Brothers arrested for stealing ginseng 

Jesse Frye, 33, and Adam Frye, 27, Connersville, were located on private property just off of Brookville Reservoir property in possession of ginseng by Indiana Conservation Officers Sept. 17, said Officer Corey Norrod. Further investigation proved they had been hunting and digging ginseng in both locations without consent or proper permission to do so.

According to Norrod, “Wild ginseng is a plant sought for its root. Values differ, but can range anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per pound.” 

Both were cited for theft of ginseng from state property and harvesting ginseng without consent of a landowner. If convicted, each could face one to two and a half years of imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Citizens are urged to report natural resource violations by calling Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the anonymous tip line at 800-TIPIDNR. 

The legal ginseng harvest season started Sept. 1 and runs to Dec. 31. To view ginseng harvest restrictions and regulations, persons may visit https://secure.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/8235.htm.

Mobile office can assist veterans

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know – and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office, 300 E. Main St., Madison, Monday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available.

Like all DAV services, help is free to veterans and family members.

BHS grad will appear in IU musical

Batesville High School graduate Emily Rozman will make her Indiana University theater debut as dancer Succubae in the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The Web site www.indiana.edu/ ~thtr/productions/2014/drood.shtml suggests,  “Enter the Tony Award-winning mysterious, comical, raucous and risque world of the English music hall, where the audience determines the outcome!” 

The production is slated for Sept. 26, 27 and 30 and Oct. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth N. Halls Theatre within the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.

Tickets at $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for students can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1ue6UyR or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

The sophomore is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater.The daughter of Smitty and Connie Rozman, Batesville, is remembered for her BHS roles as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Winnifred in “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Blood drive Oct. 8

St. Louis Catholic Church is sponsoring a community blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. No appointments will be taken, so come any time between noon-5:30 p.m.

Hoxworth Blood Center enables lifesaving transfusions at Margaret Mary Health. “Most people know someone who has had a blood transfusion,” says organizer Anita Brelage. “Please support these people by taking the time to donate blood.” 

It could be slow going on I-74

Indiana Department of Transportation workers will close single lanes for several miles along Interstate 74 beginning this Saturday, Sept. 20 – weather permitting – for bridge deck overlays at I-74 structures over Johnson Fork and White’s Hill roads. The lane closures will be between mile markers 167 and 170 on alternating lanes in both directions,  said spokesman  Harry Maginity.

A single lane will be open to traffic in either direction at all times. There will be no exit closures. 

These bridge preservation operations will continue at the two I-74 bridges for two weeks. There will be no restrictions on Fridays. INDOT officials anticipate bridge overlays with lane restrictions at other county locations will continue through October. 

RAM Construction Services is the state’s contractor for this $563,481 INDOT Seymour District bridge project. The contract calls for pavement repairs and epoxy polymer deck overlays at nine I-74 bridges at five locations in Dearborn County. 

For area highway information, persons may monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  They can verify travel plans at TrafficWise: http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.

Quilts will be displayed

Over 120 Heartfelt Honors Quilts, created by area quilters to thank and honor wounded and traumatized servicemembers from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, will be displayed Friday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road, Columbus. 

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