Robert L. Ashcraft, 85, of Indianapolis, formerly of Milan, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at Marquette Health Care in Indianapolis. Bob was born Sunday, December 3, 1933 in Aurora, the son of Glendon and Augusta (Windhorst) Ashcraft. He married Marilyn Grathwohl February 7, 1959 and she survives. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. He served his country in the U. S. Army. He worked for Fernald’s quality assurance department, was a member of the Milan Lions Club and Milan American Legion Post #235. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf.Bob is survived by his wife Marilyn of Indianapolis; daughter Lori (Nathan) Nickell of Indianapolis; grandchildren: Nikki (Rich) Phillips, David Ashcraft, Aften Ashcraft and Kelly (Anthony) Brock; and great grandchildren: Kinley, Jack and David Brock. He was preceded in death by his parents; son David Ashcraft; brothers: Howard and Clayton Ashcraft; and sister Verna “Mickey” Heller.Mass of the Resurrection will be held 11 AM Saturday, September 21, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 213 W Ripley Street, Milan, IN 47031 with Father Stanley Pondo officiating. Private family burial will follow the Mass. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him after the Mass in the Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be given in honor of Bob to St. Vincent Hospice, Marquette Health Care or Milan Lions Club. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031 (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Statewide—Unemployment rates for the month of October are still trending lower in southeastern Indiana than the state average. Bartholomew county was at the lowest at 2.2%, followed by Jackson County at 2.3%, Decatur County at 2.4%, Ripley County at 2.6 %, and Franklin County at 2.9%. Dearborn County and Jefferson County were higher than the State rate at 3.1% for both counties. Photo: Counties in teal are under the State’s average rate, blue counties are equal, and green is over the unemployment rate for the State.
Of the team that won gold last year, ten players return to this year’s squad for the tournament in Apia.This includes captain Regina Lili’I and current Samoa Cricket development manager and vice-captain, Perelini Mulitalo, who will play in her fifth regional women’s qualifier.The team will also feature several new faces including Faamitai Anitoni, Velder Levaula and Filimaua Malo while Letelesa Autagavia returns to the team for the first time since 2012.Several players from the squad joined New Zealand club teams last season, providing them with excellent preparation in the lead up to the tournament.Two players, Matile Uliao and Lagi Otila Tele’a, also played in the East Asia-Pacific women’s team who won the inaugural Australian Country Cricket Championships in early 2016. Uliao made headlines at the tournament after she took a hat-trick in the EAP’s match against Northern Territory and will be a key bowler again for the Samoan team this tournament.Captain Lili’I knows that all these opportunities will be invaluable for the team this time around. She believes that “every opportunity we get to play cricket, either individually or as a team, helps us to improve and play better quality cricket”.And the expectations from Lili’I of her team are high: “Obviously winning the gold medal was an amazing effort from the girls last year. But now we need to back that up with even better cricket at this tournament because there’s a World Cup Qualifier position at stake.”Samoa will also have a new coach after Ian West stepped down from coaching the team. Sunshine Coast-based coach Brad Murphy has been brought in to fill the role with Taitoe Kaisala as his assistant coach.The 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific begins in Apia, Samoa, on July 15 and will feature teams from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Japan. The tournament is a double round robin with the team who finishes on top of the table progressing to the Global Qualifier for the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.