On Friday, Nov. 19 the town of Lynnville celebrated a major moment for the residents of the area, especially their middle and high school students: the Tecumseh Trail was opened. Tecumseh Trail is a foot and bike path that runs from Tecumseh Junior Senior High School to Lynnville Park, the Museum of the Coal Industry and the town of Lynnville itself.
A trail connecting Lynnville to the school and its other adjacent attractions has been discussed for years according to Steve Roelle, the executive director of Success Warrick County and a board member of Warrick Trails, the organization that helped push along this project. “I think it has been a concept in Lynnville for years. A little further back there was a Warrick County teacher that was killed and we saw so many kids walking or biking down highway 68 every day. It was dangerous for kids to walk on and we wanted to make things safer for them. Then Warrick Trials came along six or seven years ago and started building trails. It checked all of the boxes for what we like to do and the county helped start things off but the community of Lynnville made it happen in the end,” said Roelle.
The ribbon cutting for the trial was held at Lynnville Park on the trail at 10:30 AM. Many representatives of various organization who contributed to the trail’s completion spoke during the ceremony, including the aforementioned Steve Roelle as well as Chrissy Ash, the head of the Tecumseh Trail Committee, Stacy Tevault of the Lynnville town council, Tim Long, Principal of Tecumseh Middle School and Mike Smith, the Chief of Staff of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
According to Smith, the DNR, as part of their Next Level Trails project has given $35 million to 55 trails across the state, with Tecumseh Trail being the newest of these projects. Roelle described the process that they underwent to finally build the trail and the timeframe it occupied, “We got the green light and we started before last winter, but we had to stop during the dead of winter before picking work back up in the spring. It was a labor of love by us, the people in Lynnville and the project partners and volunteers. It was originally intended to be done in about 18 months but took three years. I’m glad we worked together and got it done.”
In total the county was able to provide $300 thousand in grant money for the trail while the Next Level Trails grant covered an additional $400 thousand. Next level trails gives out grants for trails that connect towns, schools, parks and other attractions to one another to help better connect communities. As the leaves turn and the weather cools off, the new Tecumseh Trail will be an excellent place to enjoy beautiful fall weather.
Scales Lake Park in Boonville was more lively than the average November night on Thursday, November 18 when it played host to the Alan Payne benefit concert. The show, which featured several local acts to entertain its guests, was held in order to raise money for Alan Payne, a young man from the area who has been diagnosed with GNE Myopathy.
Alan was diagnosed in 2018 when he was 18 years old, and as the condition progresses he will lose muscle mass in his legs until eventually he will need assistance walking. The goal of this fundraiser was to raise money for a C Brace, an advanced piece of medical technology that would allow Alan to walk while he wears it. The brace is very expensive and not covered by insurance, so the family is holding several fundraising events in order to pay for the brace. The brace contains a microprocessor that will move Alan’s lane for him, which is a major contributor to its high cost.
According to April Gammon, who organized the event, the idea for a concert came from a friend who had done something similar. “One of my coworkers had a friend with terminal cancer and they wanted to set up a benefit concert for her. They suggested we try the same thing as a way to raise money for Alan,” Gammon said of her inspiration for the event.
The artists featured were DJ Luke Bartnick and Josh Merritt. Barnick performed from 5 PM to 6 PM while Merritt performed from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The acts were all found by Gammon, who said, “I got into contact with Josh through my father who knows him from working together, I work with Luke Bartnick’s mother, so I was able to get ahold of him through her.”
In addition to live music the concert featured a silent auction for various items including gift cards and baskets that contained assorted items such as soaps and lotions or cocktail mixing sets, with all proceeds going towards the fundraising goals for Alan. The food trucks present were Let’s get Fried and Sweet Dreams a La Mode.
While this concert was a major help in the fundraising efforts for Alan Payne’s C Brace, he will still need much more to be able to afford it. Alan is planning an event at Lamasco’s Bar in Evansville in January that will also raise funds for his brace. More details on that event will be available at a later date.
Warrick County will now be serviced by a new countywide alert system being implemented by the sheriff’s department.
According to a press release by Sheriff Michael Wilder, the new alert system will allow the emergency services within the county to easily reach residents and inform them of any situations that may be of public concern, as well as give them instructions when needed.
The system, called CodeRED, is a free web based alert tool that will only message users when an authorized message is sent out by county emergency services. Warrick County residents are advised to create an account to more easily receive their notifications from the service.
To do so they can go to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/D36CA7D2B296 and fill in the required information to create a new account. Once an account is created users will be able to receive both email and text based notification regarding developing situations in the county.
The notification system is very precise, and allows the department to send notifications to users within a single area as well as the entire county if the situation is appropriate, meaning users may not necessarily give every notification if it is not pertinent to them and will prevent users from feeling like they are getting frivolous spam messages.
A CodeRED message will have the caller ID number 866-419-5000 for emergencies and 855- 969-4636 for non-emergencies. Residents are encouraged to create a contact on their phone for these numbers so that they remember these texts are important. If one wishes to hear a message sent out again they may dial the number to do so.
Users are suggested to register at least one phone number with the service, but they may add as many as they like if a backup number is desired. “CodeRED is not only a useful emergency services tool, it’s a way residents can have peace of mind knowing they will be alerted when a situation occurs,” said Sheriff Wilder.