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  • Leising Hopes Cursive Writing Becomes Mandatory Again

    first_imgState Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) sponsored a bill that would mandate cursive to be taught in schools.A recent proposal by Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) to bring back cursive writing in schools was approved at the Statehouse.Since 2011, the Indiana Department of Education no longer requires cursive writing in schools in favor of keyboard use.Leising has explored the issue with child psychologists. “The say that children that are not taught cursive, that are not taught to connect letters from left to right, are missing out on cognitive learning and brain development,” Leising said.“That is a learned behavior, we do not automatically know to read from left to right.”Leising has said she is not opposed to keyboard use, but hopes to see each school corporation in Indiana offer cursive. It is up to the individual if they want to use it, she explained.“I make the similarity its probably like learning to ride a bike. After you have been taught cursive, you will know how to do it. Its up to you if you want to use it.Leising has authored similar bills in the past two years that passed by the full Senate but not the in the House.The bill now will go back to the full Senate.last_img read more

  • Girls Area Middle School Basketball Scores

    first_imgWRBI Area Girls Middle School Basketball Scores  (3-6)7th Grade Scores.Batesville  30     Franklin County  24St. Louis  18     Jac-Cen-Del  178th Grade Scores.Batesville  22     Brookville  15St. Louis  41     Jac-Cen-Del  15Submitted by the Coaches.last_img

  • Replacement Of 1935 Bridge Begins Next Week

    first_imgAn 80-year bridge over Clifty Creek in Decatur County will be demolished. (Image: is set to begin next week at the site of a Decatur County bridge built in 1935. The road work will force some local drivers to take a detour until late October.The nearly 80-year old twin arch bridge over Clifty Creek on Old U.S. 421 will soon be demolished and replaced by a new 185-foot-long bridge capable of accommodating two 12-foot lanes with shoulders.Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation estimate the road will be closed for 120 days. The closure is scheduled to begin Monday.Local drivers will see detour signs that route traffic to C.R. 420 West and C.R. 300 N.The $1.5 million project is 80 percent funded by the Federal Highway Administration while Decatur County covers the remaining 20 percent.Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. is the bridge project’s primary contractor.last_img read more

  • Powder Substance At Honda Not Toxic; Production Resumes *Update*

    first_imgUpdate (1:52 p.m.)We’re learning the powdered substance has been tested and police determine it is non-toxic and does not pose as a safety risk.Honda spokesman Anita Sipes says the substance was discovered along with a written note inside the manufacturing facility. State and local authorities were notified immediately.“Because the health and safety of our associates and their families is our highest priority, we stopped production during testing,” Sipes said.The Greensburg plant is working with law enforcement to investigate the criminal nature of the note. Production has resumed at the plant, Sipes added.First Report (12:30 p.m.)GREENSBURG, Ind. – An “unknown substance” was discovered at the Honda Plant in Greensburg Thursday morning.Greensburg Police and state troopers were called after the powder substance was found at the manufacturing plant.Spokesman Anita Sipes said a line had been shut down.Stay tuned to WRBI for any new details in this developing story.last_img read more

  • Twins add Alex Meyer to 40-man roster

    first_imgMeyer graduated from Greensburg High School in 2008.GREENSBURG, Ind. –Alex Meyer is one step closer to pitching in the Major Leagues as the Minnesota Twins added the Greensburg High School grad to the 40-man roster.The local product started 27 games last year for the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings posting a 3.52 ERA.The 40-man roster is composed of players who are signed to a major-league contract and can be called up to the big leagues at any time during the season.The Cincinnati Reds will host the Twins at Great American Ball Park next season from June 29th through July 1st.last_img read more

