Powerline project is approved with stipulationsThe state’s Public Service Board has approved Vermont Electric Power Co.s proposed $130 million Northwest Reliability Project. The project will include the construction of over 64 miles of new and larger powerlines, spanning from West Rutland to New Haven, and along the western edge of the state to South Burlington.The board has required that VELCO make some changes to this route, asking that they bury the powerlines for 1.4 miles through Shelbourne, despite the additional $3.4 million it will likely cost the company. Many people are worried about scenery blockage and the impact these new structures will have on their businesses.
Versailles, In. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office “Mums for Education Program” is in full bloom.The mums were grown by the female Ripley County Jail inmates in order to fund the scholarship program. The scholarships are given to Ripley County students who are pursuing a career in the criminal justice field.The mums come in a variety of colors and can be purchased at the Sheriff’s Office for $5.00 each. Sheriff’s Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has opened four drive-thru testing clinics for healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers who have symptoms of COVID-19 in the state. Those locations are in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, and Sellersburg. No word if or when a site would open in the Southeastern Indiana region. Data for the state show that the highest age group of people testing positive for COVID-19 is 50-59 years-old at 20.2%. The 30-39 years-old category is second for positive cases at 13.6%. Data shows that the largest age group experiencing death from the virus is the 80 and older age group with 38.2% and 70-79 years-old category with 29.7% is second. To see daily updates at noon, click here.