Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

February 18, 2014

Drug-free coalition eyes goals

At a two-hour planning retreat Feb. 3, Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville members evaluated their voluntary efforts since the group was loosely formed in late 2011.

Nicole Schiesler, Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati strategies director, led the discussion. First she distributed a handout of seven strategies for community change formulated by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Coalition Institute: provide information, enhance skills, provide support, reduce barriers, change consequences, physical design and change policies.

Schiesler asked about CDFB successes so far. Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts reported the AlcoholEdu® for High School online program, created by EverFi, Washington, D.C., is in the beginning phases of implementation at Batesville High School and Oldenburg Academy. “That was a big success” made possible by a $30,755 Indiana Family and Social Services Administration grant that will fund it for four years.

BHS associate principal Brad Stoneking said the noncredit, mandatory alcohol course will be taken in health classes. He, principal Andy Allen and health teacher Connie Dickman participated in a phone conference with EverFi officials. “We did get some vital information about it that we did like.”

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Melissa Tucker said speaker Chad Vargas, who overcame a challenging childhood because of his mother’s drug use, and the current online Community Perception Survey were other wins.

Choices Program/SADD director Cindy Blessing liked seeing the coalition partner with other groups, such as area police volunteers and the Batesville Mayor’s Youth Council, on National Night Out Aug. 5, 2013.

The Rev. Larry Dimick of Batesville United Methodist Church said the promotion of a prescription drug disposal program should make a difference. He also remembered the “We’re not Going to Take It” billboard campaign to discourage illegal drug use.

Roberts maintained that Police Chief Stan Holt, co-chair of CDFB with Mayor Rick Fledderman, “and the police force have done an outstanding job of nipping some things in the bud.” With the help of the Indiana State Police, U.S. Marshals Service in Indianapolis, Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office and Jinx, a 54-pound Dutch shepherd and her trainer, Sgt. Danny Hamilton, 14 alleged drug dealers were arrested in the second half of 2012, significantly more than in past years.

Text Only
Local News
  • nws - bv072514 - BCSC lowery leaves Lowery leaves school board Batesville resident Chris Lowery’s appointment as Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Southeast chancellor caused him to resign from the Batesville Community School Corp. board July 21.He has been a District 3 trustee for a dozen years, serving as bo

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • National Night Out set for Aug. 4 Area residents can enjoy a grill-out and pool party by attending the local National Night Out Monday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Batesville Memorial Pool. Sponsored by the Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville and the Fraternal Order of Police, t

    July 25, 2014

  • Batesville Summer Bash starts Aug. 1 The third annual Batesville Summer Bash begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and runs until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in downtown Batesville. The event features sidewalk sales, including home-based business booths; the Saturday morning farmers’ market an

    July 25, 2014

  • Shell building site determined The Batesville Economic Development Commission pinpointed where to construct a shell building within the city’s vacant industrial park July 18.Consultant Greg Martz of GM Development, New Castle, recommended a 7-acre site just east of Merkel Road and

    July 25, 2014

  • Babe Ruth Tournament benefits the whole community Local leaders pointed out the benefits resulting from hosting the 10 and under Central Indiana Babe Ruth Tournament at The Plex here July 10-13. Seven teams participated in the tourney, bringing more than 120 young players to Batesville, plus familie

    July 25, 2014

  • Brother charged in shooting

    July 23, 2014

  • Apartments tax abatement approved After gaining a recommendation from the Batesville Economic Development Commission, developer Bruce Rippe was at the Batesville City Council meeting July 14 to request a 10-year real property tax abatement for Depot Square, which will be 45 one- and

    July 22, 2014

  • Readers' input will guide newspaper staff “What newspapers do you read? What Web sites do you visit? Where do you shop? How do you use our newspaper and our Web site?” wonders Laura Welborn, publisher of The Herald-Tribune, Batesville; Daily News, Greensburg; and Rushville Republican.Answers

    July 22, 2014

  • nws - bv072214 - BPRB Batesville Parks and Recreation Board brainstorms new funding Batesville Parks and Recreation Board members brainstormed different ways to offset budget cuts and increasing demands across several projects at the July 16 meeting.Funding first came up in the meeting as Eric Frey, Administrative Resources associat

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072214 - RCCF impact grant $25,000 community impact grant awarded From a pool off 11 applicants, the Ripley County Safe Schools Commission Safe School Readiness project was chosen to receive the $25,000 Ripley County Community Foundation Community Impact Grant. It will provide each public school district in Ripley

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo