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January 13, 2021

10 years ago: 2011

A committee that was established to review Crawford County’s courthouse finances in 2008 will be reconvened to take a look at the county’s Emergency Medical Services. The county council set things in motion in December when, after receiving a request for an additional appropriation of $25,000 for overtime and holiday pay for EMS, voted to no longer fund overtime requests.

The county council heard a report on jail statistics from Sheriff Tim Wilkerson at its Jan. 3 meeting. Admissions were down from 580 in 2009 to 498 in 2010 but continues to be mainly males between the ages of 18 and 44. Wilkerson noted the jail had 14 prisoners when it opened in May 2004 and has had a high of 84. While the jail has routinely housed about 50 IDOC inmates, it currently has just 15. Council president Jerry Brewer cautioned that the jail was constructed with the thought of housing IDOC prisoners and said it cannot operate on holding just 15 of them.

Crawford County Junior-Senior High School celebrated homecoming by crowning Jordan Newkirk king and Taylor Cox as queen. Prince and princess honors went to Austin Key and Jordan Gilmore, respectively.

The Crawford County Wolfpack boys’ basketball team barely held on Friday night to oust visiting Springs Valley, 63-61.

The Lady Pack bounced back from a slow first quarter to defeat the Eastern Lady Musketeers, 46-39.

Births: Gavin Louis Byers to Julie Stroud and Corey Byers of Pekin; Asa Rhys Stirling to Clive and Connie Peabody Adams, Hendersonville, Tenn.

Deaths: Linda Davis, 65, Depauw; Shawn (Papa Burgundy) Prelli, 21, Hebron, Ky.; Alma (Marcella) Beals, 93, Leavenworth; Henry Fullenwider, 94, formerly of English.

25 years ago: 1996

It began snowing last week in Crawford County and the white stuff kept falling throughout the weekend. More than two feet of snow blanketed most areas, leading to schools closing for more than a week and many meetings canceled.

The county commissioners continued discussion of the Taswell bridge, saying they will negotiate with Norfolk-Southern Railroad to upgrade the structure so that emergency vehicles, heavy trucks, school buses and equipment can use it. There is currently a four-ton limit.

An arsonist is believed to be responsible for the New Year’s Eve fire that destroyed a barn just outside of Marengo. This is the third fire in Marengo within the last few months believed to be set by an arsonist.

Crawford County High School senior Derek Bell has a big decision to make. He has the honor of being nominated for both the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy. He said he has dreamed of becoming a pilot since he was 3 years old and is looking forward to military life.

Chief Deputy Wayne Bullington, 40, marked his 10th anniversary in law enforcement. He was first hired by Sheriff Estel Eastridge in January 1986. In 1990, he became the first investigator for the Crawford County prosecutor’s office.

Friday night, the Wolfpack’s seniors stepped up, contributing 48 of the team’s 60 points in an eight-point road win over Springs Valley.

Births: Sydney Gabrielle to Kirk and Angela Martin of Ramsey; Katlyn Kay to Tony and Tracy Clawson of English; Larry Alexander to Richard and Bonita Jones of Marengo.

Deaths: Ada Mae Ollis, 80, Corydon; Viola Wernert, 80, Corydon; Virginia Wisman, 76, Lanesville; Clyde Baumann, 93, Floyds Knobs; Kester (Chet) Morrison, 68, Fredericksburg; Betty Maggard, 48, Palmyra; Joseph Kintner, 72, Depauw; Elnora Mason, 89, Elizabeth; Bruce Sturgeon, 49, formerly of English; Frank Stofel, 64, Elizabeth.

25 years ago: 1971

One of Indiana’s few remaining true county tournaments will be contested for the 24th time in English. The tourney began in 1920 and has stretched over 51 years yet is being renewed for only the 24th time attests to a stormy existence. Among the coaches, Milltown’s Ron Ferguson will be taking his team to the tourney for the 14th time. He’s won nine of them. Leavenworth’s Fran Scholl will be there for the third time, English’s Paul Robertson will be making his second trip, and neither of them has come home a winner. Dave Skinner, Marengo’s freshman mentor, is making his initial appearance. Milltown’s Jerry Conrad holds the individual scoring record, 45 points.

Births: Dale Lynn Gilmore, Wickliffe; Randi Lea Rothrock, Milltown; Mark Edward Faulkenburg, Taswell; Sandra Lee East, Beech Grove; Rachel Lorraine Mills, Holton.

Deaths: Samuel P. Newton, 91, Birdseye; Ethel Williams, 74, English.

50 years ago – 1971

Wayne W. Sloan of Marengo retired from his position as local postmaster after more than 16 years of service. Leon Lambdin will serve as officer-in-charge.

Clarence Kaiser announced his retirement from the Crawford County SWCD chairmanship at the annual meeting.

A Crawford County 4-H member with eight years of outstanding accomplishments was a delegate to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago. Mark Vance, 18, of Marengo, won his trip award in the photography program. He is in his sophomore year at Asbury College.

Karen Ann Breeden was crowned Basketball Queen at Leavenworth High School. Her attending court was made up of Carol LaHue, Carla Breeden, Rhonda Johnson and Jackie Cummings. Gina Breeden was flower girl. Holly Ford was crown bearer, and Myron Breeden was basketball carrier.

Mike Benham won’t play in the county tourney after all. The English sophomore moved up to the varsity squad from the jayvee team for the tourney, broke a finger in practice and will miss not only the tourney, but several following games as well.

75 years ago: 1946

The Alton Study Club met at the home of Mrs. C.V. Gaither. The club’s objectives for the year are: “World Progress Toward Peace” and “Our Community and its Needs.”

Ralph Hanger has accepted a teaching position at Laconia. He is filling the vacancy left by Carter L. Adams, who was elected superintendent of Crawford County schools.

Billy Temple of Leavenworth, student at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, has been elected council member of the school’s junior class.

The right hand of Willard Bradshaw of near English was severely crushed and several bones fractured when the fly wheel burst on the engine of the hay baler he was cranking. Bradshaw is trustee of Sterling Township.

The Marengo Methodist WSCS met with Mrs. F.E. Denton. Cora Balthis was in charge of devotions, and Mrs. Frank Sprinkle presented the study. Sixteen members were present. Mrs. Lloyd Shannon was received as a new member.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Roberts, their daughter, Nadine, and Guido Hammond, SAO1/C, visited in New Albany.

Capt. and Mrs. H. Sallee are now living in Ontario, Calif.

County Agent R.W. Riggs has announced plans for leaders’ conferences for all townships in Crawford County.

100 years ago: 1921

Joseph Merrilees of Alberta, Canada, has been visiting relatives in English.

Mrs. Frank Blunk and son Harold have returned to Milltown after visiting in Louisville and Leavenworth.

Manford Lone and family have moved from Taswell to Princeton.

Martie Crews of Ethel was called to Taswell on account of the death of his brother, Raleigh Crews.

Calvin and Will Hollis are doing some carpenter work on the Knob’s school house.

Ed Velcein and family of Little Blue visited T.H. Roberson and family at Riddle.

A daughter, Eleanor Justine, arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira J. Littell at Milltown Jan. 2.

Grover Roberson, who has been in Power, Mont., for several years, is visiting in English with his father, Fielding Roberson.

Sallie R. Froman has purchased a residence lot on High Street in English on which a modern bungalow will be erected.

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