Fire Chief says it is too early to determine what caused fire at Top Shattaz

first_img Share 21 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Fire Chief says it is too early to determine what caused fire at Top Shattaz by: – April 27, 2011 Fire officials are still trying to determine exactly what caused a massive fire this morning whichdestroyed the Top Shatazz Bar on the Roseau Bayfront and disrupted several businesses in the vincinity.Click here to listen to interview: As indicated in this interview with Police Chief Josiah Dupis, it is much too early to determine exactly how the fire started as investigations has to be carried out and information will be made available when it is completed.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Dale E. Williamson

first_imgDale Edward Williamson of Batesville, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was 70 years old.Born on December 23, 1949 in Batesville, Indiana, he was the son of Harry Williamson and Marian (Williamson) Kessens and the step-son of Milton Kessens.In 1968, Dale graduated from Batesville High School as part of the last class to attend the old high school building. Shortly after that, he joined US Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam era. Before retiring, Dale worked in maintenance for the Batesville Casket Company for 32 years.Dale was a member of both the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and the FOE Aerie #1130, Batesville. He enjoyed being a part of the local Aerie and went on to become the Indiana FOE State President from 1997 to 1998. Supporting this group and their causes had become his passion. His hard work and dedication to the organization was honored in 2014 when he was inducted into the Indiana State Aerie FOE Hall of Fame.Dale and his sons were also NASCAR enthusiasts, watching and attending events together. Many times you could find Dale out cruising in his own 1989 red Mustang convertible. He was also quite a good cook. He especially liked making breakfast, and of course, his famous chili. You certainly never left hungry if Dale was cooking. Most of all he loved being with his family especially, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Deborah Williamson; sons, Jeff (Tricia) Williamson of Batesville and Greg (Tracey) Williamson of Indianapolis; step-children, John Hertel, Holly (John) Browning and Ryan (Tammy) Hertel all of Brookville; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; along with his sisters, Linda (Conley) Beard of Oldenburg and Donna Miller of Batesville.In addition to all three of his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, David Miller.Visitation will be Friday, August 21, 2020 from 4-7pm followed by funeral service at 7:00pm all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Military honors immediately after by the Ripley County VFW Post #3183 and Prell-Brand American Legion Post #271. His wishes were to be cremated after services.  The family will have a private burial service at St. Marks Cemetery at a future date.Due to the COVID-19 precautions, the family asks all attending to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocol. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association by bringing it to the services or mailing to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.You are welcomed to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Dale’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

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Financial aid sign ups down slightly among potential college students

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa College Aid reports a slight drop in the number of students filing the information that’s used to determine if they qualify for federal aid, state-funded grants, and scholarships provided by colleges and universities.  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Keest Sedrel says the filing rate for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA fell from 54 to 52 percent. “We’ve been working on pumping up the FAFSA filing numbers for several years — and we’ve been very successful — we’ve been seeing year-over-year increases,” according to Sedrel. “And, along  about March when COVID really became a big issue in the United States, Iowa like all of the states in the country, really saw those rates start to dip.” She says part of the issue could be the seniors have been at home and not in school. “When K-through-12 schools closed the physical campuses, high school seniors wouldn’t have had regular personal contact with their school counselors any longer.  And a lot of times these school counselors are the ones who facilitate that filing for financial aid,” Sedrel says.  She says it could also be due to uncertainty about what would happen with colleges. “We do think that there was an issue with students not being sure what was going to happen with schools in the fall,” she says.  “A lot of the time period we are looking at here — physical campuses had closed for the remainder of that school year — but schools hadn’t yet announced their plans for the fall of 2020.”  Sedrel says the positive is Iowa hasn’t seen the drop that other states have. “It’s happened all across the country. Iowa has actually seen a smaller dip than most other states — so we don’t want to paint this out to be a dire situation,” Sedrel says. But we are going to have to offset the losses from this year  as we do look to moving forward on these FAFSA numbers.”  She says getting financial aid for students aligns with the Future Ready Iowa goal of  having 70 percent of the workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.  Sedrel says students and families can go online and file for FAFSA to find out how much aid is available.last_img read more

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