Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


December 20, 2012

County Commissioners close out 2012

Greensburg — At their regular meeting Monday morning, the Decatur County Commissioners approved the purchase of a van by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSC) for use as a mobile emergency unit.

The van, currently owned by the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library and used as a mobile bookmobile, will be sold for $1,000.

According to DCSC Lt. Deputy Rob Duckworth, the van will be “repurposed” for around $12,000 into a “mobile emergency unit.”

“We anticipate this unit will last for several years,” Duckworth told the commissioners. “It will give us the ability to provide on-scene support to emergency responders.

According to Duckworth, to date, the library-owned vehicle has been kept indoors, accounting for its excellent condition.

Duckworth admitted, however, that DCSC facilities are inadequate to store the vehicle indoors, and commissioners expressed interest in eventually finding proper storage to extend the vehicle’s life.

Also on Monday, the commissioners agreed to the Decatur County EMS’s plan to re-station two of its older ambulances, with one going to Clarksburg and one to Westport.

The ambulances became available with the recent Commissioner-approved EMS purchase of both a re-mounted and a new ambulance.

DCEMS Director Doug Banks said the two vans going to Clarksburg and Westport have too many miles to be of much value as trade-ins or to sell.

However, Banks added, both vehicles are still dependable enough and in good enough shape to serve as first responders to Clarksburg and Westport. In inclement winter weather, Greensburg ambulances might need an hour or more to reach those areas.

“We think these ambulances are still in plenty good enough shape to potentially save lives,” Banks said, “by being first on scene, providing assistance until Greensburg units arrive.

The Commissioners also recognized Decatur Countian Albert Friend for “outstanding services to the veterans of Decatur County.” Friend is a longtime veterans advocate who currently serves area veterans in several capacities, including as volunteer driver of the county’s free-of-charge van that shuttles veterans back and forth to Indianapolis for VA medical services.

The next regular meeting of the Decatur County Commissioners will be at 8 a.m., Jan. 2, 2013.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.


Text Only
  • Cougar boys win Charger Invitational The South Decatur boys track and field team captured the Charger Invitational win Thursday afternoon at North Decatur. The North track and field program hosted South, Milan, Knightstown, Tri High and Waldron. The South boys scored 141 points, well ah

    April 23, 2014

  • Decatur County Events Calendar Local clubs, service groups, fraternal organizations and others are encouraged to send their Coming Events information to the Daily News at or Daily News, PO Box 106, Greensburg, IN 47240. April 24 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Croche

    April 23, 2014

  • AT A GLANCE... Obituaries: Lawrence E. Schroeder, 94 Edith May Aulbach, 99 Thank you! The Daily News thanks the following subscribers for their continued readership: Jerry Downey-Greensburg Ruth Hamilton-Greensburg decatur county events calendar Local clubs, se

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-community garden Community garden readying for second growing season GREENSBURG - In yet another sign that spring is (finally) here to stay, work has begun on preparing the community garden project on Scoby Street for its sophomore growing season. Begun last year as a combined effort of Rotary International, the Green

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • More jobs: unemployment at 5.7 percent Decatur County's employers added nearly 1,200 jobs in the last year and pushed the local unemployment rate near a post-recession low. The unemployment rate in March was 5.7 percent, down from 8.1 percent a year earlier, according to preliminary data

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-new directions ndhs - pic New Directions presents program at SDHS GREENSBURG -- On Monday afternoon, New Directions Domestic Abuse Services Center presented its Teen Dating Respect Program to the eighth-grade Health class of Kristine Gross at South Decatur Jr./Sr. High School (SDHS). New Directions victim's advocat

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputy stops rolling meth lab after driver speeds, weaves on State Road 3 GREENSBURG -- A speeding and weaving vehicle led a sheriff's deputy to a rolling methamphetamine lab and the arrest of a 31-year-old Greensburg man with prior drug offenses. According to court documents, the initially routine traffic stop Tuesday eve

    April 23, 2014

  • nws-gb042314-kyler rotarian gas - pic NG station opening in Greensburg GREENSBURG -- On July 7, Greensburg will join a growing list of Indiana cities that are installing public natural-gas fueling stations, that will be located near the Honda Manufacturing facility. That station will be built by CNG Fuel, Inc. On Monday

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb042314-earth day photo 1 Students reuse, recycle, clean for Earth Day To celebrate Earth Day, Greensburg Junior High School students picked up trash, repurposed keys by using them in wind chimes, recycled plastic bottles and aluminum cans and built compost piles. Bailey Springmeyer, 11, urged her softball teammates to

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb042214-intimidation mug shot BB gun leads to arrest on felony charge An 18-year-old Greensburg resident has been arrested on suspicion that he used a BB gun to threaten a 14-year-old boy who was on his way home from playing basketball at a church. Jeffrey W. Green, of 234 W. North St., was being held without bond at D

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo