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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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  • Coal Fest queen named, kicking off week of events

    Coal Fest queen named, kicking off week of events


    By: Times staff

    This weekend, everything will be focused on Dugger as it hosts its annual Coal Festival.The festival got an early start, with Kiertsen Huff being crowned the 2014 Dugger Coal Festival Queen on Sunday. Other contestants included first runner-up McKayla Ellis, second runner-up Katie Knowles and princess Kaitlyn Tennant, as well as the junior king Westin Smith and junior queen Abby Sandusky.However, Saturday is the main event — homecoming for Dugger Union Community School.This year’s...

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  • Probable cause affidavit: Linton man raped, impregnated minor in 1997

    Probable cause affidavit: Linton man raped, impregnated minor in 1997


    By: Harold Bosstick

    A Linton man stands accused of raping and twice impregnating his former step-daughter over the last 17 years.William Thomas LaBaume, 54, was locally charged with child molesting, a Class A felony, and rape, a Level B felony, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Sullivan Superior Court on Monday.Also Monday, he was charged with three counts of rape — two as Class B felonies and one as a Class A felony — in Greene County, according to documents filed in Greene Circuit Co...

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  • Sullivan County third-worst in state unemployment rankings in August

    Sullivan County third-worst in state unemployment rankings in August


    By: Dennis Clark

    Sullivan County dropped slightly, from No. 1 in July to No. 3 in August, its non-seasonably adjusted unemployment rate, according to preliminary figures released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Monday.The county’s rate came in at 7.4 percent, down half a percentage point.Lake County moved up to claim the No. 1-worst spot at 7.7 percent, with Fayette second at 7.4.Sullivan County most recently topped the state rankings in Aug. 2013 (10.7 percent) and at 7.9 percent in...

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  • Four Rivers support group to discuss financial planning

    Four Rivers support group to discuss financial planning


    By: Times staff

    Four Rivers Resource Services is offering an educational opportunity on financial planning for individuals with disabilities for its support group at 6 p.m. tonight.The Family and Guardian Support Group meeting features Melissa Justice, Director of The Arc Master Trust for The Arc of Indiana, as the key speaker.She will be talking about what a trust is, who needs one and specifically, The Arc Master Trust I and II. This meeting will be an informative session on long term financial planning fo...

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  • Arrows serve Linton a loss

    Arrows serve Linton a loss


    By: Aaron Kennedy

    The Sullivan High School boys tennis team completed its second consecutive sweep of an opponent, defeating the Linton-Stockton Miners in all five varsity matches Monday at Sullivan.“We had a good day,” Sullivan head coach Jeff Lookebill said. “Almost all the matches started well.”The most lopsided win of the day was at No. 1 doubles, where the Sullivan team of Solomon Ficklin and Garrett Hornback beat Alex Wilson and Zach Hall 6-0, 6-0.“The doubles teams got off...

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  • County to receive over $50,000 in FEMA dollars in 30-45 days

    County to receive over $50,000 in FEMA dollars in 30-45 days


    By: Dennis Clark

    Just over $50,000 in federal grants will be awarded to Sullivan County within 30 to 45 days to help alleviate damages, debris removal and other expenses caused by last January’s severe snowstorm.“It was a pretty good process … been a long process,” Sullivan County Emergency Management Director Jim Pirtle said. “We stayed persistent, and, sometimes, it pays off.”According to Pirtle, Sullivan County — which includes its highway department and EMA &mdas...

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  • Linton man arrested for child molestation, rape

    Linton man arrested for child molestation, rape


    By: Times staff report

    A Linton man was arrested this weekend on a Sullivan County warrant charging him with child molestation.William Thomas LaBaume, 54, was arrested at 3 p.m. Saturday by a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department staff member, who transferred him to the Sullivan City-County Correctional Facility from Greene County Jail, local authorities confirmed.The warrant lists charges of child molestation and rape, but attempts to obtain an incident report for further details on the case were unsuccessful...

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