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Headlines for Wednesday, August 20, 2014

49-yeDelong croppedar-old Darrel Delong of Collinsville has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a traffic crash last November that killed five people, including his wife.  Delong was driving with a blood alcohol level of .14 the night he was hill jumping in rural Hamilton County. The crash claimed the lives of his wife Tammy; Tammy’s daughter, Katelyn Fancher, Robert and Lori Parker all of Collinsville and Diana Wright of McLeansboro.   The crash happened Nov. 23 of last year on a Hamilton County road called “Thrill Hills”.

Posey County, Indiana commissioners voted Tuesday to accept ownership of the New Harmony Bridge. The Wabash River span has been closed to all traffic since May of 2012.  Posey County officials say they plan to seek funding to conduct a thorough inspection of the bridge with hopes of reopening the structure after repairs are made.

White County Bridge Commission member Jim Clark has tendered his resignation effective this Thursday.  Another member, Mike “Spud” Egbert says he will resign as soon as the bridge is deeded over to Posey County officials.  Once Clark and Egbert resign, the three-man commission, which also includes Dr. David Rice of New Harmony will no longer exist.

Ruby Yoder of Johnsonville reports a significant theft from property she owns. Thieves made off with two chain saws, a concrete saw, a hole saw and a finish nail gun.  No value was listed on the loss.

Fairfield Community High School will host an open house this Friday from 4:30 – 5:30.  Classrooms will be open to the public and parents are encouraged to come and meet the teachers.  At 5 p.m., the FCHS Mulebackers will be selling BBQ sandwiches, chips and a drink for $5.  Meet the Mules will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gym. The fall sports teams will be introduced.

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