Update (June 18 @ 9:00 a.m.)We’re learning more information about the teenager injured in the autmobile accident on S.R. 1 Tuesday.According to a family member, Thomas Hertel is 18-years-old and a recent graduate of Batesville High School.Our initial report stated that he was 16. His current condition has not been released.First Report ( June 17 @ 11:16 p.m.)A Batesville teen was injured after a two vehicle accident involving a semi on S.R. 1 in Dearborn County Tuesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.Thomas Hertel, 18, of Batesville, was traveling south in a 2005 Toyota Corolla on the state road just north of York Ridge Road when his vehicle went left of center.His vehicle struck a 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Anthony Maggard, 41, of Greenup, Ky.Crash investigators say Hertel suffered facial injuries and possibly broken bones and was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital.Maggard complained of shoulder pain but refused treatment at the scene.The Indiana State Police say the accident remains under investigation.
ECVB traveled to Connersville last night for a conference match-up. EC won 25-19, 25-12 & 12-11. We started slow and were playing just good enough to win in set one. Set two started slow, but they finally found their groove and didn’t let up from that point forward. It started with stronger, more precise serving and from there we were able to run our offense behind a strong backcourt led by Alex Disbro. Varsity is now 14-6 on the season and 6-0 in the EIAC. Next up: Muncie Central Invite on Saturday.East Cental vs Connersville 9-26-19Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.ECVB JV vs. Connersville Lady Spartans winning 25-15 25-8. In tonight’s victory over the Lady Spartans, ECVB was able to capture a victory and begin the uphill battle once again to continuous victories. I am proud of their effort in tonight’s match for it seemed a lot more heartfelt and purposeful in more times than not. Before the match even began we talked about playing for an opportunity. In other words, we wanted to perform so well that opportunity was available for some of the Freshmen who don’t always get the chance during the JV game. The girls were able to do so, therefore, I am happy to say everyone saw the court tonight. We have a win back under our belt, now it is time to continue that streak and continue to prepare for EIAC tournament time. ECVB JV is 12-7 on the season and 6-1 in the EIAC. Next up, ECVB is at Springboro, OH on Oct 3rd starting at 5:30. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.
Students on campus voiced their opinions on United States Supreme Court oral arguments regarding California Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage, and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.A recent ABC News-Washington Post poll reported that 58 percent of Americans support the legalization of same-sex marriage and that more than 81 percent of American adults under the age of 30 support same-sex marriage.David Cruz, a professor of law at the Gould School of Law, attended the hearings in Washington, D.C. this week as a member of the Supreme Court Bar. He said the youngest generation of voters is more supportive of same-sex marriage because of more frequent portrayals of homosexuality in the media and the greater number of openly gay Americans.“Familiarity breeds comfort,” Cruz said. “More people who are young now grew up being aware of gay people and knowing gay people. [Also], greater visibility in media, whether in news or popular entertainment, contributes to a social climate where there’s less prejudice towards LGBT people.”Cruz said that the same-sex marriage debate is different from other social issues in the United States’ past and points to the Washington, D.C. hearings as a pivotal moment in our history.“The Supreme Court has never decided just how skeptical courts should be when government discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation and has never decided how protective the courts should be against anti-gay discrimination,” Cruz said. “So, there are a lot of open issues here.”Cruz said the Supreme Court’s decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA will particularly affect USC students moving into the future.“Often, people meet the person that they fall in love with and want to marry in college,” Cruz said. “If the court agrees that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, then that option, which same-sex couples don’t currently have in California, would be restored.”Vincent Vigil, director of the LGBT Resource Center at USC, was on campus when Prop 8 passed in 2008, banning same-sex marriage in California.“[Many USC students] were shocked because they believed that everyone was very supportive of gay and bisexual people,” Vigil said. “But when you step outside the gates of USC, there are people that hate you because you’re gay.”Some students are aware of the many possible outcomes that the case can take and hope the Supreme Court will make changes to current policies.“I am for gay marriage to be legalized,” said Samantha Close, a first-year doctorate student in communication. “Although it sounds like the Supreme Court is more likely to throw out the case due to lack of standing rather than rule on it, which I think is sad since they took all the time to hear it.”Giuseppe Robalino, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he is against the legalization of same-sex marriage but thinks civil unions should be equal legally.“The law needs to be fully representative of the population as a whole, and you’re not doing that when you are trying to redefine marriage as it has already been defined in federal code,” Robalino said. “We need to step back and realize that there are two sides to the story and both should be represented. What we do not have room for is hatred on both sides.”To Lisa O’Kane, a first-year student in the pre-medical post-baccalaureate program, the Court’s decision will have a lasting personal impact.“I’m gay, and I’d like to get married someday,” O’Kane said. “I think DOMA and Proposition 8 are important cases that need to be heard and reheard. If [the Supreme Court] hears them and goes along with the Constitution, it’ll be a very big day for everyone in America, gay or straight. “The Supreme Court is not expected to make a ruling on either issue until June.