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Head-on crash claims 2 lives

Saturday September 30 just before 9:00 p.m. a head on crash on State Road 129 near the Mud Pike area, claimed the life of two people in separate vehicles, according to the Indiana State Police.

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The carnage of the two-vehicle crash that left two people dead is shown above. Police and rescue workers converged on the scene on State Road 129 Saturday night. The red car was driven by Amanda L. Shadday, who was killed when she crossed the centerline hitting the other car head on, killing a passenger in that car.

A 2004 red Nissan passenger car was being driven by Amanda L. Shadday, 34, Batesville, when she crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound black 2009 Toyota Camry. The Camry was being driven by Tracy Lipps, 61, Osgood. The vehicle struck head on in the southbound lane of the roadway instantly killing Shadday and a passenger in the Lipps’ vehicle, Ralph Lawson, 64, Virginia. Lipps was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment.

The initial investigation was by Trooper Andrew Garrett, ISP Versailles District Crash Reconstruction Team. He was assisted at the scene by other officers from the Versailles Post, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Ripley County EMS, Delaware Fire Department, Osgood Fire Department and the Ripley County Coroner’s Office.

Police say the investigation is ongoing with toxicology results pending.

Safe Passage grateful for support
Grants fund new vehicle for Safe Passage

“We are deeply grateful for this support from our six-county district.” MARY MATTINGLY, COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Thanks to several area grants and donations, Safe Passage recently purchased a 2017 Ford Focus hatchback from Jim True Ford in Brookville to provide agency services. Safe Passage, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit agency and the sole provider of domestic violence victim services and shelter for six counties, Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland, and Jefferson counties.

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Safe Passage was recently awarded several grants to purchase a vehicle to provide agency services. Pictured from left Safe Passage Prevention team member Morgan Tedesco; Jane Yorn, Executive Director; Bridgitte Taylor, also with Prevention; Mel Jobst, Administrative Asst.; and Lindsay Polly, Prevention team member, show their gratitude to the Dearborn Community Foundation, Rising Sun Regional Foundation, Decatur Co. REMC for grant awards, and to the Batesville Eagles for a generous donation for the purchase of the car.

he Dearborn Community Foundation provided $10,770 through the City of Lawrenceburg Community Grant Program, Rising Sun Regional, (2nd quarter grants) $5,000, and Decatur County REMC (Operation Roundup), $2,000. The Batesville Eagles also learned of the need and donated $2,000 toward the vehicle and transportation needs. “We were careful to not burden one of the six counties we serve more than another, since all of our clients and staff need and use the vehicle. We applied for grants throughout the district. We are deeply grateful for this support from our six-county district,” said Mary Mattingly, Community Outreach Director.

The vehicle will help reduce operating costs for the nonprofit by decreasing the need for mileage reimbursement to staff. Although Safe Passage has a 2011 minivan and a leased vehicle with restricted mileage, another vehicle was much needed to transport clients to various meetings be it court hearings, job interviews or housing applications. The vehicles were often double-booked. The six-county area covers 1,900 square miles, and mass transit is practically non-existent for the area. Many of these victims flee with just the clothes on their back so transportation is crucial to help get their life back on track.

“We have had to rely on police sometimes to transport victims, and when they too have limited staff at odd hours, it can become a challenge to get the victim to safety quickly,” said Jane Yorn, Executive Director of Safe Passage.

This grant support actually helps make for a safer community for all residents. “These grant awards and donations shows once again how southeast Indiana takes care of all of their residents,” Mattingly added.

The mission of Safe Passage is to provide intervention services to victims of domestic violence that facilitate healing, independence and empowerment, and to provide prevention and education programs that promote a safe, nurturing environment for the communities we serve. Since 1997, Safe Passage has helped over 10,000 victims and their children of domestic violence. The numbers continue to increase. All services are free and confidential.
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Americans don’t get enough nutrients; here’s a solution

By Steve Mister

Nearly nine in ten Americans don’t get enough vitamins and minerals. Many nutritionists think this is a simple dietary challenge. Americans just need to eat more fresh produce, lean protein, and whole grains. That’s easier said than done. Many people, particularly the poor, live in communities that lack healthy food options. And the economics don’t help. Nutrient-rich foods tend to be expensive, while calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods tend to be cheap.
Fortunately, solving America’s dietary shortfalls is possible with the help of nutritional supplements like daily multivitamins. They’re no substitute for healthy eating, but they’re a realistic way to plug the gaps in our diets.

Many Americans living in remote rural areas, or inner cities without supermarkets, struggle to access fresh, healthy foods. In Minneapolis, nearly four in ten corner stores don’t sell fresh produce. For most Detroit residents, the nearest grocery store is twice as far as the closest fast-food joint. Half a million Houstonians live in neighborhoods so far from grocery stores they’re called “food deserts.”

Even Americans with access to healthy foods fail to get enough of the nearly three dozen nutrients for which the federal government has established recommended daily intakes. Vitamins A and D, magnesium, fiber and choline are among the shortfall nutrients in our diets. Getting nutrients from food alone is difficult. Consuming the government-recommended 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day would take over 10 cups of cooked kale -- or more than 7 cups of cottage cheese. Meeting advised daily Vitamin D levels would necessitate chowing down nearly a dozen eggs or over 4 pounds of Swiss cheese. Folks would need to eat over three cups of black-eyed peas or nearly six cups of cooked broccoli to reach the recommended amount of folic acid.
Those deficiencies can lead to serious health problems. A lack of Vitamin A can leave people more prone to infections and eye problems. Vitamin D deficiencies can contribute to osteoporosis, depression, and cancer. A person who doesn’t get enough magnesium may develop high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Given these risks, it’s no wonder that nutritionists urge people to eat nutrient-rich foods like quinoa, chia seeds, oysters, almonds, and black-eyed peas.
But this isn’t practical. The foods richest in nutrients are also some of the priciest. Quinoa, for example, costs $6 per pound. That’s tough to justify when a bag of rice costs one-tenth as much. A small pack of chia seeds runs $10.

It’s unrealistic to think that the 43 million Americans living in poverty would be able to afford these luxuries. It’s certainly possible for people to get all of the nutrients they need from healthy eating. But for those who struggle to maintain a perfect diet, multivitamins can help fill in the gaps for about a dime a day.
Research confirms that people who take multivitamins are healthier. One study tracked nearly 15,000 older men for over a decade. Those who took a multivitamin daily were less likely to develop cancer than those who did not. Another study discovered that women who took a multivitamin for at least three years were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.

It would be wonderful if everyone had the time, money, and opportunity to eat a healthy diet daily. But until that day arrives, folks can help protect their health with a proven way to fill nutritional gaps -- a multivitamin.

Steve Mister is the president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry.

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