Batesville City Council held its regular monthly meeting at the Memorial Building on Monday. City officials discussed a variety of topics including a recycling center, a summer concert, and the proposed shell building.During the Board of Works meeting, a presentation was held by Aaron Bell, executive director of the Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD).Bell introduced a proposed recycling center that would be located near the Batesville Street Department Building. If the center is approved, the curbside recycling program will continue as SEIRD would be responsible for hazardous household waste and other items that are generally taken to recycling centers in Brookville and Osgood.Bell said the recycling center would be a benefit for folks that live both in the city limits and outside of Batesville.Mayor Rick Fledderman said of the proposal, “I have been working for several years to get a recycling center closer to Batesville. To find a location that is a good mix with surrounding areas while keeping the goal of a recycling center.”City officials would like to fund the recycling center through grants and possibly Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.The building would be owned by the city while SEIRD would cover maintenance and daily operations, including an employee onsite during business hours.Bell added that the recycling center would not be a place to dispose trash. City council members are considering the proposed recycling center.Late summer concert in Batesville:Rural Alliance for the Arts (RAA) members will gather more information regarding the concert which will feature country artist John Michael Montgomery at the Batesville Ballplex on September 13.RAA Vice President Regina Siefert requested $15,000 of Belterra funding for the concert Monday evening. Council did not approve the funding as they would like to receive budget information and security plans before making a decision.Spring carnival:The Batesville Kiwanis received permission to block off a section of downtown for the annual spring carnival. The popular event among area schoolchildren will be held Tuesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.A new carnival company will provide the entertainment with an estimated six to eight rides.
Football legend Pele was rushed to the hospital after suffering stomach pains.The 74-year-old had to cancel a book signing at a museum in Santos, Brazil, yesterday.One of his aides said he expects the Brazilian great to be released from São Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital later today.Jose Fornos Rodrigues said: “He made some tests and will be discharged.“Everything is fine.”The event at the museum was to honour the footballer’s glittering career and will be rescheduled. Pele, who was named Football Player of the Century by the governing body FIFA, helped Brazil win the World Cup three times.The former Santos striker, who scored over 1,000 career goals, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
A Guyanese woman and her 10-year-old daughter were on Tuesday last found dead in their apartment in Nieuw Amsterdam, a village in District Commewijne, Suriname.The duo hailed from Sparta Village, Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Dead are 37-year-old Leelawattie Sookhoo and her daughter, Tisha Ahiram. According to reports, the discovery was made on May 24 after Police in Suriname received a report that the woman’s boyfriend who was supposed to be at work did not show up.When the Police arrived at the house to check for the man, they found that the front door of the building was locked with a padlock and thought that something was amiss.They subsequently broke the padlock and entered only to find the woman lying on the ground with a cord around her neck, while the child was on the bed in a semi nude state.Surinamese law enforcement officers have launched an investigation into the double homicide.The house in which the mother and daughter were found deadGuyana Times understands that the area where the woman lived with her children is known as a fishing area where many Guyanese reside. Nandranie Ahiram, a former mother-in-law of the dead woman, told Guyana Times that they received the dreadful news on Tuesday morning.She noted that the now dead woman was married to her son, but they separated a few years ago after she befriended the man she lived with up to the time of her demise.The former mother-in-law added that the mother of five returned to Guyana last December with her daughter, but despite the fact that one of her four sons begged her to reconcile the relationship with his father, she refused. She went back in January with her daughter, but her four sons remained with their father. She has no other relatives in Suriname, the former mother-in-law related.She noted that her son was devastated by the death of his 10-year-old daughter. Arrangements are being made for a member of the family to travel to Suriname to attend the funeral. (Bhisham Mohamed)