Clarksville, In. — A wheel which came off a vehicle traveling southbound on I-65 resulted in the fatality of a northbound motorist.The preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 12:50 pm this afternoon, Peter D. Gaetano, 51, of Covert, Michigan was driving his blue, 2016 GMC pickup truck southbound near the 2.8 mile marker when the rear driver’s side wheel came off his vehicle as he was traveling in the third lane of I-65 just north of Eastern Boulevard. After breaking loose from the vehicle, the wheel became airborne, crossing over the concrete median wall and into the northbound lanes of I-65. The wheel collided with a white Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Olivia Kustes,18, of Rineyville, Kentucky, causing fatal injuries. The pickup truck continued north into the righthand emergency lane and appeared not to be stopping. A commercial vehicle driver, Alvin P. Logan, 45, Chicago, Illinois, realized the vehicle was not stopping and placed his semi-truck in front of the vehicle driven by Kustes and slowly brought it to a stop on the right side of the interstate.Clarksville City Police units were first to arrive on scene and requested the aid of Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists who are investigating the crash.The two right-hand lanes of I-65 northbound remained closed until approximately 4:00 pm.Olivia Kustes was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
FORTVILLE, In. —(Newswire.com) – Indiana fiberglass pool manufacturer, Thursday Pools, has just unveiled its plans to manufacture the world’s first and only sunken living room fiberglass pools. Sunken living rooms are an inground pool amenity that have previously only been available in high-end custom gunite pools.“We’re really excited about this,” said Bill Khamis, Thursday Pools CFO. “This innovation is coming right on the heels of our last innovation, the world’s first Beach Entry Fiberglass Pool. It’s fun to be able to offer our dealers pool designs that no one else in the industry has to offer. We have expanded our manufacturing facility twice in the last two years to accommodate all of our new innovations.”Ed Vondell, Thursday Pools COO added: “Our sunken living room fiberglass pools will be just as easy to install as a regular fiberglass pool because they will be supported by Thursday Pools’ exclusive, patent-pending Backfill Eliminator technology. Depending on the options you choose, your pool builder will just need to add hookups for gas, water and low voltage power.”The Thursday Pools sunken living room fiberglass pool designs will be available in either round or square shape and will have multiple in-pool options, including:A sunken sitting/dining area. The Thursday Pools sunken living room pool designs can be custom outfitted with seating, tables and other decor to reflect the owner’s style.A fire pit. The fire pit option provides the ultimate outdoor experience of warming up fireside while surrounded by cool, sparkling water.A swim-up bar. With the swim-up bar option, pool-goers get the Vegas style treatment where it’s not necessary to leave the pool to grab a beverage.An in-pool spa. Alternatively, those looking to soak in warm, bubbling water instead of a dry seating area can order a sunken living room pool with an in-pool spa.The Thursday Pools sunken living room fiberglass pool can be topped with:A tanning deck. This option makes the ideal perch for a couple of lounge chairs and a table for your phone and beverage. It can be used to lay out, sit, meditate or do a little morning yoga.A putting green. A putting green top allows owners to practice their short game in the morning, and then remove it for entertaining later in the day.The Thursday Pools sunken living room fiberglass pool can be customized by adding:A high-end sound system.Custom LED lighting.A refrigerator.Custom finishes.And more.For those who like having the best of the best, the sunken living room fiberglass pool will provide a backyard experience like no other. To watch a video and get on the waitlist, interested parties should visit https://thursdaypools.com/sunken-living-room-fiberglass-pool/.
Batesville, In. — The latest report from the analysts at WalletHub would suggest the tri-state area is not all that “green.”Researchers looked at all 50 states and compared them with 27 key metrics to make the rankings. Ohio led the area at #35, Indiana was next 40 and Kentucky was determined to be the 48th least green state in the country.A link to the full study is here.
Osgood, In. — The St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Ladies Aid Spaghetti Dinner will be Thursday, May 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the corner of County Road 700 N & Finks Road. The free-will offering menu includes regular and gluten free pasta, sauce with beef ot without, garlic bread, salad and many desserts.
Greendale, IN—Traffic will switch from left-hand lanes to right-hand lanes on the I-275 bridges over Action Lane (north of Greendale) on or after Thursday, July 18, weather permitting for the continuation of a bridge deck overlay project. A 55 mph speed limit and 12-foot width restriction will remain in place, with one lane open in each direction. The project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2019
Statewide— While Christmas and New Year’s Eve are fun times to celebrate with family and friends, it’s also one of the deadliest times of the year for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving fatalities.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last December, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver in the U.S. In fact, out of all of the holiday seasons, Christmas and New Year’s experienced the highest number of drunk-driving-related fatalities (285) in 2018.To keep people safe on the road and put an end to drunk driving, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute wants to encourage every Hoosier motorist to drive safe and sober this holiday season.Last year in the U.S., one person died every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, according to NHTSA. These deaths account for approximately one-third of all traffic deaths each year, with 10,511 occurring in 2018 alone.In Indiana, of the 873 fatal crashes in 2018, 83 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.Drug-impaired driving is also illegal. Whether the drug is illicit or legally prescribed, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers, and other road users. Even over-the-counter medications can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or another drug.Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for these, and other traffic offenses, during the holiday season.Remember these tips for a safe night on the road.Designate or be a sober driver.Call a cab, ride-sharing service or use public transportation.Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.Never provide alcohol to minors.If you’re hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.If you know someone who is impaired and about to drive, take the keys and make alternate arrangements.If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.For more information about drunk driving, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober, and to learn about drug-impaired driving, visit http://on.in.gov/drivehighDUI.
Boys Area Basketball Sectional ScoresFriday (3-6)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Southwestern ShelbyMorristown 53 Rising Sun 39Oldenburg 63 Jac-Cen-Del 43Class 2A-Sectional 44 @ North DecaturNorth Decatur 66 Milan 60 South Decatur 76 Triton Central 63Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ ConnersvilleGreensburg 65 Connersville 49South Dearborn 63 Batesville 60 Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus NorthEast Central 67 Bloomington North 55Bloomington South 59 Columbus North 49Class 4A-Sectional 15 @ SeymourFloyd Central 61 Jeffersonville 47Jennings County 44 Bedford North Lawrence 43Class 3A-Sectional 30 @ Corydon CentralMadison 67 Scottsburg 59Silver Creek 69 North Harrison 50Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Southwestern HanoverSouthwestern 53 Henryville 30Providence 53 Switzerland County 43
Franklin County, IN—Neysa Raible, the Franklin County Clerk would like to remind residents in Franklin County that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to be proactive, voters, including those that are elderly, sick, individuals with compromised immune systems, or anyone, can request an absentee ballot by mail to vote in the upcoming primary. They can be requested by calling the office at 765.647.3224 or you can download an application online by clicking here. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 23, 2020 to vote in the May 5 Primary.
Batesville, IN—The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will be postponing two scheduled events, the March 31st Lunch and Learn will be rescheduled for September 29th and the 100 year celebration will be postponed to this fall. Restaurant week will still continue as planned.
Greensburg, IN—As a reminder, the City of Greensburg will have Heavy Trash Pick-Up starting this Monday and running through Thursday. The City will not pick up electronics, tires, paint, or household hazardous waste. The items will be collected on the same day as your regular trash pick-up. For Heavy trash related questions, please call the Greensburg City Street Department at 812.663.5634.