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Local handyman helps rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

Jared Rogers

“It started with an 81-year old man from French Lick, Don Bowman, who was talking to Preacher Mike Davis from the Oolitic Church of Christ nearby. They rounded up six people to go down to Houston, but then the plans fell apart. That’s when I got a call asking for help.” said Bill Craddock, who is in his eighth year of serving as maintenance director for Jac-Cen-Del schools, and knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lend a hand. Upon receiving the call, he quickly requested a week-long leave of absence from work, and drove to Dickinson, TX, a city on the southeast side of the Houston Metropolitan Area, less than 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Randy Ratliff, Chuck Blair, Don Bowman, Tom Scott, Bill Craddock, and A.G. Wentzel pulled together to help Scott rebuild his home after it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

They headed to the destroyed home of Tom Scott, who Craddock says, “Is a good man. He’s been good to others, but now he is retired, cares for his grandchildren, and didn’t have the resources to rebuild.” Craddock joined a “senior” crew of seven other men who learned about Scott’s need from a Church of Christ near the disaster area. The work crew aged from 61-81, but, “Everyone could help out in some way,” Craddock assures.

Scott woke up in the middle of the night as Hurricane Harvey made landfall, because his granddaughter was hollering for him. He slid his feet out of bed and into a foot-deep pool of water that was flooding the house. Immediately, he knew he needed to cut power to the house to avoid a possible electrical emergency. Unfortunately, cutting off power meant losing connection to the outside world. Scott and his family, which includes a special needs daughter and two grandchildren, rode out the storm which eventually dumped 32 inches of water into the home.

The home was built in the 1970’s, and since that time, Houston has expanded into a “concrete jungle” as Craddock says. “Concrete doesn’t absorb water, so it just runs into low areas.” In this case, the water from the surrounding developments ran into the aging and economically depressed suburb where Scott lived.

“The first thing we did was secure the home,” Craddock shares. This included installing new steel-framed garage doors, and front and back doors. Once that was complete, the crew went on to tear out the walls and two ceilings in the home to prevent the growth of mold. They reinstalled new insulation, cabinets, and a bathtub.

Another member of the crew, A.G. Wentzel, “took the reigns,” over the operation, Craddock says. Wentzel helped facilitate contractors to perform roofing, electrical, and plumbing work, and is still onsite to see the project finish.

Craddock and Bowman worked at the site from September 24 - October 1. As they prepared to leave, two men from Lexington, KY, arrived to install new drywall. “We went in with the idea of rebuilding this house to a quality that we would want to live in,” Craddock says. Fortunately, the local Home Depot received continual shipments of supplies that allowed them to complete the work. The new roof is being installed at the time of this writing, completed for free by a generous local contractor.

Disasters such as Hurricane Harvey seem to bring out both the good and bad in people, Craddock reflects. Whereas several contractors in the area performed generous deeds, like the roofer for Tom Scott, others take advantage of the situation. Before Craddock and his crew arrived, a plumber overcharged Scott several thousand dollars to install new lines in the home. To complete the plumbing work up to local code, the volunteer crew found a different plumber who hooked up the water heater in the house for free.

The Houston area, and other disaster-stricken areas in the U.S., are still in need of helping hands. Craddock hopes his experience will serve as an inspiration for others to act. He advises others to be careful in choosing how to help those affected. He recommends making sure that monetary donations go primarily into the hands of those in need, rather than having them be swallowed up by exorbitant administrative costs, as is the case with some relief organizations. “There are still opportunities to go to these places and help,” he says, adding, “Try to find a way that your resources will help directly.”

When asked about any reservations he had about the trip, Craddock shakes his head. “I’ve always, in loving God and loving my fellow man, tried to help where I can help.” Whether locally or afar, those words will surely stir the hearts of others looking to serve.

Breast care program designed to make life easier

Regardless of where your journey begins, the Breast Care Program at King’s Daughters’ Health is designed to make your path a little smoother. The Breast Care Program begins with Breast Care Navigators - who guide you through the process, answer questions, and make sure you understand every step along the way. Learn more about the program at

Breast Care Navigators
Breast Care Navigators guide you through what can seem like a complicated process. Navigators talk with you during every step of your breast health journey. They ensure that your appointments are scheduled on time, that you have the information you need, and that everyone on your team is updated and informed from start to finish.

Breast Care Navigator: 812-801-8080

Breast Care Navigators at KDHWhat the Breast Care Program includes:
Screening Mammograms - may be schedule when it’s convenient for you, thanks to flexible appointment options that include evenings. Talk to your women’s health provider or family physician regarding the appropriate screening guidelines related to your personal and family health history. To schedule a screening mammogram, call 812-801-0440 or 812-801-0686.

Diagnostic Mammograms - these exams are scheduled by your provider and usually follow a screening mammogram or a clinical exam by your provider. Diagnostic mammograms provide your physician additional images to review. Most diagnostic mammograms will be scheduled within 24-48 hours.

