November 19, 2017 Police Blotter111917 Batesville Police Blotter111917 Decarur County EMS Report111917 Decatur County Fire Report111917 Decatur County Jail Report111917 Decatur County Law Report
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 16) – Bill Simpson, a pioneer and innovator in auto racing safety, died Monday in Indianapolis at the age of 79. A former driver himself, Simpson is credited with designing next generation helmets and other safety equipment, as well as the use of Nomex in the manufacture of fireproof racing suits. “It’s difficult to overstate the impact Bill Simpson had on motorsports,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “He was truly a visionary who made racing safer for thousands of competitors, from Saturday night dirt tracks to the super speedways.” The founder of both Simpson Racing Products and Impact Racing, the California native was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2003 in recognition of his many contributions to the sport.
James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks is one of 16 finalists from across Canada in the first Canada’s Favourite Ballpark contest sponsored by Baseball Canada, but the park needs your vote to win. Chosen from over 40 submissions from across the country, the finalists were announced on Jul. 9. Like the annual hockey town competition, the ballpark contest gives the winners prizes along with national exposure for the town. “Community baseball diamonds provide broad opportunities for participation and are strategic settings for promoting and implementing Canadian Sport for Life concepts that Baseball Canada embraces,” said Ray Carter, president of Baseball Canada. “Baseball Canada believes that governments should ensure that community diamonds provide the public active living opportunities for all ages in baseball in the dedicated baseball areas.” The call for entrants went out in early June and past-president of the Grand Forks International (GFI) Gerry Foster took up the challenge. “I really saw it as an opportunity for our community, and secondly good public relations for the GFI,” said Foster. “On the one hand it was something I wanted to do but I shared it with the GFI committee first. So I did it on behalf of the GFI and certainly on behalf of this great community, Grand Forks.” The 16 qualifiers have been divided into four groups. Grand Forks finds itself in division 1 and will be up against Charlottetown PEI, St. Thomas ON and Okotoks AB. The voting for this first group began on Monday, Jul. 11 at 12 p.m. ET and fans and supporters can vote online at baseball.ca. Voting for this first division continues until 10 am ET Monday, Jul. 18. The ballpark with the most votes each week will advance to the semi-final round where again they will be matched-up against another park where voting will determine the two finalists. The final round voting will then determine Canada’s Favourite Ballpark! The judges have made their decision and now it is up to fans and supporters from across the country. Please vote, and vote often, for Grand Forks. Contact your friends and relatives and ask for their support as James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks competes for the title of Canada’s Favourite Ballpark. Our ballpark in Grand Forks will now be showcased on baseball.ca for the week of voting. If Grand Forks gets the most votes it will move on to the semi-finals in a few weeks when another round of voting takes place. So, once again, get onto the site and vote for your favourite ballpark – James Donaldson Park – then watch the results for the next round of voting. The rest of the schedule is as follows: Aug. 8 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 15 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 1 winner vs. Week 2 winner (semi-final #1);Aug. 15 (12 p.m. ET)- Aug. 22 (10 a.m. ET): Voting for Week 3 winner vs. Week 4 winner (semi-final #2);Aug. 22 (12 p.m. ET) – Sept. 6 10 a.m. ET): Voting to determine a winner;Sept. 7 (12 p.m. ET): Canada’s Favourite Ballpark is announced on Baseball.ca.That link again to vote is: www.baseball.ca