April 2020: Year In Review

(UNDATED) – In April 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County received grants to produce a state-of-the-art makerspace for the youth of Lawrence County, Dr. Brett Seidle was named Executive Director of Naval Sea Systems Command’s Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers, Dave Flinn was named Bedford’s street commissioner, Katie Messman was named the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator for Lawrence County, and a fallen Marine was laid to rest.

Boys & Girls Club Launch Makerspace For Youth

In April 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County received grants from the Regional Opportunities Initiative and the NBA All-Star 2021 Legacy Project to produce a state-of-the-art makerspace for the youth of Lawrence County.

The space is used to introduce students to the skills associated with after-school programming project-based learning activities.

The vision for this program is to help students prepare for possible careers in advanced manufacturing, defense, and life sciences. The Launching Center  also helps develop a pipeline to the NLCS Career Center. The Lawrence County Launching Center is located in the Teen Center’s west gym. This space houses new technology, equipment, and materials needed to create a platform for innovation and invention.

Dr. Brett Seidle Named Executive Director Of Naval Sea Systems Command’s Naval Surface And Undersea Warfare Centers

In April 2020, Dr. Brett Seidle, of Bedford was selected as the executive director of Naval Sea Systems Command’s Naval Surface and Undersea Warfare Centers.

Dr. Brett Seidle, Photo by NSWC Crane Public Affairs

Dr. Seidle succeeded Donald McCormack, who retired on April 30. 2020. Seidle works at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

As the technical director of Crane, Dr. Seidlewill provides technical leadership and supervision to 3,700 employees.

Katie Messmann Named JDAI Coordinator For Lawrence County

 In April 2020, Katie Messman was named the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Coordinator for Lawrence County.

JDAI is a model for youth justice system improvement that was developed by the Juvenile Justice Strategist Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation approximately thirty years ago. At its core, JDAI is a public safety initiative that focuses on limiting use of pre-adjudication secure detention while ensuring the alternative placements and procedures are safe and appropriate to meet the needs of the youth.

Indiana has adapted and evolved the JDAI model to provide opportunities for improvement at all decision points from contact with law enforcement through placement in out-of-home care and post-placement return to the community.

The efforts have resulted in savings to taxpayers, improved efficiencies in the operations of the youth justice system, and better outcomes for youth and their families.

This will allow Lawrence County more funding and more opportunities to provide services to youth and families.

JDAI sites receive training opportunities in best practices for the youth justice system, access to networks of state and national experts, and technical assistance from a team of Juvenile Justice Strategists.

Lawrence County Lawmakers Announce Local Road Funding For Bedford, Oolitic

In April 2020, Bedford and Oolitic received more than $274,000 in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

More than 200 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) supported in 2017.

As part of the program, Bedford received $218,476 and Oolitic received $55,559.

David Flinn Named Bedford Street Commissioner

In April 2020, Bedford City Mayor Sam Craig announced the hiring of David Flinn as Bedford Street Commissioner.

David Flinn Bedford Street Commissioner

Flinn replaced Dan Kirk who retired. Kirk served as both Plan Commissioner and Street Commissioner during the Mayor Shawna Girgis administration.

Flinn accepted the position on March 23, 2020.

Funeral Procession Held For Lance Cpl. Hunter Logan Brown

The funeral for former Bedford resident and fallen U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Hunter Logan Brown was held on April 1, 2020 in Seymour.

Lance Cpl. Hunter Logan Brown

LCPL Brown, 21, died March 17, 2020 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Hundreds of family, friends and others paid their respect by lining the roadways with flags in hands during his procession that left Burkholder Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Seymour at approximately 2 p.m. and traveled west on US 50 and then head north on State Road 446 to his burial plot at Mount Gilead Cemetery in Bloomington.

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