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  • 4-H Fair - At the Barrel Races
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    In photography speak, this is what you call a "stolen moment." Young River Haven Cole at the 4-H Fair barrel races.

     

  • Obit - Norma Lee Bodkins
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    Norma Lee Bodkins, 86, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Park Terrace Village. She was born January 20, 1930, in Knox County, IN, to the late Virgil J. and Henrietta M. (Sprinkle) Morrison.
     

    Throughout the years she worked as a Surgical Tech and Doctor's Assistant, and graduated later in life from USI with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Health Services with a Minor in Social Work. Norma founded the River City Eagles in Evansville and the Oakland City Eagles, where she held many offices throughout the years. She had also been active in the State Eagles Organization with her husband. She loved dancing the polka and the waltz. Previously, Norma lived in Gibson Co., Vanderburgh Co., Pike Co., and in Bradenton Co., FL.

    Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Oral Calvin Bodkins; brother, Jackie Joe Morrison; and her parents.

    She is survived by her son, Steven Roy (Patti) Bodkins of TX; daughters, Angela (Howard "Butch") Draper of Tiptonville, TN and Teresa (Alan) Blackburn of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Shane O'Keefe of Evansville, Mark Blackburn of Mt. Vernon, Erick Bodkins of Evansville, Ivy Bodkins, Cheri Norrington and Andy Hurst of Winslow, IN; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great, great-grandchildren.

    A Memorial Service will be held 3:30 PM Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Alexander West Chapel. Friends may visit Sunday from 2:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

    Special thanks to the staffs of Heritage Hospice and Park Terrace Village for their excellent care and compassion.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or to Heritage Hospice, 1202 W. Buena Vista Rd, Evansville, IN 47710. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.

  • New Harmony Music Festival and School Jam at Sara's
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    The annual New Harmony Music Festival and School is taking place in New Harmony this week. Lot's of great music and cool events. This is one of two informal jams at Sara's Café, Bistro and Wine Bar. Check out the schedule.

  • Sheep Judging and Calf Ropers at the 4H Fair
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    See how I got roped into this.

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    Sheep judging.

     

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    Cowboys.

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    The roping event is fun for all ages.

  • Motocross at the 4-H Fair
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    Here's a few pics from the Motocross race at the 4-H Fair on Sunday, one of several put on by Posey MX. I loved riding motocross as a kid and enjoy watching it as an adult. If you're not familiar with the sport, you'd probably be surprised how much it's a family activiity. It's not unusual to see three generations of racers with their families, and some pretty small riders on the track. If you like watching sports, you should consider catching one of their races.

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  • Royalty at the Races
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    Newly crowned Posey County Teen Queen Libby Fifer and her little sister Lia, last year's Little Miss Posey County, attend the Sunday morning Motocross race and wave the checkered flag for the first two races.

    “I was very shocked,” says Libby recalling when she was announced as the winner. “I thought my friend would get it, but I was very happy afterwards.” says Libby, who plans on becoming a cardio-vascular surgeon, and loves watching Gray’s Anatomy, according to Lia. She also wants to spread the word about the fair and help others feel better about themselves.

    “I loved being Little Miss Posey County,” says Lia.  “It was so much fun. I love walking around the fair and seeing everyone looking at the animals and seeing all the fun things we have.”
    Lia wants to be a fashion designer.

    “I love drawing,” she says. “I love fashion. I hope my mom will teach me how to sew.”

    Their obviously proud mom Stephanie worked as my photo assistant for this picture, and as you can see, did a great job. Thanks all.

  • The 4-H Fair Begins
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    The annual Posey County 4-H Fair began tonight with the Royalty Pageants. Pictured above, Amber Allyn, age 12, walks the stage in the Duchess contest. I'll post more photos of the event as the week progresses. And if any of the girls or their parents want a copy, just shoot me an email. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to photograph th Teen and  Miss Posey County pageants, so apologies to the girls and their families.

    Anyway, the Observer is planning on covering as many 4-H events as possible this week, so be sure and check back. It's a wonderful part of life in Posey County.

     

  • Black Township Board Votes to End Suspicionless Drug Testing
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    On Tuesday, Jume 16, at a few minutes after noon, the Black Township Advisory Board voted unanimously to stop the Trustee's suspicionless drug testing policy, at least until such time that the U.S. Constitution is flushed down the toilet, thus making suspicionless searches by government agencies "legal." 

    That's a big win for the citizen's of Black Township, which includes Mount Vernona and a lot of the surrounding countryside, No longer will suitcases full of taxpayer money be lit on fire for an inneffective program that punishes our most vulnerable citizens and their children.

    Fortunately, it looks like the illegal searches the Township conducted for several years are not going to cost taxpayers much more than the money already wasted. But we need to ever vigilant. There will always be those who want to take away our constitutional rights.

  • State Police to set up Sobriety Checkpoints this Weekend
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    Last time the Observer publicized one of these things, a lot of people shared the information and not a single person was arrested.

    Let's do it again.

    The press release:

    Indiana State Police will conduct Sobriety Checkpoint this Weekend in Posey County

    Posey County – Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this upcoming weekend. The exact location, date and time will not be released. Motorists that are not impaired can expect only short delays of 2-3 minutes while passing through the checkpoint.

    Troopers encourage all motorists to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post when they observe another motorist that may be impaired. Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.

    The Indiana State Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.

  • Substance Abuse and Women
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    This page at the Sunrise House website provides information about women and addiction, including demographics and some treatment options. They asked that I pass it along, and I am happy to do that.

    As an aside, this is an example of one of the interesting aspects of running a small town newspaper. The person who sent me that link, as part of her job, apparently scours the internet looking for sites that link to organizations concerned with women's health issues. The Observer's Counseling and Support page incudes links to several.

    Sunrise House is apparently a commercial operation, so there is likely a profit motive in addition to any genuine concern they no doubt have for helping women with substance abuse problems. I don't know anything about the efficacy or value of their particular treatment program, nor about treatment programs in general. Regardless, information is a good thing and if you or someone you know has substance abuse issues, it's best to get all the infomation you can in order to make informed decisions.