A Gibson County student among those being recognized statewide for their studies. Vincennes University says two of its programs and 7 of its students have received the Indiana Award for Excellence at a luncheon recently in Indianapolis. Among those honored is Patoka resident Dakota Rostron. She's currently majoring in the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Program at VU, and has received national awards for her skills with CNC equipment, is a volunteer firefighter and a camp counselor. Dakota graduated from Princeton Community High School in 2013.
Princeton Community High School's National Honor Society will host a donkey basketball game this Saturday. The event begins at 7 PM in the old high school gym. Tickets are on sale now at the high school and at Old National Bank for $6 per person - they'll be $8 at the door. Children 12 years old and under can get a free donkey ride between games. Proceeds benefit the Jim Dexter Memorial Scholarship.
The University of Southern Indiana's men's basketball team celebrating today after Sunday's win in the championship of the GLVC tournament. The 86-63 win sends them into the NCAA Division 2 Midwest Regional this coming Saturday.
Wabash Valley's women's team stunned Saturday in the championship of the Region 24 tournament at Rend Lake. The Lady Warriors fell to Southwestern Illinois, 55-53.
Monday could be decision day for the Gibson County Fairgrounds Improvement project. Fair board members are seeking a 5 and a half million dollar TIF funding request from the Redevelopment Commission to renovate infrastructure and build new facilities - about two thirds of the plan's total cost. The details of the project were presented to commission members at their meeting last month, and members tabled the decision to March - that meeting was supposed to be this past Monday - but it was postponed when county offices were closed because of the weather. Included in the plans are a convention center to replace open-air concession stands, a new 4-H building, and other improvements that would being the fairgrounds up to standards needed to serve as an emergency center by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
The public will get a chance Saturday to see some of the wildlife that calls the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge home. Volunteers at the refuge will host a birdwatching event starting at 5:30 PM - offering a brief presentation on the Woodcock, and then will walk to the Maxey Marsh Trail in search of the bird. Participants should meet at the Boyd Trail Parking Lot for the presentation. For more information call 569-4009.