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Osgood loses giving citizen: Vickie Holliday

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Pictured left, Vickie Denise “DeDee” Holliday, known to many as a ‘champion of animals’

The Town of Osgood lost one of its greatest cheerleaders, Vickie Denise “DeDee” Holliday, 68, who passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at her home in Osgood. She was born in Batesville on August 16, 1949, the daughter of the late John and Maude (Huntington) Bradshaw. DeDee has spent her childhood growing up in town.

After graduating high school, she attended Cincinnati Conservatory to further her education. She married the late Barry Holliday in September of 1972, and they returned to the community never to leave again. DeDee was very talented in restoration and upholstery and owned and operated Country Restoration for many years. Pieces of furniture she has redone are some of the most cherished around.

She was passionate about giving back and serving as was indicative of her service as a past member of the Osgood Town Council, The Board of Directors of Madison Recycling Center, Board of Directors of the Ripley County Humane Society, and the Osgood Beautification Committee. She was a long-time member of the Osgood United Methodist Church. DeDee was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Barry. She is survived by niece, Beth Ann (Gregory) Chris of Brownsburg and nephew, John Bradshaw, as well as cousins. She will be deeply missed by close friend, Sandy Hollowell.

No services are scheduled at this time, however, a Celebration of Life will be held in the future. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, have been entrusted with her arrangements.

Electric cooperative to sponsor students for D.C. trip

Southeastern Indiana REMC will sponsor three students on the annual Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The 2018 Indiana Youth Tour is June 7-14.
Students entering their senior year in 2018 are eligible to attend and are selected by their local cooperative to participate in the weeklong trip. Indiana will send a delegation of approximately 85 students from throughout the state. The students travel to Washington and convene with more than 1,800 students from up to 46 states.

“Southeastern Indiana REMC is pleased to provide this opportunity for our local youth,” Myers said. “It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sites, make new friends and learn how everyone, even young people, can make a difference in the political process.”

Applications for Youth Tour are available online at or by contacting B.J. Myers at Southeastern Indiana REMC, 1-800-737-4111 or Applications are due February 1, 2018.

Students participating in the trip will visit the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, tour the Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials, take a night cruise on the Potomac River, and much more. The Indiana Youth Tour students will also participate in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spend a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation to ask questions and share their thoughts on a variety of timely issues.

For more information about the 2018 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., contact B.J. Myers at 1-800-737-4111 ext. 236.

MMH designated as Early Evaluation Hub for Autism and Development Delay

The Margaret Mary pediatric staff recently underwent a rigorous six-week training program provided by IU Health to become a certified Early Evaluation Hub, and is now specially trained to evaluate and diagnose ASD and developmental delay(s). In partnership with IU Health’s Riley Children’s Foundation and LAUNCH, Margaret Mary is one of only 12 Early Evaluation Hubs in Indiana and serves much of the southeast portion of the state.

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Pictured left, a patient undergoes evaluation with Dr. Wang.

Nearly one in every 68 children in the US is diagnosed with autism. Currently, the average age of diagnosis in Indiana is 5.3 years, but early evaluation and diagnosis can occur by 18 months.

As an Early Evaluation Hub, Margaret Mary’s pediatricians will see children between the ages of 18 and 42 months who have a referral from their primary care provider. During the two-hour appointment, children will receive a physical exam and participate in several child play and interactive activities, which focus on the child’s imagination, imitation and how they direct attention and request help. Once the evaluation is over, the parent or caregiver will receive the child’s diagnosis. If the child is diagnosed with autism, a care coordinator is available to answer any immediate questions or concerns.

“Most parents and caregivers initially feel overwhelmed when they receive an ASD diagnosis,” says Tina Knueven, Pediatric Practice Manager. “But there are many resources available, from what Margaret Mary can offer, to the local community and surrounding areas.”

To learn more about Margaret Mary’s Early Evaluation Hub or our Pediatrics department, call 812-933-5018.

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