  • Year-End Games

    first_imgIf you notice that as the NBA and NHL seasons were coming to an end, the teams who already made the playoffs rested their starters.  The problem I have with this is the teams they were playing were in the race for the final playoff spots.  This gives an unfair advantage to certain teams and a disadvantage to those who did not have one of these teams left on their schedule.  This practice kept the Pacers out of the playoffs this year.Another thing that is going on at this time of the year is losing regularly so you get a top draft pick for next year.  Teams like the Knicks and the Timberwolfs seem to be fighting for draft picks rather than trying to win ball games.  In the case of the Buffalo Sabers and Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL, they decided to have a fire sale and remove many of their higher paid players so they could afford to sign free agents or draft picks.I know why teams rest starters when they have already made the playoff, but are these practices ethical when a team like Boston got 2 easy wins when Cleveland rested 4 starters and the Pacers had to play teams still fighting for their playoff berth? Where is fair play?last_img read more

  • Shiners Defeat Eagles To Win Baseball Sectional Title @ SM

    first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores.Wednesday (6-3)Class 1A @ Shawe Memorial.Championship-Rising Sun 6     Jac-Cen-Del 2Baseball Regionals will be on Saturday (6-6).Class 1A @ Morristown.Rising Sun vs. Shakamak.  11 AM.Class 2A @ Providence.Milan vs. South Spencer.  1 PM.Class 3A @ Southridge.South Dearborn vs. Jasper.  1:30 PM.last_img

  • Robert K. Swininger age, 60

    first_imgRobert “Bob” Swininger, 60, of Franklin County, Indiana, lost his battle with cancer at home surrounded by his wife and children on June 22, 2016.He was born March 15, 1956 in Rushville, Indiana, the son of Mildred and the late Lawrence Gabbard.A 1974 graduate of Laurel High School, Robert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1974 until his honorable discharge in 1978. During his enlistment, Robert was a member of the elite Silent Drill Team where he was promoted to the rank of inspector. Following his service, he became a member of the Brookville Police Department. Robert also had worked for Floyd Warner. He became a general contractor and for over thirty years, he owned and operated his own contracting business until he was forced to stop due to illness.He married his high school sweetheart, Victoria Bishop, on July 16, 1978 and enjoyed 38 years with her.Robert was a member of the Bible Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting on the weekends and loved spending time with his family.Survivors besides his wife, Victoria, include a son, Ryan and wife, Katherine (Duffy) Swininger; a daughter, Kristan Cloyd and husband, Travis; his mother, Mildred Gabbard; sisters, Jackie (David) Hornaday, Tara (Brian) Bowling, Vicki (Roger) Johnson, Sharon Holiday and Connie Turner; brothers, Rod Gabbard (Jamie) and Jerry Gabbard; grandchildren, Luke, Isabelle, and Riley Swininger; dear friends, Patrick Heis, Greg Raider and Duane Toney; along with many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Gabbard, his stepfather, Lawrence Gabbard and father, Robert Leon Swininger.A special thank you to Bible Baptist Church for their loving care and support. Also, thank you to Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home for all of the arrangements.Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Bible Baptist Church in Metamora, Indiana and funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the church. Conducting the service will be Pastor Ron McCullough and Mike Metcalf. Robert will be laid to rest with military honors at Laurel North Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to the Bible Baptist Church.Friends may also visit anytime online at millermosterrobbins.comlast_img read more

  • Area Boys Sectional Finals Scores (5-29)

    first_imgArea Boys Sectional Finals Scores.Monday  (5-29)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South Dearborn.Lawrenceburg  1     Rushville  0Batesville  17     South Dearborn  12Championship.Lawrenceburg  7     Batesville  6Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Austin.Austin  4     South Ripley  2Milan  5     Switz. County  4Championship.Austin  2     Milan  0Class1A-Sectional 60 @ Shawe Memorial.Rising Sun  4     Hauser  0South Decatur  5     Jac-Cen-Del  1Championship.Rising Sun  9     South Decatur  4Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Columbus North  11     Bloomington South  1last_img read more

  • INDOT announces U.S. 421 closure near Napoleon

    first_img????????????????????????????????????Napoleon, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced plans to close U.S. 421 between Greensburg and Napoleon for 14 days beginning Thursday, September 7. Contractors will remove the existing structure and replace it with a 20 x 14-foot 3-sided concrete structure.The closure is part of a $1.7 million project that includes bridges over Laughery Creek north of Napoleon and Sand Creek south of Greensburg.last_img