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INDIANAPOLIS – This Valentine’s Day, the Indianapolis Colts mascot, Blue, is teaming up with Meijer to offer fans a unique gift for the special someone in their life. Through a personalized surprise visit from Blue that includes confetti, flowers, chocolates, and Colts gear, individuals can give their sweetheart a Valentine’s Day they will remember forever.

Individuals who are interested in booking Cupid Blue for a Valentine this year can visit submit a request online or call 317-808-5264. Deliveries are available February 8-12, 2016.

WHAT:           Blue’s Valentine’s Day Deliveries

Reservation being accepted online for deliveries on February 8-12, 2016

$150 (Includes visit from Blue, confetti, flowers, chocolates and Colts gear)

Man Rescued by Friend After Falling Through Ice at Elk Creek

A Scottsburg man was rescued after he fell through the ice at Elk Creek Lake late Sunday afternoon.

According to Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Hash, 19-year-old Brady Allen had been fishing at the lake and after catching a fish fell through the ice while returning to the hole he had drilled earlier in the day.

Allen’s friend threw a jacket to him and was able to get him back on top of the ice, when he broke through again and was pulled out a second time and taken to shore.

Allen was taken to Scott Memorial Hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Officers say ice conditions at the Lake were deteriorating due to the rising temperatures, and witnesses estimate that Allen was in the icy waters for 2-5 minutes.

Life jackets were not being used and Allen did not have any ice picks to aid in his getting out of the water.

Responders on scene also included the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Gibson Township Fire, and EMS.

Indiana Conservation Officers urge everyone to check the thickness of ice for a minimum of 4 inches for a person, and more for heavier traffic.

Also, take and use appropriate life jackets, ice picks, and warm clothing before venturing onto frozen waterways.

Indiana and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Hoosiers’ Ferrell named Player of the Week; Badgers’ Happ earns second straight Freshman of the Week honor

Player of the Week

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

G – 6-0 – Sr. – Indianapolis, Ind. – Park Tudor

  • Averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 assists per game in leading the Hoosiers to a pair of wins versus Illinois and Northwestern
  • For the week, shot 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the field and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from three-point range, and recorded a 3.8 assist/turnover ratio with 15 assists and just four turnovers
  • Scored 16 points, bolstered by five three-pointers, and handed out nine assists versus the Fighting Illini, becoming the school’s all-time career leader in assists
  • Scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and dished out six assists against the Wildcats
  • Currently ranks second with 18.9 points per game in conference play, and is fourth with 6.3 assists per contest
  • Earns his first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Troy Williams (Dec. 22, 2014)

Freshman of the Week

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

F – 6-9 – Milan, Ill. – Rockridge

  • Posted a double-double with a season-high 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals in the Badgers’ road win at Penn State
  • Secured his Big Ten leading seventh double-double of the season
  • In conference play, currently ranks third in the Big Ten with 8.1 rebounds per game, and is second with 2.0 steals per contest
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Ethan Happ (Jan. 18, 2016)

2015-16 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 16          Player (Co): Joey King, MINN and Alex Olah, NU

Freshman: Caleb Swanigan, PUR

Nov. 23          Player: Denzel Valentine, MSU

Freshman: Thomas Bryant, IND

Nov. 30          Player: Denzel Valentine, MSU

Freshman: Deyonta Davis, MSU

Dec. 7            Player: A.J. Hammons, PUR

Freshman: Jordan Murphy, MINN

Dec. 14          Player (Co): Jarrod Uthoff, IOWA and Melo Trimble, MD

Freshman: Caleb Swanigan, PUR

Dec. 21          Player (Co): Malcolm Hill, ILL and Caris LeVert, MICH

Freshman: Nicholas Baer, IOWA

Dec. 28          Player (Co): Bryn Forbes, MSU and A.J. Hammons, PUR

Freshman: Corey Sanders, RU

Jan. 4             Player: Diamond Stone, MD-FR

Freshman: Diamond Stone, MD

Jan. 11           Player: Mike Gesell, IOWA

Freshman: Thomas Bryant, IND

Jan. 18           Player: Peter Jok, IOWA

Freshman (Co): JaQuan Lyle, OSU and Ethan Happ, WIS

Jan. 25           Player: Yogi Ferrell, IND

Freshman: Ethan Happ, WIS

Private Applicator Exam Opportunity on February 9th

On February 9th, 2016 Purdue Extension Office of Scott County will be host location for individuals interested in acquiring their Private Applicators license. Exam available at this location are for CORE and Category 14.

