number one choice to succeed Malky Mackay in the wake of the Scot’s sacking last Friday. Press Association
The Gunners will set out to return to the top of the table when they travel to Aston Villa on Monday night. Since shipping six at Manchester City last month, the Arsenal rearguard have been breached just once, at West Ham on New Year’s Day, to restore their status of holding the best defensive record in the top flight. “There is still room for improvement, but I have to credit the defenders and the shape of the whole team.” The current Arsenal defence may not yet have earned legendary status as the one which drove Wenger to his first Double in 1998 or the Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the French coach feels the foundations are promising. “We had a very stable and solid defensive record since the start of the season, with two blips – one was against Villa in the first game and one was when we played at Man City,” he said. “But overall our defensive record has been absolutely top and that is what we want to keep until the end of the season, and even improve.” Arsenal have a superb record at Villa Park, where they were last beaten in the Premier League back in December 1998. Monday’s trip to the Midlands will also present an opportunity for the players to lay to rest their 3-1 home defeat by Paul Lambert’s men on the opening day of the season which sparked much criticism of the direction Arsenal where heading. Wenger, though, insisted: “It is not about revenge. “The opening day of the season is not Villa’s fault, and what happened after the game is not Villa’s fault. “We just had to face dissatisfaction from people and our fans, that was completely normal. “Villa is just another game. What is always important is the next game and to produce a good performance.” Szczesny is scheduled to return between the posts at Villa Park having been rested for the 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham last weekend. And the 23-year-old Pole, who has kept 14 clean sheets in all competitions, feels there is growing confidence in a back line which has developed into an effective unit – no matter what the personnel. “I prefer to play behind the same back four because we have got a very good understanding, but you have to give credit to the players that have come in, when everyone does as well as they been doing recently it really doesn’t matter,” Szczesny said. “Thomas Vermaelen has done really well when he has been in the team as have the others, like Nacho Monreal and Carl Jenkinson. “As long as the players coming in are in good shape and bring in the same principles into the game, it doesn’t make much difference. “Hopefully they can maintain that form because the amount of clean sheets we have kept lately has made me very happy.” Szczesny added in the Arsenal matchday magazine: “Clean sheets is something we have always wanted to improve because over the last few years we haven’t been the strongest in the league defensively. “Last season we improved a lot, but I think now we are showing much more consistency in our defending. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is confident Arsenal’s mean defensive streak can see them stay ahead in the race for the Barclays Premier League title. Press Association
“The only thing people will remember is if we go on to achieve what we all want.” Gerrard admits managing the emotions of a title run-in is tough, with the time between games the toughest thing of all for him to deal with. “I want the games to come every day rather than every week but unfortunately that is not the way it goes,” he said. “I would love to play the remaining four games in the next four days but that’s not possible so I have to manage the time well and make sure I am not getting anxious and use unnecessary energy. “I need to stay relaxed and calm and just take each game as it comes – that is what I am trying to do but it is difficult to control my emotions. “I think it was just a release at the end (of the City game). “It is a tough week preparing for these matches and everyone knows personally how much I want it. “I am trying to do things to take my mind off football. In my spare time I’m not sitting around thinking about it, I’m watching stuff on the TV and spending time with my kids and my friends just to take my mind off it.” Liverpool lead the league by two points from Chelsea, who won 1-0 at Swansea on Sunday, with City seven points behind the Reds but with two games in hand. The first of those comes against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night. “We have to treat Norwich like we treated AC Milan in 2005,” he said. “We have to forget what colour their kit is and the personnel wearing it and treat them as the best players in the world. “We have to forget where we are and forget what we’ve done. We have to prepare for Norwich like it’s the last game of our careers.” He added: “Every game is going to get bigger and bigger because we are getting close to that last game of the season. “Of course Man City was always going to be huge at Anfield because they are in the race with us but Norwich now become Man City, Norwich now become Chelsea, Manchester United – that’s how big it is.” The victory over City – secured by Philippe Coutinho after a sliced clearance from Blues captain Vincent Kompany fell to him – was the Reds’ 10th successive league win but the bare statistics alone do not excite Gerrard if they do not prove meaningful at the end of the season. “You get nothing for 10 successive league wins apart from a pat on the back, and we’ve had plenty of those,” he said. “What is key as a footballer is getting something to show for all the hard work – we could go and win 13 in a row and lose the last one and we won’t get anything, no one will remember it. The England midfielder struggled to contain his emotions after the Reds secured a 3-2 win over Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday but pulled his team-mates into a huddle at the final whistle to impress upon them the importance of not letting their advantage at the top slip over the remaining four games. As far as Gerrard is concerned, he will approach facing relegation strugglers Norwich in just the same way as he would an encounter with one of the division’s heavyweights and also evoked the spirit of Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League final comeback against AC Milan in 2005 as a reference point for his team at Carrow Road. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told his team-mates they must all treat Sunday’s match against Norwich “like it’s the last game of our careers”. Press Association
In contrast Snedeker had birdied the first, fifth, seventh and eighth to reach four under par, only to then bogey the 10th and double-bogey the 11th, where he three-putted from long range after his third shot came up just short of the green. That left compatriot Matt Kuchar in the lead on three under, the world number five having birdied the first, fifth and ninth to be out in 32. Former champion Graeme McDowell was one under par after recovering from a bogey on the fourth with an eagle on the fifth, the 2010 winner holing from 10 feet after a three-wood approach from 248 yards. The tee on the fifth had been brought forward by 48 yards and the course as a whole was playing 202 yards shorter than the maximum, although it still took nine holes for Rory McIlroy to find his first birdie of the day. Playing alongside his fellow Northern Irishman McDowell, McIlroy had missed from four feet on the second, a “turtleback” green which he had predicted would only be hit 20 per cent of the time this week. The former world number one then dropped shots on the sixth and seventh after failing to get up and down from sand, before holing from eight feet on the ninth. After almost four hours of play, a total of 17 players were under par, including teenage amateur Matt Fitzpatrick and Open champion Phil Mickelson, who were playing alongside Rose. Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur last year but will make his professional debut in the Irish Open next week, had carded three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, while Mickelson collected two birdies and one bogey to also be out in 34. Mickelson has finished runner-up in the event six times, including to Rose 12 months ago, and needs to win to become just the sixth player in history to win all four major titles. While Brandt Snedeker raced to the turn in 31 – which could have been 30 had he not missed from five feet on the ninth – Rose covered the back nine in four over par to lie seven shots off the lead. Curtis Strange was the last man to successfully defend the title in 1989 and the former Ryder Cup captain’s place in the history books looked increasingly secure as Rose dropped shots on the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th. Justin Rose discovered just why it has been 25 years since anyone won back-to-back US Open titles on Thursday, despite Pinehurst playing easier than expected for the early starters. Press Association
Press Association Burnley defender Luke O’Neill has signed a new two-year deal at Turf Moor, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. The 22-year-old former Leicester player spent time on loan with Sky Bet League Two outfits York and Southend last season. He signed for Burnley from Mansfield in 2012 and has so far made two first-team appearances for the Clarets.