Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

September 6, 2013

Public safety at the forefront


“It’s not if something happens, it’s when something happens,” he said.

Member Joe Sizemore, Metamora, was concerned new jail standards will “force the taxpayers to pay more.” Whipker agreed, “It’s an unfunded mandate… it’s a requirement. There’s going to be an expectation that certain things happen ... doing nothing is unacceptable,” he emphasized. The inspector said a percentage of economic development or option income taxes could be set aside to fund jail operations.

The medical services category of the jail budget could double from $66,000 allotted in 2013 to a recommended $125,000 in 2014, including a medical technician who would be paid $34,091. Whipker urged that a nurse evaluate all new inmates on a daily basis. Murphy divulged that now “we have a doctor who comes in once a week.”

One council member asked if a county nurse could check inmates’ health. According to Whipker, “An hour a day ... is better than nothing.” Jail staff shouldn’t assess medical conditions, he noted. “You want that left to professionals.”

Murphy said the two county nurses are supervised by the county health officer, Dr. Michael Fain. The two discussed having one nurse work as needed at the security center, but Fain doesn’t have the right kind of malpractice insurance for that task.

Member Aaron Leffingwell, Brookville, asked if the current jail health provider has a nurse who could check out inmates’ health issues and the answer was yes.

The sheriff’s budget, which includes 11 jailers’ salaries, is projected at $1.135 million, up 66 percent from $681,823. If approved, a chief jailer at $34,091 would be a new position. Whipker said, “I’m a firm believer jail employees must be paid well. The sheriff has a constitutional obligation … to insure the safety and security of people to confined to a jail. You want highly trained, professional people working in the facility.” He advised the council to offer enough pay “so they want to work in the jail, not use it as a stepping-stone.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Five new cars and trailer burn on interstate Six Batesville firefighters responded to a car-carrier truck fire on westbound Interstate 74 just behind Batesville High School at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, July 27, according to Fire Chief Todd Schutte. The chief also called for tanker support from Oldenbu

    July 29, 2014

  • nws - bv072914 - cincinnati orchestra Symphony highlights arts council's 25th anniversary The Franklin County Arts Council, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was established when Franklin County High School opened in Brookville.Vice President Patti Wilhelm, Brookville, who has been involved with the organization for 24 years, re

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 chinese classroom Educators work and play in China ”I loved China!” raves Batesville Middle School language arts and special education teacher Alex Davis, who worked in Beijing with five other Batesville Community School Corp. educators June 28-July 18 to sharpen the English skills of Chinese incomin

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • State police post meth lab closures online Area residents can search a new Web-based listing of meth lab addresses in Ripley and Franklin counties. The Indiana State Police unveiled the online database on the Indiana Methamphetamine Investigation System Web site, It lists not

    July 29, 2014

  • 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

Featured Ads
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Photo Gallery

Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.