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Publisher The Indiana Volume 87, Issue 9 • September 2022 Published monthly The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation has awarded two Legacy Scholarships to children of families tied to Indiana newspapers. Kadence (Kadie) O'Bannon of Floyds Knobs is the daughter of Jon and Soni O'Bannon and the granddaughter of Judy O'Bannon. Jon is the president/publisher of The Corydon Democrat. Soni is the chief operating officer and Judy is chairman of the board. The O'Bannon family has operated the newspaper for 115 years. Ella Peterson of Attica is the granddaughter of Phyllis Bowerstock who has served as a graphic artist at the Tribune- Star (Terre Haute) for 36 years. Each scholarship is worth $1,000, which will go to pay for costs of the students to attend college. Both students are attending colleges in the state. O'Bannon is a freshman at Indiana University in Bloomington. She is majoring in entrepreneurship and management at the Kelly School of Business. See Legacy, page 4 The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation presented 284 awards honoring outstanding work during the 54th annual Journalism Awards luncheon Friday, Sept. 23 at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis. HSPA received more than 1,300 contest entries from journalists and newspapers across Indiana. Journalists from the Tennessee Press Association served as judges for this year's contest. The highest organizational honor is the Blue Ribbon Award, the top recognition given to two newspapers — one daily and one nondaily — judged as the best publication in the state. In selecting the Blue Ribbon winners, judges consider breadth and depth of coverage, quality of reporting and copy editing, news judgment and content balance, general appearance, originality, reader interest and overall professionalism. This year, The Lebanon Reporter received Nondaily Blue Ribbon honors and The Daily Journal (Franklin) was named the Daily Blue Ribbon winner. Story of the Year and Photo of the Year are selected by judges from among all the first place writing and photo winners respectively. These are judged as the most outstanding pieces of work – regardless of a newspaper's circulation division. Tony Cook and Johnny Magdaleno's story examining short- comings in Indiana's Red Flag Law was selected as Story of the Year. The story was also named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "An incredibly powerful series 2022 HSPA Journalism Awards honor excellence of Indiana newspapers See Awards, page 2 The 2022 Nondaily and Daily Blue Ribbon Newspaper recipients are the Lebanon Reporter and The Daily Journal (Franklin). O'Bannon Peterson "The neat thing about HSPA's Legacy Scholarships is that it is geared toward assisting the children and grandchildren of the rank-and-file employees of Indiana's newspapers." — Mark Miller, HSPA Foundation board member HSPA Foundation annual awards aim to assist newspaper employee families O'Bannon, Peterson receive $1,000 Legacy Scholarships Indiana Debate Commission accepting questions for Oct. 16 U.S. Senate debate The Indiana Debate Commission will sponsor a single Senate debate with U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Democratic candidate Mayor Tom McDermott and Libertarian James Sceniak on Oct. 16, before the mid-term elections. It will air Sunday, Oct. 16, from 7-8 p.m. on WFYI in Indianapolis. Voters can start submitting questions now, https:// Boone County GOP sheriff's candidate debate is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagles lodge in Lebanon REMINDER Town of Zionsville hires CFO NEW HIRE | 10 SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 $1.25 Sports ........................5 Classifieds .................7 Comics .......................9 Lifestyle ......................2 Obituaries ................10 Opinion .......................4 TODAY'S INDEX THOUGHT FOR TODAY "Packaged inside of every mistake there lays a great lesson." CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH VISITATIONS AND SERVICES Michael John Depinet – Service: 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 319 E. South St., Lebanon. Visitation: An hour prior to the service. Andrea Sayles – Service: 3 p.m. today at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Visita- tion: Two hours prior to the service. Thomas Ray Clark – Celebration of Life: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Jill's Diner, 421 7th St., Columbus. Gary Maxwell – Service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Visitation: Two hours prior to the service. WEATHER Today: Early snow showers, with a high of 38 See forecast on Page 10 Lebanon Reporter Vol. 131, No. 78 CONNECT WITH US Twitter: @lebanonreporter Facebook: /lebanonreporter Reporter THE Lebanon Ser ving Boone County since 1891 MARIA FLORA M A R I A . F L O R A @ R E P O R T E R . N E T The State Department of Eco- nomic Development for months has been negotiating with prop- erty owners northwest of Lebanon to get 4,000 to 7,000 acres under option to buy. L oc a l speculat ion about t he eventual land use ran the gamut from China buying farmland to a FedEx hub, an airport, a state pen- itentiary, a nuclear power plant, heavy industry, and more. But the state's activity here is part of a new site acquisition strat- egy and could result in a cluster of tech, research and innovation com- panies moving to Boone County and bringing high-pay- ing jobs. T h e c o u n t y 's position midway between Indianap- olis a nd P urdue University in West Lafayette, plus the proximity to Interstate 65, make it attractive to high-tech companies who would want to hire Purdue graduates, David Rosenberg, IEDC execut ive v ice president, sa id F r id ay i n a n i nte r v ie w w it h T h e L e b a n o n Reporter. A s par t of the project, the state would develop an area roughly from I n d . 