Vanderburgh County and the city of Evansville recently received over $1.1 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area legislators.This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, according to State Reps. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch). Grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation and funded through the state budget.“Our long-term investment and commitment to roads and bridges resulted in Indiana being named the top state in the nation for infrastructure,” Sullivan said. “These funds will help our communities improve our local roads and bridges, ensuring we have a strong foundation for the future.”As part of the program, Vanderburgh County received $401,754 and Evansville received $752,008 for local road projects.“This program demonstrates how our state and local communities can work together on behalf of all Hoosiers,” McNamara said. “Roads and bridges connect us, and this investment will go a long way toward keeping our infrastructure in good condition.”McNamara said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.“Programs like Community Crossings are a win-win for our community and state,” Hostettler said. “With Indiana’s constantly changing weather, we have to work hard to keep up the maintenance on our roads and bridges.”Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Wanda Louise Huelson, age 84 of Versailles, IN, passed away early Saturday morning, May 6, 2017 at her home with family by her side. She was born the daughter of Lester A. and Lavina Edith Henneke Hawley on October 4, 1932 in Carmel, Indiana. Wanda married Joseph Fields, and to this union, seven children were born. Later in her life, she married Norman L. Huelson in August of 1980. She and Norman enjoyed traveling throughout the US and also had traveled to Europe. On July 31, 2009, Norman preceded her in death.Wanda had worked as the Registrar for the Ripley County Health Department from the 1970’s to the middle 1980’s. Past memberships included the New Marion Baptist Church and the Ripley County Homemakers Club. She loved doing volunteer work for Meals on Wheels in Ripley County. Water-color painting, gardening, and cooking were things that she was especially talented in. She was a wonderful mother who had worked very hard raising her seven children and was very proud of all of her family!Survivors include:Sons:Jeff (Jennifer) Fields of Gilbert, AZTodd (Trish) Fields of Liberty, INScott (Dede) Fields of Holton, INDaughters:Jacqueline Flannery of Benton, ARRobin (Bill) Cannariato of Batesville, INMarsha Fields of OsgoodJo Dee (Bruce) Coy of Versailles, INBrother: James (Bonnie) Hawley of Spokane, WAGrandchildren: 15Great Grandchildren: 17She was preceded in death by one great grandchild.Visitation and funeral will be held on same day, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Neal’s Funeral Home. Visitation from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with funeral starting at 7:00 pm.The family request that memorial donations be made to Mud Pike Cemetery c/o the funeral home.Burial will be at the family’s convenience.Services entrusted to Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.net
Lawrenceburg, In. — A record number attended the 4th annual Bash Before the Stash at the Lawrenceburg Event Center on June 1 to support efforts to curb domestic violence. Through sponsorships, donations and ticket sales, over $40,000 was raised for Safe Passage, the nonprofit domestic and sexual violence shelter that provides emergency shelter, intervention and prevention programming to Dearborn, Franklin, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Jefferson Counties.Anytime Fitness hosts the special event with all proceeds going to Safe Passage John Spence, owner of 21 Anytime Fitness facilities, is on the board of Safe Passage, and spearheaded this successful fundraiser with support from his staff and business partners Michael Gelfgot and Christian Slater. Adding this latest amount, Anytime Fitness has raised over $130,000 for Safe Passage by hosting the past three Bash events all at the Event Center. Organizers noted that final numbers aren’t in yet, and could go much higher due to a Brees Dream Foundation match that will be submitted.Although Safe Passage serves six counties, this is a major fundraiser for the Dearborn County support services. The organization has a satellite office in downtown Lawrenceburg with a fulltime case manager and is where weekly support group meetings are held.Jane Yorn, executive director of Safe Passage, was overwhelmed with the response from Anytime Fitness and the community. “We are so pleased with the support of the county either by attending this event, decorating a table, sponsoring it or providing an auction item. Dearborn County is our top service county of the six we serve so it’s wonderful to see the community support our life-saving work. “ She added, “Anytime Fitness puts on a first-rate event, and the time and energy they donate to make it successful is just humbling. We at Safe Passage feel very blessed to have such a caring partner in the community.” The money raised from the Bash will go to prevention programming and support services for victims and their children.This year, the host invited local businesses to decorate tables to show their support and to expose more people to their organization or business. There was a beach theme and the guests enjoyed seeing the impressive creativity from the many local organizations. WLWT TV broadcaster Sheree Paollelo (an East Central alum) once again emceed the program. A personal story from a domestic violence victim about growing up in a violent family received a standing ovation. A live auction featuring eight items and a silent auction with over 30 baskets/packages helped raise money for Safe Passage. The audience met the challenge to raise enough money that evening to purchase a leased vehicle from Haag Ford for Safe Passage. It is used primarily to transport clients for various needs.Since the nonprofit was established in 1997, Safe Passage has helped free 12,000 victims and their children from a lifestyle of domestic violence. No fees are charged for shelter or outreach services, and much of the funding comes from private donations and fundraisers. Safe Place, a sexual assault crisis center and service provider, is a division of Safe Passage and was added to the services this year.For more information about Safe Passage, Inc. click here.