News for Monday January 1…Happy New Year!


Due to the extreme cold in recent days, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued an executive order that exempts motor carriers and drivers transporting propane from state law restricting their hours of service.

In his order, the Governor says 50,000 Hoosiers depend on propane to heat their home and the demand has increased with the frigid temps.  State Law says that those who transport the fuel are limited to the number of hours they can operate in any given day.  However due the demand of propane and the cold, that law has been suspended through January 10th.


The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Washington Baseball Boosters is coming up at the end of the month.  On Saturday January 27th you can get an all you can eat pancake breakfast at the Washington High School Cafeteria.  It runs that day from 7 to 11-am.   A meeting about the breakfast concerning work schedules and other planning is this Wednesday night at 6pm at the high school cafeteria.

Maria Bedwell, the President of the Washington Baseball Boosters says the pancake breakfast on the 27th is very important to the organizations finances as it funds the entire junior high program.

Tickets are $5 and can be bought from any baseball team member of baseball booster  There’s also raffle tickets available where winners can win a variety of prizes.



Daviess Community Hospital in Washington and Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes continue to implement visitation restrictions in light of heavier than usual flu cases this time of year.

Both hospitals are asking that if you are sick with symptoms including cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea don’t visit the hospital. If you do visit, you may be asked to wear a mask.

There are two influenza viruses circulating, the A (H3N2) virus appears to be dominating with the B virus following close behind.  The A virus usually is more severe.  Also a stomach virus is in the area.

Tips to avoid the flu are:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, school or


  • Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

To get more information about the flu and how you can keep your family healthy, visit


Some in Indiana are celebrating New Years Day by taking a hike.

The DNR is hosting several first day events at state parks across Indiana today including some hiking opportunities.  The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. Hikes are taking place in all 50 states

Hikers are bundling up at Spring Mill and meeting at 9-am this morning at the Spring Mill Inn for a one mile hike through a glade and past a cave.

Up at Turkey Run at 11-am hikers are joining a naturalist on a guided walk to learn about natural and cultural history of Turkey Run.

Over at Brown County State Park they will meet at 11 at the Abe Martin Lodge for a hike around the original State Park property including a walk across their one of kind covered bridge.  There’s also a photographic slideshow featuring early pictures of Brown County State Park.

At Patoka Lake their first day event includes a hike on the Garden Rock Loop Trail starting 1pm today.