Producers are welcome to take the exam any time between 3 and 6 p.m. at the Scott County Fairgrounds located at South U.S. Highway 31, Scottsburg, IN.

To take the exam, you must preregister by calling the Purdue Pesticide Program at 800-319-3090 or email Cheri Janssen at [email protected] Study materials are available through the Pesticide Program or your local Extension Office.

Joseph “Ralph” Hobson, 77

Joseph “Ralph” Hobson, 77 of Paoli, passed away Sunday January 24, 2016, at Paoli Health and Living.  He was born April 13, 1938, in Paoli, IN to Ralph Hobson and Elva Marie Tuell Hobson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Rex Roach and Bobby Dean Roach, two sisters Sue White and Glenda Farnsley.

He owned and operated Ralph’s Small Engine Repair and he also was a former truck driver for various companies.

He serviced in the Airforce from 1955-1959

He was a member of the American Legion and the Paoli VFW.

Survivors include:

5-Sons:  Ralph Anthony Hobson   Orangeville, IN, Robert Eugene Hobson Ashland City, TN, Steven Glenn Hobson, French Lick, IN, Bobby James Hobson, Orleans, IN,               Billy Joseph Hobson, Orleans, IN

2-Daughters: Karen Marie Hobson, French Lick, IN,  Regina Lynn Hobson, Orangeville, IN

4-Brothers:Jim Roach, Orangeville, IN; John Roach, Orleans, IN, Tracy Roach, Orlando, FL, Michael Eugene Roach, French Lick, IN.

1-Sister:Patricia Maddox, Orleans, IN

Also surviving Joseph “Ralph” Hobson are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday January 27, 2016 at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Beech Grove Cemetery, Paoli, IN.  Visitation to be held from 11:00 AMuntil the time of service on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home 226 West Campbell Street Paoli, IN.

Online Condolences may be made at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.Com

“Big Four” Veterans Service Organizations to hold Press Conference at Indiana Capitol

The four largest veteran service organizations in Indiana have joined together as a unified voice for veteran specific legislation during this 2016 session in the Indiana General Assembly.

Leaders of the Indiana Departments of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and American Veterans have aligned their legislative priorities in an agreement to strategically support a number of veteran specific bills introduced this session.

The combined organization’s group, known to many in the veteran community as the “Big Four,” is scheduled to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. at the Indiana State House South Atrium Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

The Big Four would like to address the media on legislative concerns for veterans in the state and explain why the groups have joined forces to back crucial legislation for Hoosier veterans.

Some of the priority legislation the Big Four are working together to pass during the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly are; Veterans’ Recovery Program, which establishes programs and funding for troops with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries; Military Family Relief Fund, which expands the availability of access to the fund from active service members to honorably discharged veterans and their families, and; Unclaimed Remains of Veterans, which gives unclaimed veterans honorable burials.

The Indiana American Legion Cmdr. Larry Lowry said the state ranks low overall in the nation when it comes to veterans’ benefits and services and needs to move toward a higher standard for veterans.

“Indiana has consistently ranked among the lowest of all states regarding veterans’ benefits and services in the nation. It’s time we begin moving up on those rankings and put Indiana toward the top,” said Lowry.

The Indiana VFW Cmdr. William “Buzz” Weberding said benefits that concern veterans in the state need to be protected.

“As state commander of Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a lifelong resident of Indiana, I need to express the importance that we, as a state, start, and continue to fight for benefits that affect all Hoosier Veterans and their families. We have to stop the removal of benefits for our veterans and families,” said Weberding.

Indiana DAV Cmdr. Terry Sanders said despite the large number of veterans in Indiana, the state hasn’t moved in favor of benefits for veterans.

“Our state is home to nearly half a million veterans and that number continues to grow as more Indiana troops are deployed in support of overseas contingency operations to fight terrorism. But, Indiana is near the bottom of the list for service to veterans,” said Sanders.

Indiana AMVETS Cmdr. Jackie Randolph, expressed the need for the organizations to join together in the legislative fight and his organization’s concern for Indiana veterans.

