Arthur B. Ortman, 99, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his residence.Born, September 28, 1916, in Millhousen, he was the son of George and Anna (Funke) Ortman.Arthur was a veteran of the Army and served in WWII. He was in the 79th Army Division. He was part of the Normandy invasion, then on through France to the Rhine River and then to Germany. As the war ended, he was assigned to guard German prisoners out in a field.He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Millhousen, the VFW, the American Legion Post 129, served on the committee of the ASCS, and the Knights of St. John.Arthur was a farmer and also had worked as an insurance salesman for Farmers Union Insurance.He was married to Velma I. Picker on November 22, 1945 and she survives.He is also survived by three sons; Danny (Elaine) Ortman, Greensburg, Michael Ortman, Greensburg, Jim Ortman, Greensburg, one daughter; Nancy (Ortman) Huff, Marion, IN, 10 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandson.He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edward Ortman; two sisters, Clara Ortman, Catherine Veerkamp; one son-in-law, Dr. Robert Huff.Family and friends will gather at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow the rosary until 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Visitation will also be held from 9-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Bill Turner officiating.Burial and military graveside rites will follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Millhousen.Memorials can be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church religious ed and grounds.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Replica of a gaga ball pitBatesville, IN— Please join us for a celebration and unveiling of the new Gaga Ball Pit at Liberty Park at 3 p.m. today. Gaga is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit that is a popular attraction for local teenagers.The project was a partnership between high school students, Parks Department, Mayor’s Office, and Batesville Schools Resource Officers. Students voted on an amenity they would like to add to the community and once Gaga was selected City Council funded the project and it was built by the Parks Department.
Thirty-five-year-old Lindener, Quacy Giddings, was found not guilty of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, when he made his final appearance before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.Quacy GiddingsGiddings was accused of having in his possession 49 grams of cannabis sativa for the purpose of trafficking on November 3, 2017, at the Mackenzie Market in Linden. The prosecution’s case had contended that Police on foot patrol at the Mackenzie Market had observed Giddings acting in a suspicious manner and conducted a search of his person.Ranks had allegedly unearthed a pink and white plastic bag containing leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis, nine small ziploc bags also containing leaves, seeds and stems and a quantity of empty small ziploc bags.However, in making his ruling in the matter on Tuesday, Magistrate Nurse after perusing the evidence which was presented to the court, ruled that the prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was indeed guilty of the offence. He cited several inconsistencies and discrepancies regarding the handling of the evidence as well as contradicting testimonies by Police witnesses. He said the witnesses contradicted each other.He noted that as a result of the discrepancies, the court could not rely on the evidence presented and was doubtful regarding the handling and investigation of the matter. Giddings, who was represented by Attorney Yondessa Welcome, walked out of court a free man after thanking the Magistrate.