Oil leak in East Indianapolis

By: Josh Hanselman Several people spent their day on September 7, 2010, digging up ground with heavy machinery; it had just been contaminated with spilled oil. Prior to that day, a silo of oil in east Indianapolis was found with a large outflow of oil. The silo was later found to have a broken valve, instigating the leak. By the time the flow had stopped, the 170,000 gallon tank had lost 30,000 gallons of oil. To be clear, 30,000 gallons is enough to entirely fill four gas tankers. The proprietor of the silo is Metal…

Student classes mixed

By: Aaron Carpenter The administration of New Palestine High School is carrying out a decision this year to mix the grade-levels of students in the recently constructed 'Freshmen wing.' The administration saw the need to vary the locker location of students. Primarily this intermingling of grade-levels has been aimed at what was the Freshmen wing. The wing now contains students from only the Freshmen and Sophomore classes. "The behavior [in the Freshmen wing] wasn't what we wanted to see," said Principal Kyle Kirby, explaining the reason behind the decision. Kirby made it apparent that the…

Aftermath of Cuts

By: Josh Hanselman As the economy fell and we advanced into a recession last year, school budgets were Mitch Daniels announced that $300 billion would be cut over 18 months in education last year. Of that $300 billion, $1.7 million was cut from the Southern Hancock County School Corporation. For the majority of the second semester, people debated over how the cuts would be made. “We need to utilize our resources at other buildings. We will use staff we do retain as creatively as we can,” NPHS principal Kyle Kirby said, one year ago during…

Grant gives new lab

By: Rebekah Casad New computers arrived in NPHS teacher Jeremy Large's room over the 2010 summer.  There are 30 iMacs, and 30 iPads, a revolution from Macs to PCs. “I like them, but I'm still getting used to them,” said Nikki Taylor, a student in Large's class. Large helped New Palestine High School in receiving a grant from the Enhancing Education Through Technology program by helping another school start their own electronic portfolio program.  The grant money allowed the school to buy a revolution in technology that will change the way students learn. “Enhancing Education…

Massive floods in Pakistan

By: Josh Hanselman Our past decade was marked by several disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake, and the earthquake in Haiti this past year. The effects of the flooding in Pakistan, according to experts, have far exceeded the tolls of these horrific catastrophes combined. Around 14 million people have been affected by the flood, and an estimated 1,600 people have died so far. An estimated 8 million people are now homeless. Large amounts of money have been lost from damage to infrastructure, commercial, and industrial structures. Flooding started in early…

“Spice” ban in Indiana

By: Rebekah Casad The effort to ban “spice” in Indiana has reached Hancock County.  “Spice” is a synthetic marijuana, and is potentially deadly to its users. “Spice” is sold at many convenience and tobacco stores as incense, but is smoked.  None of the substances in “spice” are illegal, but it contains two designer drugs know as synthetic cannabinoids.  “Spice” is said to be 10 times more powerful as marijuana. “Spice” has already been banned in Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and South Korea.  Kansas was the first state in the United States to ban the…

Library plans postponed

By: Rebekah Casad The Sugar Creek Library postponed expansion indefinitely.  The library wanted to start expansion this summer, but was unable to, due to the economy. The libraries expansion would add 5,000 square feet to the existing 7,400 square foot library.  With this extra space, the library would add to its children’s section and create a larger room for programs, presentations, and activities. “The library board felt that this was not the right economic time to be expanding,” Hancock County Public Library Director Dianne Osborne said. “If we have some large programs that attract lots…

News in Brief

By: Aaron Carpenter BP Oil Update The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010 has devastated the coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico. On August 5, 2010 BP successfully sealed the well and stopped the oil leak that was dumping 25,000 barrels of oil into the ocean daily. BP is using technological methods to clean the water but the majority of oil collected was skimmed out of the calm coast waters. According to Susan Shaw of the Marine Environmental Research Institute, roughly 50% of the leaked oil remains submerged in the…

Military cuts $100 billion: Economy vs. Security

The United States plans on cutting over $100 billion in the defense budget. According to Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, the functions that they cut, or are going to cut, are considered “no longer needed.” According to The Christian Science Monitor, “The reasons the defense cuts are being made are: The US [United States] war effort in Iraq is over; President Obama may start pulling out of Afghanistan; NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] allies are moving to slash their military outlays. (Gordon) Adams suspects that before Mr. Obama faces reelection in 2012 he will move…