Dudleytown Church Serving Harvest Dinner Sunday

Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dudleytown will be having their annual Harvest Festival & Bazaar from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 9.
On the menu will be turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Dine in or carry-out is available for a free will donation.
The church is located south of the junction of SR 11 and SR 250.

How Much Do You Want To Be Known?

by Curt Kovener

We all want our privacy. But should we pick & choose what’s private & what’s not?

There are some folks who put their lives, their family and their travel plans up on Facebook for durn near everyone to see. But even then, it is only what the poster wants to have read, but they have already given up a portion of their right to privacy.

After all, whose fault is it that you tell everyone of your plans to fly to Florida for Christmas and when you return home find your home broken into and valuables taken? While you didn’t invite thieves in, you told them you wouldn’t be home for the holidays. Sort of a tacit “ya’ll come”.

Since the late 1990’s when Indiana became a market value in use state for property tax assessments, we have published real estate sales disclosures because what your neighbors sell their property for can impact your property tax assessment. Some readers-whether buyers or sellers-have told us they consider that information private. But the state of Indiana has said sales prices are a matter of public record.

Recently, the Indiana court of Appeals ruled that causes of death listed on death certificates cannot be kept secret. While some may consider that an intrusion (and we do not intend to begin publishing such information) but for health reporters having access to causes of death could be of benefit to public health.

For instance, what if it was learned that a particular neighborhood or community had a higher incidence of a particular disease than the rest of the state? Wouldn’t you want to know if you lived in an area of higher than normal incidence of cancer or pulmonary disease? And wouldn’t you want to know the cause?

The state board of health as announced that there are six people being observed for a low chance of being exposed to Ebola. For those of you who may now have been paying attention, Ebola is a deadly disease communicable via bodily fluids only if symptoms are evident.

The state is not disclosing who or where these possibly exposed people are out of their right to privacy. They have not been diagnosed so that is consistent with the State Board of Health’s past practice.

The state takes a similar position on issues of West Nile Virus spread by mosquitoes and Lyme disease spread by ticks. It is only until those diseases are confirmed in the populace that the counties of victim’s residence are made public.

Lin Montgomery, public health educator for the Jackson County Health Department, provided some reassuring facts regarding Ebola.

•Ebola virus disease (EVD) is transmitted by direct contact with blood and body fluids of someone who has symptoms of disease, including fever, headache, body aches, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

•The infection can be spread only by someone who has symptoms.

•Those infected may start showing symptoms ranging from 2 to 21 days from when they were infected. The average time for symptoms to begin is 8-10 days.

• EVD is not transmitted by food, water, or airborne routes.

•Individuals must have a history of travel to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone (no other countries) within the past 21 days or must have a history of direct contact with an Ebola patient and have symptoms to warrant further investigation.

The Schneck Foundation and Community Foundation of Jackson County are hosting an informational program on Ebola next Wednesday, Nov. 12, is the Seymour high School auditorium if you would like more in-depth information on this most recent health concern.



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Question Of Increasing Town Council Seats On Next Week’s Ballot

No Crothersville Town Council member will be on the ballot next Tuesday, but Crothersville voters have an exclusive question to answer concerning the council size when they vote, Nov. 4.
The question is simple and requires a yes or no answer: “Shall the number of town council members be increased from three members to five members?”
If the majority of Vernon Crothersville precinct voters say yes next week, then five town council seats will be voted on in the municipal election in November 2015. If the ‘No’ votes are in the majority, the council would remain at three members.
The suggestion of increasing the council size was put forward last year by local resident Brenda Holzworth who, at the time, said in 2-1 voting situation it is one person making the decisions for the town. “Five members would give greater input into decision making,” she said.
In August the town council approved a local resolution which allows voters living in town to decide whether to increase the number of seats on the town council.
Several years ago the council abolished council districts allowing all members to run at-large in order to encourage residents to participate in the local town governing process. If two more seats are added to the council table, they too would be an at-large position.
The question will only be on the Vernon Crothersville precinct ballot which votes at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Voters in the Vernon South precinct will cast their ballot at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Station while Vernon North voters will cast their ballot at Professional Heating & Cooling on US 31 north of Uniontown.
The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Tuesday.

Town Trick Or Treat, Baptist Harvest Party Friday

First Baptist Church of Crothersville will hold a Harvest Party for youth at 6 p.m. this Friday on All Hallows’ Eve, Oct. 31.
There will be games, candy, desserts, cookies, and Trunk ‘n’ Treat.
The town of Crothersville will observe Trick or Treat from 6-8 p.m. this Friday.
Residents welcoming costumed youngsters should turn on their front porch light.

Craft Show Saturday At Immanuel Lutheran

The Ladies Aid #3 of Immanuel Lutheran church will be celebrating its 32nd annual craft show this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the two gyms of Immanuel Lutheran school, 520 S. Chestnut St. in Seymour
There will be over 60 vendors selling hand crafted items. A light lunch will be available in the cafeteria.