New park named “Freedom Park” at ceremony

first_imgBatesville, IN— The dedication ceremony and name reveal of Batesville’s newest park took place today.  Around 6o plus people gathered at the park to hear Mayor Mike Bettice; Tim Putnam, President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health; Jody Fledderman, President and CEO of Batesville Tool and Die; and Mike Baumer, Park Superintendent speak about all the efforts to create the lastest park and also to thank all those who helped pave the way.  Also, the VFW gave a 21 gun salute and played taps to dedicate the flag pole at the park.  After several submissions, the park located on Six Pine Ranch Road has been named Freedom Park.last_img read more

Michael Thompson ends seven-year drought with win at 3M Open

first_imgMichael Thompson landed the second PGA Tour title of his career Sunday when he held his nerve on the final day of the 3M Open in Minnesota.Thompson’s win at TPC Twin Cities ended a barren run that followed his breakthrough triumph in the 2013 Honda Classic. Birdies at the 16th and 18th holes took Thompson to 19 under for a two-shot victory over Adam Long, whose weekend charge was almost rewarded with trophy success.Long made birdie at the last as he followed his 63 from Saturday with a 64 to reach 17 under, which at the time gave him a share of the lead as Thompson navigated his way through the back nine.With the pressure on, Thompson made a birdie 3 at 16 and parred the next to go to the final hole armed with a one-shot lead.His second shot over water to the green gave Thompson two putts for the title from around 15 feet, and the 35-year-old American drained his first attempt to complete a round of 67, sealing a first win in 167 starts.Congratulations, Michael Thompson! A birdie at the last to win the @3MOpen.It’s been 2,702 days since his last victory.#QuickHits— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 26, 2020A teary Thompson said: “It’s been a long time. I’m really sad my wife and kids aren’t here to celebrate this with me. I can’t wait to see them.”This is so exciting. I played such good golf today. I stayed within myself, believed in myself, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Victory earns Thompson a ticket to the PGA Championship and U.S. Open, which he said meant “the world” to him, as well as a guaranteed two more years on the PGA Tour.The leaderboard was highly congested, with nine players tying for third at 16 under: Robby Shelton, Charles Howell III, Emiliano Grillo, Alex Noren, Tony Finau, Max Homa, Cameron Tringale, Richy Werenski and Charl Schwartzel.Werenski had been the overnight co-leader with Thompson but could only shoot 70 on the final day, his worst score of the week.last_img read more

Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to extensions

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap.The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team on Wednesday designed to give the Steelers some cap relief before the new league year begins next week.Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both contracts are designed to give Pittsburgh some flexibility heading into free agency as the Steelers look for answers following consecutive 8-8 seasons.The Steelers also cut linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown on Wednesday.Polamalu was scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2011. The 32-year-old is coming off a bounce back year in which he played in all 16 games after being limited by injuries in 2012.The deal came hours after the Steelers re-signed safety Will Allen, meaning it’s unlikely Pittsburgh will make any attempt to bring back Ryan Clark, who will become a free agent next week.Polamalu missed nine games in 2012 with a strained calf and revamped his offseason conditioning campaign last spring. It paid off handsomely. Polamalu picked off two passes and recorded 69 tackles while playing in every game for just the third time in the last eight years.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The 31-year-old Miller caught 58 passes for 593 yards and a touchdown in 2013 after sustaining a major right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season. He caught a season-high eight passes in a 37-27 win over Detroit on Nov. 17 that keyed a late 6-2 flourish as Pittsburgh avoided its first losing season in a decade.The moves continued a busy week for the typically quiet Steelers. Pittsburgh tagged linebacker Jason Worilds as a transition player on Monday, with Worilds quickly agreeing to the one-year deal, opening the door for both sides to work on a long-term contract.“Feels good to be back with the ones I bled with,” Worilds tweeted on Wednesday.Jason WorildsThe decision to keep Worilds- who posted a career-high eight sacks in 2013 – likely means the Steelers will part with LaMarr Woodley, whose cap number in 2014 is $14.1 million. Woodley has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2010.The emergence of Worilds helped make Woodley potentially expendable. The same goes for Foote, who tore the triceps in the season opener last fall against Tennessee then watched rookie Vince Williams become a steady contributor at inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons. Polamalu’s ability to fill Foote’s role at linebacker in dime coverage packages helped expedite Foote’s departure.Injuries also plagued Curtis Brown during his three mostly quiet years with the Steelers. The former third-round pick showed flashes of being a special teams star but could not work his way onto the field with any regularity as a defensive back.At least Brown had a chance to make a case for himself – for better or worse – on the field. The same can’t be said of Levi Brown.The Steelers made the unorthodox move of acquiring Brown from Arizona in October to stabilize an injury ravaged offensive line. It never happened. Brown tore his triceps during warm-ups before his first game with Pittsburgh and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers saved $6 million against the salary cap by paring him off the books before the new league year begins next Tuesday.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more