April 23, 2014

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Durbin Plaza issues continue
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:45 PM

The ongoing closures of some businesses in Durbin Plaza on Lawrenceburg’s Front Street have more than one reason.
City of Lawrenceburg Building Inspector Carl Fryman said two weeks ago following heavy rain and a sewerage back up into the Dollar General part of the plaza he requested and worked with the Dearborn County Health Department to order a 24-hour closure. That order has expired, said Fryman.

Meanwhile, the antique mall portion of the plaza was closed by Fryman in December 2013 following a roof leak and issues related to the leak.

Return to the front Part 2
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:41 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:08 PM )
Over 5,000 American soldiers are buried at the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in France. From left: Jarold Leiker and Mark Kirchgassner, Lawrenceburg High School teachers, cemetery superintendent Dwight Anderson, Lise Pommois, a historian who guided the local group to battle sites, and Rita Kirchgassner, LHS counselor.

Read all about it...

To read LHS teacher Jarod Leiker’s blog of the trip, go to http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog/jcleiker3/1/tpod.html.

This is the second of a two-part series on local teachers following the World War II footsteps of the 45th Infantry Division i n World War II. The father/grandfather of two of the travelers served in the 45th. For part one, see the Thursday, April 10, Dearborn County Register.

Lawrenceburg High School counselor Rita Kirchgassner's journey to learn about her dad's World War II experiences led from battlefield to battlefield in Europe.

Finally, near the end of a 25-day trip funded by a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity grant, Rita and her companions came to the spot where her dad, Sgt. Robert L. Kirchgassner, was critically wounded.

“The emotions – actually seeing the place where this occurred. Can you get the image of a wounded John Schweisthal helping carry the litter so my dad can receive medical attention?” asked Rita. Schweisthal commandeered a Jeep to get Kirchgassner to a field hospital.

Bullies Busted
Written by Erika Schmidt Russell   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:37 PM

Lawrenceburg Primary School second-graders put their lessons in developing good character to use Friday, April 11, at the third Bully Busters Bowl. LPS social worker Tisha Linzy gathered up folks from the Greater Lawrenceburg community to serve as team mentors, Hometown Heroes, Caregivers and judges.

The Bully Buster Bowl has teams from each second grade class answering questions about scenarios they may face or about what a good character trait is. Those teams each have a mentor, and are given points on their answers by three judges, which in this case two of them really were judges.

Dearborn Superior Court Nos. 1 and 2 Judges Sally Blankenship and Jon Cleary were two of the judges with LPS Principal Tammy Gregory serving as the third judge. Team mentors help the students develop their answers in a 30-second time frame, unless they ask for a lifeline, said Linzy.

Standards only part of S-D meeting; music tutoring still an issue
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:36 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:06 PM )

Just days before Indiana released its new k-12 education standards, the Sunman-Dearborn Community School Board discussed the state's withdrawal from federal Common Core standards.

The topic arose at the Thursday, April 10, board meeting after S-D Superintendent Jeff Hendrix recommended the adoption of textbooks for the 2014-2015 school year.

“It looks like a lot of the textbooks are Common Core,” said board member John McKay. Were the books selected before Indiana opted out of Common Core, he asked.

Moores Hill vet is honored to take flight to Washington, D.C.
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:29 PM

He had heard about the Honor Flight trips on the news. He had thought about participating, but did not know how to get involved.

But during a trip to the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, he was presented with the opportunity, said Charles “Charlie Bill” McKinley, 82, Moores Hill.

“They gave me a card with a number on it. I called it and everything fell into place,” said McKinley.