At our first football game, I was amazed to see how much the track has continued to deteriorate. The rubber has gotten so thin on most of the track that some of the lines are barely visible. This is the least of the problems of practicing and running on this track.Last year the Batesville track athletes who had to practice on this surface were constantly battling chin problems which in several cases led to stress fractures in the lower leg. Two hurdlers fell on the track and both received concussions. The severity of these concussions kept them out for several weeks. This surface is basically now nothing more than running on asphalt.I am hoping that something is done before the next track season because the Batesville track program deserves to have a facility worthy of their talents. Right now it is close to being embarrassing. Last year it cost Batesville the privilege of hosting the conference which, by the way, they lost by less than 10 points.
Bernadine Hessler, 92, Greensburg, died on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at her residence with her daughter, Bonnie by her side. Born, June 25, 1927 in Connersville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Luther and Myrtle (Johnson) Witt. She was a graduate of Connersville High School. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. She was a loving housewife to John D. “Jack” Hessler whom she married on June 30, 1944 in Connersville and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2009. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Hamilton, Greensburg; one brother, Tony Vernon (Martha) Witt, Fairland; three sisters, Barbara (Marion) Weston, Connersville, Linda (Rodney) Blaes, Connersville, Pat Black, Florida; adopted grandchild, Paul Joe (Lisa) Sweezey; four great grandchildren, Josh, Nate, Denny, and Jess; one great great grandson, Easton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Jack; her adored grandson, David Brent Hamilton; son in law, David Lee Hamilton; two brothers; Voley Witt and Bob Witt; two sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Johnson and Jerry Blair. Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. Tony Evan Witt officiating. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com