“AMVETS is committed to our military and veterans in Indiana,” said Randolph. “Indiana is a patriotic state; we raise our men and women to want to serve. We need our elected officials to honor that service and pass meaningful legislation to get Indiana off the bottom of the pile.”

More information is available by request including a full list of the Big Four’s 2016 legislative priorities.

Sandy J. Harrison Eads, 47

Mrs. Sandy J.  Harrison Eads age 47 of Salem passed away Sunday, January 24 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Eads was born December 17, 1968 in Corydon the daughter of Hershel and Patricia Kenyon Harrison.  She was an employee of Save-A-Lot.  She was a member of Salem Assembly of God.

Sandy is survived by her husband:  Bryan Eads.  They were married March 10, 2007.  She is also survived by three brothers:  Brandon, Brian and Geoffrey Harrison all of Salem, a sister:  Kathy Mason of Orlando, Florida, her father and step-mother:  Hershel and Ann Harrison both of Salem, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother:  Patricia Kenyon Harrison.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8PM and Thursday from 9AM-time of service.

Sheila S. Waldridge, 72

Sheila S. Waldridge, 72, of Paoli, passed away on January 22, 2016 at 9:05 AM at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 8, 1943 in Lee County, Virginia, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy (Johnson) Cavins .

She loved to sew. Her hobbies were jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her four sons, Wayne (Robin Sweet) Ray of Orleans, Henry Ray of Bedford, Andy Evans of Orleans, Johnny (Rhonda) Dillard of Orleans; three daughters, Robin Ray of Paoli, Brenda Schofield of Orleans, Janie (Kenneth) McCullough of West Baden Springs; fifteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Ray Buttery of Orleans and one sister, Mildred Faye Cross of Paoli.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Dillard: son, Grover Ray; one brother, Fred “Tony” Cavins.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Pastor Thomas Bostic officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Hillous H. “Fish” Fishburn, 86

Mr. Hillous H. “Fish” Fishburn age 86 of Salem passed away Friday, January 22 at Salem Crossing.

Mr. Fishburn was born April 20, 1929 in Tennessee the son of Elzie and Effie Gammon Fishburn.

He was a retired meat cutter for Jay C Food Stores.  He had previously worked for IGA, and Phillip’s 66.

He also operated the old Fishburn’s Ashland service station.  He attended Monroe Church of Christ and West Side Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife:  Olene Zimmerman Fishburn in 1964. He was also preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters.

He is survived by his wife:  June McVay Fishburn. They were married May 16, 1975.  He is also survived by a son:  Steve Fishburn of Seymour, a daughter:  Marsha Cunningham of Seymour, a step-son:  Russell Amburn (Donna) of Salem, a step-daughter:  Wanda Cruse (Mike) of Salem, two brothers:  Gerald and Mack Fishburn both of Indianapolis, a sister:  Melva Fishburn of Indianapolis, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4-8PM and Tuesday from 9AM-time of service.

Phyllis Roberta Darity, 59

Phyllis Roberta Darity, age 59 of Tampa, Florida passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in her residence.

She graduated from Eastern High School in 1976 and was a licensed dental assistant.

She served as a home room mom at Northwest Elementary School for many years. She served as Treasurer of Walker Middle School for 2 years and was a Volunteer of the Year at Walker Middle School.

She spearheaded several projects including: Howl For Health Fundraisers for Walker Middle School, Scripes Gift Cards, Steinbrenner High School Senior Banner Program and Steinbrenner Senior Sendoff Party.

Phyllis was born December 16, 1957 in New Albany, Indiana, the daughter of the late Lorne Belcher, who served on the Salem Police Department for many years and Jean A. (Ramsey) Belcher, who survives.

Also surviving are: 1 Daughter: Tiffany Jeanine Napoli, her 99 year old grandmother, Lillie Ramsey, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, class mates and friends.

Funeral Service: 11:00 am Tuesday at Dawalt Funeral Home.

Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Monday and after 9 am on Tuesday. Interment at Winslow Cemetery .

In lieu of Flowers: Please make contributions to: The Tiffany Napoli College Fund, C/O Jean Belcher 105 Corvette Drive Tampa, Florida 33624