O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.
The Batesville Golf Invitational took place at Hillcrest Country Club.Congrats to the host Bulldogs and Coach Ben Siefert on placing first.The Invitational was shortened to 9 Holes this year due to rain delays and unplayable conditions on the back 9 during play. All players completed 1-9 only.Team Scoring:Batesville: 155, Rising Sun: 159, Franklin: 160, Shelbyville: 160, Mt. Vernon: 163, Greensburg: 163, Madison: 165, Brownstown Central: 165,Columbus North: 167, Connersville: 167, East Central: 173, Oldenburg: No Team Score (Liam Mungcal 46, Kole McGinn 54).Scoring For Batesville:Dominique Schildknecht 35, Thomas Hatcher 41, Alec Giesting 39, Henry Luchow 40, Ryan Harmeyer 41.Individuals For Batesville: (Played to complete threesomes in Oldenburg group). Billy Carroll 43, Jacob Paul 51, Ben Kick 59Medalist: Dominique Schildknecht- Batesville (35)Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.