3 2 n o r t h - wa rd to C ount y Road 300 Nor th or b e yond , a nd from C.R. 500 W. to Interstate 65, Lebanon Mayor Matthew Gentry said Friday. "The state has aimed to invest a lot of money into this site to make MYSTERY SOLVED State reveals intended purpose for land acquisition northwest of Lebanon John Flora I The Lebanon Reporter Boone County residents packed the Western Boone High School gym Thursday night to learn about a proposed high-tech industrial park proposed for an estimated 4,000 to 7000 acres northwest of Lebanon. Boone County Commissioners shared what they knew about the project, which wasn't much, but the Indiana Economic Development Commission on Friday revealed more details about its intent in buying the land. Shown here (seated from left) are Don Lawson, Jeff Wolfe, the commissioners' attorney Robert Clutter, and Tom Santelli. David Rosenberg Matthew Gentry MARIA FLORA M A R I A . F L O R A @ R E P O R T E R . N E T Residents came with jeers and questions for Boone County Com- missioners Thursday night and left with few answers and height- ened frustration. They hoped to learn the plans for a s t ate - sp on s or e d pr oj- ect slated for agricultural land northwest of Lebanon and locally referred to as "the land grab." But there were no maps, no artists' renderings, no indus- try leaders to greet them, just commissioners Jeff Wolfe, Don Lawson and Tom Santelli, and their attorney, Robert Clutter, at a table on the Western Boone Jr.- Sr. High School gym floor. Commissioners found it diffi- cult to hear community speakers at the microphone, and shouts ranging from a suggestion to get hearing aids, to curse words flung from the bleachers, did little to improve understanding in the Residents dissatisfied with lack of information on proposed development Photos by John Flora I The Lebanon Reporter A woman asks Boone County Commissioners to protect her family's rural way of life during a public forum Thursday at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School. She lives near 4,000-7,000 acres northwest of Lebanon that are proposed for a tech park. Bonnie Frye asked commissioners to protect farmland from development. MELISSA GIBSON T H E L E B A N O N R E P O R T E R If you're tracking candidates for the May 3rd Primary Election this year, you may have noticed that Thorntown resident Charles Book- walter isn't on the ballot. Bookwalter says he's hoping to change that, while bringing atten- tion to a new amendment passed in the summer of 2021. But it doesn't look like he's going to make it on the ballot for this election. Indiana Code 3-8-2-7 became ef fe c t ive Ja n. 1, and requires pri- mary candidates to have either voted in two primary elec- tions in the past or receive a waiver f r o m t h e p a r t y chair. T h e ' t w o - p r i m a r y ' r u l e , according to Book- wa lter, is unconst it ut iona l a nd is being used as a way to protect incumbents. In this case, Bookwal- ter wanted to run in Indiana's 4th District against Congressman Jim Baird. "In 2016 I was eligible to run for any office I wanted. I voted in the 2016 primaries and didn't vote in the 2020 primaries because the Republican nominees for President and U.S. Congress ran unopposed," Bookwalter said. "So I was told to go to my party chair and request a certificate in order to run. I submit- ted a 12-page affidavit, including Bookwalter fights to appear on GOP ballot Submitted photos Charles Bookwalter Charles Bookwalter and his family are hoping he will be allowed to run for U.S. Congress Representative in the May primary election. See BOOKWALTER on 6 See LANDGRAB on 6 See PURPOSE on 6 THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021 $1.00 Johnson County, Indiana | DAILYJOURNAL.NET DAILY JOURNAL DAILY Main switchboard 317-736-7101 Delivery: 317-736-2777, 888-736-7101 Advertising: 317-736-2700 News tips: 317-736-2712 CALL US ON THE WEB Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter Keep up with the news and happenings in Johnson County area with the Daily Journal's Facebook and Twitter pages. dailyjournalnews dailyjournalnet Bargersville Stacey Brown Franklin Betty Spears Greenwood Evalyn Carroll Indianapolis Shaun Ryan Shelbyville Garry Brown Unionville John Brackett DEATHS Longtime Whiteland fixture retiring Garden celebration set for Saturday Go! | C1 Clark-Pleasant to host job fair this weekend With the opening of Ray Crowe Elementary School approaching this summer, Clark-Pleasant schools is looking to fill several new positions. To help find qualified applicants, Clark-Pleasant schools will host a job fair Saturday. The school dis- trict is looking for bus driv- ers, building and grounds workers, custodians and maintenance workers. The job fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Clark- Pleasant Community School Administration Building, 50 Center