Breast Ultrasound - much like a diagnostic mammogram, a breast ultrasound is most often scheduled by your provider as a follow-up exam. Using sound waves to create highly detailed images, a breast ultrasound provides radiologists an opportunity to examine breast concerns more closely. A qualified physician will decide whether a breast ultrasound or diagnostic mammogram is most appropriate for you. Most breast ultrasound exams will be scheduled within 24-48 hours.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy – it can be scary to learn that you need a breast biopsy. Staying close to home in a friendly, familiar environment is a great benefit. A stereotactic breast biopsy utilizes equipment that yields a precise needle placement for biopsy extraction of the affected tissue. Breast tissue is numbed prior to placement of the needle. Following this minimally invasive procedure, patients recover at the hospital and then leave with no restrictions.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy - ultrasound guided breast biopsies use ultrasound imagery to guide the biopsy process. A biopsy allows physicians to obtain a sample of the affected tissue for further analysis.

Breast Needle Localizations - when a needle is placed into the affected breast tissue and then retrieved during an outpatient surgical procedure. Needles may be placed using ultrasound or through traditional mammography.

Breast Surgery - options will be thoroughly discussed with each patient prior to scheduling. Patient input is an important part of the process. We want to provide you the best care for your unique situation.

Breast Reconstruction - provided by Dr. Edward Kubek, a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kubek works with each woman individually to develop a plan that’s right for her. Breast reconstruction is also available for women who may have had breast surgery years ago, and who would like to regain a more natural appearance. For additional information, contact Dr. Edward Kubek’s office at 812-801-0840.

Breast Cancer Care - patients referred to the Cancer Treatment Center will meet with a personal Cancer Care Navigator. The Cancer Care Navigator discusses next steps, schedules appointments with oncology physicians, schedules any additional tests, and answers any questions. They guide you along your journey. Contact one of our Cancer Care Navigators at 812-801-0603.

Women’s Health Providers
To schedule an appointment with one of our Women’s Health Providers, call 812-801-0856. We have a team of exceptional physicians and providers who work with you to build and maintain good health. New patients are always welcome. Offices are located at the Main Campus Medical Building in Madison.

Versailles board continues to make improvements

Wanda English Burnett

At the regular meeting of the Versailles Town Board Oct. 10 there was discussion about several grants the Town has received and what the plans are for those grants. They are now in the process of a stormwater project. Bryce Anderson, Midwest Engineering, was in attendance and gave an update on the project. He noted the project was going well and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. He requested partial payment of $80,625. He noted that asphalt will be next, with the grass to complete the project. In the end, it will come close to the $470,000 grant the town received.

Roxanne Meyer and Tony McClellanJARED ROGERS PHOTO
Pictured left, Roxanne Meyer, left received $181,753 for the town of Versailles fromTony McClellan, deputy director from the Seymour District of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Discussion was had on obtaining more grant money from State grants that will take care of needed paving of the streets. The Board discussed working with the County on the Washington Street project. They were also going to check on prices for curbing, and discussed options for needed sidewalks.

Kevin Hensley, town maintenance supervisor, has been working closely with the parks and infrastructure work that is being done. He noted the fire hydrants have nearly all been painted and an oil leak on the truck was being repaired.

Town officials continue to look for ways to improve the town and reported receiving a $28,000 grant from Rising Sun Regional Foundation. The Friends of the Pangburn Park received a $2,500 grant from the REMC Round-up program, which they will use for picnic tables at the park.

Member Matt McNew reported he had secured four scoreboards for the Sports Complex from North Vernon Parks and Recreation at no charge. Last month he noted that the Versailles Kiwanis Club donated funds for benches at the soccer fields and other needed park equipment. He noted that the baseball tournaments are over for the season and maintenance on the field will take place a final time before winter.

Fire Chief Ben Sieverding reported they were at 413 calls at the end of September this year, just one call shy of the entire year for 2016. He noted the department will be hosting a full scale county wide exercise and had talked with 450 pre-schoolers and kindergarten children about fire safety this month.
Town Judge Cheryl Richmond presented reports to the town from her office. She noted she was getting several tickets from the work zone on I-74 and online payments had slowed the foot traffic in her office. She has trials set for October 30 and reported she will be attending a conference.

Marshal Joe Mann presented the police department’s report. He noted that he is keeping in touch with some of the properties that have ordinance violations. He also reported there have been a lot of stray cat complaints.

The 2018 Budget for the town was approved.

Trick-or-Treat night has been set by the Versailles American Legion for October 31 from 5-7 with the parade following. Motorists are asked to be aware of the little ones gathering goodies on that night.

Roxanne Meyer, president of the meeting, closed the meeting before 8 p.m. The next regular meeting of the Board will be held November14 at 7 p.m. at the town hall building.

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