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i The Message -- for Catholics of SoUthwestern Indiana 3 !says. h 16 Benefit to help Rodney Lincoln family writer have been any 29 for Rod- The 29-year-old the father of daughters. He was Joseph, Indiana, a he had loved , and he was em- Evansville as was going real .t by nature, to talk He was at le, preparing "I was un- when out from under- right down me together." by ambulance l Center, vhere doctors T-11 and T-12 crushed, send- into his paralyzed from a Couple of try's, he was Tri- Hospital, SPent about five physical and occupational therapy. "They helped me adjust, so I could take care of myself. At first, I had no balance. I had to relearn how to do everything. Just sitting up -- I couldn't even sit up for 30 seconds un- less my hands were holding on." Throughout the ordeal, Rod- ney says there have been a "lot of emotional ups and downs," but that his family, especially his wife, Star, and his friends have "been great. And people I didn't even know sent cards." He said his three daughters, Lauren, Page and Kylie, have adjusted "better than the grown-ups. They hop on my lap and we go for rides." Rodney had been employed by Goedde Plumbing for 10 years before his accident. When his employers realized that he could no longer "go into the field," they moved him into their office, and began training him to "work on prints, and do ordering and billing. "It's a little different from what I was used to, but to get dressed and come to work every day, to get back to nor- mal, that means a lot." Members of the Christian Family Movement at his parish, St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County, also de, cided they wanted to help Rod- ney and his family. They are in the process of or- ganizing a benefit dinner and dance, with all proceeds going to help finish making his home handicapped-accessible. Money will also be used to purchase a specially-outfitted truck, which will have hand controls for the accelerator and the brake. "It will be nice to get my own vehi- cle," Rodney said, adding, "I will feel a little more freedom." He said he would "really like to thank everybody for every- thing they've done, for their thoughts and their prayers." The benefit dinner/dance for the Rodney Lincoln Family is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, in Resurrection cafeteria, Evansville. Dinner will feature fried chicken, dressing, corn, green beans, slaw, brea d , coffee. Soft drinks and beer are included in the ticket price. Music will be provided by Joe Thompson, D.J., and CJJ Entertainment. The cost is $15 per person. Tickets are available from Cathy Crowdus, (812) 963- 9045, Linda Feulner, (812) 963- 6939, and Roberta Waninger (812) 963-3696. RODNEY LINCOLN lawmakers debate ISTEP help, feticide .WILLIAMs c Conference General Assem- ;he end of its Several issues o the Indiana are receiv- debate. [udiag non- s in resurfaced Finance a Voice Vote, the YOUR TASTE MATCH I3 Washington 254-4409 :vansville 422-I 833 committee approved an amendment to House Bill 1402 which would extend state fund- ing for non-public school stu- dents who need ISTEP remedi- ation. Earlier this session, the Sen- ate defeated legislation which would have provided funds to accredited non-public schools for remediation programs. The bill, Senate Bill 462, was intro- duced because changes to the ISTEP program had excluded funding for those students and allowed public schools to offer the programs within the school year. The chair of the Senate Fi- nance Committee, Sen. Lawrence M. Borst, R-Indi- anapolis, was among those senators who had voiced oppo- Kimball International Jasper, Indiana Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Bob and Norma Duncan Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 ry Stratman Pharmacy SPecialists Ave. iS, Prop. PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2345 W. 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Under the amendment, the funds could only be used for the remedial needs of the non-public school students, he said. HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insured Industrial, Commercial and Residential P.O, Box 405 TONY NAZARIO Haubstadt, IN 47639 i 812-768-5207 1-800-766-2787 Another measure heard this session would have increased the penalties for knowingly or intentionally killing a fetus. The bill, HB 1045, authored by Rep. Irene M. Heffley, R-Indi- anapolis, passed the House in a 96-1 vote, but ground to a halt in the Senate corrections, Criminal and Civil Procedures Committee. The Senate committee de- feated the feticide measure on Feb. 19. The bill was intro- duced as a response to an inci- dent last year in which a woman who was eight-and-a- half months pregnant lost her unborn child as a result of a drive-by shooting. HB 1045 would have raised the penalty for knowingly or intentionally killing a fetus from a Class C felony to a Class B felony. A Class C felony is punishable by a maxi- mum term of eight years and a Bishop ........ Continued from page 1 Schools, and James Collins, di- rector of Catholic Charities. Beshears and Collins were also present at the meeting with parents, and promised to help with an education and counsel- ing plan for the school. In his weekend homily based COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE . Auto! Home[ Fire & Lifet Your Personal Service Agent James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 I I I11 iii I t I III I III II I I MILLER &: MILLER "A family name you can trust" 424-9274 I I IIIIIrlll I III fi I IIIII I I I maximum fine of $10,000. Class B felonies are punishable by a maximum term of impris- onment of 20 years and a max- imum fine of $10,000. During the committee hear. ing, questions were raised about the bill's close proximity to the abortion debate and its possible affect on the state's abortion statutes. One concern raised was that under the bill it may be possible to conclude that the fetus is equal to a human being. Earlier in the session, M. Desmond Ryan, ICC executive director, had testified in favor of the bill because "the life of an unborn child is involved." Rep. Heffley emphasized again after the hearing that her intent was not to get in- volved with the abortion statutes. She said she will con- tinue to push the issue through the legislature this session. I on the Scripture passages in the lectionary, Bishop Gettelfin- ger spoke about the sin of Adam and Eve, and the redeeming act of Jesus Christ. He said that every sin has a public effect. Bishop Gettelfinger, recalling Ash Wednesday when ashes were used to mark the sign of the cross on a participant's fore- head, said that the ashes were a sign of death and sinfulness, but the cross was the sign of hope. 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