Rabies Clinic At Fire Station Friday

There will be a rabies clinic this Friday, May 15, at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is a part of the Jackson County rabies clinics to reach outlying areas of pet owners in the county. This local clinic is sponsored by the Crothersville FFA.

Vaccinations are $12 for dogs and cats.

Dr. Robert Gillespie will be administering the rabies vaccinations. He reminds pet owners bringing their animal to the clinic to have it on a secure leash.

Crothersville Elementary Is 1st To Receive State Pre-School Certification

Crothersville Elementary is the first public school in the state to receive certification making it eligible for state-funded vouchers through a pilot preschool initiative.

Because Crothersville Elementary School recently was awarded the Paths to Quality Level 3 designation, it can accept those vouchers from low-income families who qualify for the On My Way Pre-K program in Jackson County.

The school also has an opportunity to apply for grant money through the program, which will begin at the start of the new school year in August.

Last year, Jackson County and four other Hoosier counties — Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh — were selected to take part in the program in an effort to give more 4-year-olds access to quality, early-childhood education.

Paths to Quality is the state’s voluntary rating and improvement program through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. A Level 3 out of the four levels means the school will or has implemented a curriculum that supports children’s learning and school readiness.

Once enrolled in On My Way Pre-K, qualified families can receive vouchers and choose from any of the approved programs available in the area. Those include community and faith-based programs and public or charter schools rated at Level 3, such as Crothersville, or Level 4.

Dan Hodge, executive director of the Jackson County Education Coalition, said the county’s goal is to have at least 10 On My Way Pre-K providers by the beginning of the coming school year.

Currently there are four other sites that have been certified for On My Way Pre-K — Head Start, Terri’s Playhouse, Child Care Network at Girls Inc. and Margaret R. Brown Elementary School, all in Seymour.

By the April 30 deadline, 97 families had registered to participate, Hodge said.

Warren Forgey Named President, CEO At Schneck Medical

Warren Forgey, CPA, MHA, has been named the new President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center upon the retirement of Gary Meyer on April 3 later this year.

“We are so fortunate to have Warren lead Schneck Medical Center,” said Rick Smith, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “His talents, expertise, and vision will ensure Schneck continues to grow, evolve, and bring leading medicine to the communities we serve. This is a critical time in healthcare and how we navigate the path ahead is determined by the people who lead the way. Warren is the right leader to carry forward the aspirations of this organization.”

Forgey brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Schneck, including Executive Vice President of Fiscal Services & Business Development, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Operations Officer.

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence Schneck has placed in me to lead our organization into the future,” Forgey said. “There are great challenges ahead for those of us in healthcare and I welcome them. Backed by the highly capable and dedicated staff of this organization and by our outstanding physicians, I look forward to continuing to build on the excellent foundation Gary has created and leading our efforts to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Forgey has been instrumental in advancing patient-focused care at Schneck, including leading its most recent expansion and renovation project highlighted by a state-of-the-art Cancer Center, Outpatient Care Center and Emergency Department.  Under his leadership, Schneck has earned a debt rating of “A” from Standard & Poor’s and a rating of “A+” from Fitch Ratings.

Eagle & Otter At Refuge

online E&O 1A juvenile Bald Eagle watches as a River Otter casually walks away after an encounter on a frozen pond at the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge recently.

Both eagles and otters have made a comeback after being re-introduced into their native southern Indiana and are now seen with more frequency in remote areas of Hoosier Wilderness.

~photo by Tracie Kovener

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Thanksgiving Meals For The Needy To Be Served Next Wednesday

Brownstown Area Businesses and Brownstown Area Ministerial Association will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to anyone desiring a meal next Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, at Miche’s Diner, 216 W. Commerce St, in Brownstown. Serving will be from 5-7 p.m.
The Brownstown Christian Church and volunteers will be delivering meals to anyone in the county who is in need of a meal. To arrange for delivered meals call the church at 812-358-4172 anytime up until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
The restaurants of Miche’s, Blondie’s, and Pewter Hall will be cooking portions of the meal in addition to volunteers.