Switzerland County, IN

State Road 56 Closures Planned in Jefferson, Switzerland Counties

A bridge replacement project is scheduled to start in early June. (Switzerland County, Ind.) - Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Force Construction Company plans to close the S.R. 56 bridge over Lost Fork Creek on or after Monday, June 6, to complete a bridge replacement project in Jefferson County. The bridge is located just over eight miles east of U.S. 421 near the Switzerland County line and will remain closed for approximately 90 days. Traffic will be detoured to U.S. 421 and S.R. 129.
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“Thiebaud Farmstead” State Historical Marker To Be Dedicated in Vevay

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating the Thiebaud Farmstead in Switzerland County is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022. The program will begin at 12:00 pm at 5147 E. State Hwy 56, Vevay, Indiana 47043. The dedication is part of the county’s Hay Days, which runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on May 21st and from 12:00 pm until 4:00 on May 22nd . Hay Days gives visitors a glimpse into country living c. 1860. Parking for the marker dedication is available on-site. The text follows for the state marker entitled “Thiebaud Farmstead:” In 1802, French-speaking Swiss immigrants settled the area that became Switzerland County. Encouraged by their success in viticulture, more Swiss families followed, including Frederick and Harriet Thiebaud, who purchased land here in 1818. After local inventor Samuel Hewitt patented a powerful hay press in 1843, the local economy transitioned to hay production. Justi and Mary Thiebaud, who inherited this farmstead, built a barn and hay press in the early 1850s. Like other Switzerland County farmers, they increased hay production through the 1870s, using the Ohio River to reach large urban markets. During this period, commerce, transportation, and industry depended on horsepower, making hay an essential agricultural product. The public is invited to attend the dedication for this marker that examines agricultural history, the importance of hay production, and the contributions of Swiss immigrants to the state. This is the fourth state historical marker to be installed in Switzerland County. For a listing of other markers, see: State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For over 100 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library, has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Over 700 of these markers have been installed over the years. For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program, including details on this marker, a listing of other markers in the state, or other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at or call (317) 232-2535. For more information on the dedication and Hay Days, contact Switzerland County Tourism Director Jon Smith at or call 812-427-3237.

Lady Raiders Are ORVC Champs!

South Ripley’s girls track and field team pulled off a thrilling victory and the remaining coverage area participants followed suit with outstanding performances inside the Ohio River Valley Conference Championship Meet at Switzerland County on Tuesday night. Hands down the highlight of the evening was South Ripley and its...
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ORVC Report and Athletes of the Week for May 2-7

The ORVC has announced its Athletes of the Week for May 2-7. Baseball- Jac-Cen-Del’s Landon Comer and Switzerland County’s Evan Halstenberg. Softball- South Ripley’s Mady Tompkins and Switzerland County’s Lily Sparks. Boys Golf- Milan’s Jackson Voss and Switzerland County’s Bryce Wrightsman. Track- South Ripley’s...


Milan 5-2 5-3 Switzerland County 4-2 6-8 Jonathan Jimenez (RS) GC win, 1 hit, 0 runs allowed, 9 K’s / 3 hits in 2 games. Landon Comer (JCD) 7 IP, no hitter, 11 K’s vs. Shawe Memorial. Kameron Darnold (JCD) 2 hits, run, RBI in 2 games. Ryan...
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Lady Pacers beat Milan, Sparks strikes out 11

The Switzerland County Lady Pacer softball team defeated Milan on Monday night by a final score of 7-0. The Lady Pacers got on the board in the bottom of the first, as Jessie Duvall lead off the inning with a walk and she stole a base. With two outs, Bri Stow lined a single that scored Jessie Duvall.
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Deaths this week: Norris Conner, Julia Jackson, Joanne Kelley-Yocum, Ruby Day, Lee Foster, Brandon Miller, Arnold Brown, Brett Furnish. Mike Jones was named new Superintendent of County Schools. Sara Bovard graduated from the University of Southern Indiana. Raymond and Thirla Johnson will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 9th. 20...
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Wrightsman 2x medalist as Pacer golfers keep winning

The Switzerland County varsity golf team is on a roll as it heads into the meat of its season. The golf team picked up a win last Thursday night at Belterra in a three-team event. Switzerland County finished with a team score of 194; followed by Milan with a team...
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Pacer baseball team earns tow big conference victories

Pacer baseball team earns two big conference victories. The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball team has been racking up some big wins over the past week. On Wednesday, May 4th, the Pacers traveled to Versailles and defeated South Ripley by a final score of 12-0 in a game stopped after five innings by the Mercy Rule.

Tompkins sets SR strikeout record!

South Ripley senior Mady Tompkins already has her name plastered all over the softball record books at the school and another spot now dons her name as the Lady Raider flamethrower set a new mark on Wednesday night as part of a 2-1 win over Switzerland County. Tompkins, who already...

State Rep. Frye: Safe Haven Baby Box Planned in Vevay

Indiana currently has 81 baby boxes. The Safe Haven Baby Box at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. File photo. (Vevay, Ind.) – A Safe Haven Baby Box will soon be installed in Switzerland County. State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) authored a bill in 2021 helping communities install baby boxes at...
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ORVC and EIAC junior high track championships

In the ORVC Junior High Track and Field Championships at Jac-Cen-Del, Switzerland County outscored second place Milan by 56-1/2 points for the boys title while Rising Sun was 13 points better than Switzerland County to win the girls crown. Girls Team Rankings. 1) Rising Sun 89, 2) Switzerland County 76,

Local Sports Report - May 5, 2022

Lawrenceburg and East Central had good nights in track & field. Meet medalist was Bryce Wrightsman of Switz who shot a 43. Benny Miller – 64 (non scoring round) Sam Schroer – 55 (non scoring round) TRACK & FIELD.

Turning Water Into Power More Efficiently

SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind.--You may know the Markland Hydroelectric Dam in Switzerland County as a great place to catch big fish. But, the dam also provides power to homes in southern Indiana. Duke Energy says thanks to two years work to upgrade the dam and its energy-producing capabilities, it’s now ten percent more efficient.

Rising Sun Vet Clinic to Host Rabies Clinics for Cats and Dogs

The first of many clinics takes place this Saturday. (Rising Sun, Ind.) - The Rising Sun Veterinary Clinic will host several rabies clinics for cats and dogs over the next two months. Clinic will take place in Dearborn, Ohio, and Switzerland counties. Cost will be the same at each clinic....