Street, Whiteland. Applicants should have a high school diploma or a GED, and must pass a background check and drug screen. Applicants for bus driver positions must also have a driver's license and clean driving record, said Michael Akers, trans- portation director. "We're expanding, we're opening a new building and we're adding a lot more employees over the next several weeks until the school building opens," Akers said. "We will train bus drivers, and basically take them from the start line to the finish line." Pay for all positions depends on experience. The pay for bus drivers, for example, starts at $15.36 an hour and rises quickly to $24.97 once drivers earn their com- mercial driver's license. The school district will have another job fair in the coming months for instructional assistants and cafeteria workers, Akers said. YOU SHOULD KNOW Community rallies during, after fire Sports Plus, You Are the Artist severely damaged in co-op blaze BY EMILY KETTERER | DAILY JOURNAL Tuesday started out like any other day at a local sports shop in down- town Greenwood. Then the building next door went up in flames. The owners of Sports Plus, 200 E. Main Street, had just minutes to save as much inventory as they could before the fire that engulfed a grain elevator right outside spread to their building, which also houses an art studio. "Total strangers I had never met were running in to help us. We were just taking things and throwing them out on to Main Street," owner Scott Beasley said. The fire at the now-abandoned Pictured: The abandoned Farm Bureau Co-op building in downtown Greenwood burned down late Tuesday afternoon. PHOTO SUBMITTED GREENWOOD Two Franklin officers awarded for saving woman's life BY LEEANN DOERFLEIN | DAILY JOURNAL Two Franklin police officers were honored for their quick action to save a woman's life. Officers Steve Statelets and Jesse Brown were awarded the Life Saving Award last week for their display of ini- tiative, capability and attention to duty that helped save a life on April 10. At about 10:52 a.m., Statelets arrived first to a report of a collapsed woman at Classique Hair Styling. He found the woman lying on the floor displaying signs of cardiac arrest with several people tending to her, according to a Franklin Police Depart- ment report. After seeing the gravity of the situation, Statelets radioed dispatch to expe- dite medical personnel and advised he was going to start CPR, according to the report. LEEANN DOERFLEIN | DAILY JOURNAL Chief Kirby Cochran recounts the incident that earned Officers Steve Statelets, pictured middle, and Jesse Brown the Life Saver Award. BROWN State officials push vaccine BY LEEANN DOERFLEIN | DAILY JOURNAL After weeks of waning COVID-19 vaccine interest, state health officials on Wednesday shared more about their next steps to try and reach herd immunity. In the Indiana Department of Health's first new conference in several weeks, Dr. Lindsay Weaver, state medical examiner, said herd immunity is possible this year. However, it will require more intentional messaging about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines reaching all Hoosiers who are eligible. So far, nearly 1.8 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated, rep- resenting 33% of residents 16 and older, according to the Indiana Department of Health. Addition- ally, 46.5% of Hoosiers have either been vaccinated, are partially vaccinated or have an appoint- ment scheduled, data shows. More than 41,800 Johnson County residents are fully vaccinated, which is 33.8% of residents 16 and older, ac- cording to the state health department. A total of 44% of all local residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, data shows. Weaver and Dr. Kristina Box, state health commissioner, said there is proof that vaccines are working in the low case counts and hospitalization rates that continue to persist in much of the state. Though a more BY RYAN TRARES | DAILY JOURNAL or four years, hundreds of red, white and blue-clad runners, families and onlookers would gather on Memorial Day in downtown Franklin. They came for the camaraderie of the community, showing off their patriotism while breezing through a quick one-mile race down city streets and along the Greenway Trail. After the running was complete, most stayed to watch the city's solemn memorial ceremony on the courthouse lawn. In 2020, downtown remained silent on the national holiday, with both the race and the remembrance ceremony canceled on account of the pandemic. But once again, the Memorial Day Mile is back on. "It was the plan last year to bring everyone back and make it bigger. This is a follow-through on that com- mitment," said Chad McCullough, founder of the Memorial Day Mile. Organizers announced this month Memorial Day Mile returns after one-year hiatus Pictured from top: Female runners leave the starting line of the Memorial Day Mile in 2019 in downtown in Franklin. After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the race is back on in person this year. // Male runners leave the starting line. // Veterans are seen during the veterans walk. SUBMITTED PHOTO; DAILY JOURNAL FILE PHOTOS (SEE RACE PAGE A2) (SEE FIRE PAGE A2) (SEE OFFICERS PAGE A2) As variant spreads, health leaders say shot is increasingly important COVID-19 IMPACT (SEE VACCINE PAGE A3)

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