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O'Bannon Legacy

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By The Staff

Three-year-old Kadie O'Bannon, top photo, decorates her father, Jon with a remnant from a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted moments earlier to mark completion of the Frank O'Bannon Highway north of St. Croix. The granddaughter, wife and son of the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon joined Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, state and local officials and contractors for the Wednesday-morning event. Rain forced participants indoors from the Indiana 37-Interstate 64 intersection to the nearby Phil Etienne's Timber Harvest-Bear Hollow Woodcrafters showroom. Ribbon-cutting participants, bottom photo, await a signal to snip their sections of a yellow ribbon to mark the official opening of the improved section of Indiana 37. From the left are state Rep. Dennie Oxley; Skillman; Judy, Jon, Kadie and Elle O'Bannon; Bill Schrader, chairman of an Indiana 37-Indiana 145 coalition and Samuel Sarvis, deputy commissioner for the Indiana Department of Transportation Vincennes District. Judy O'Bannon said the improved highway will fix an area that didn't make sense for drivers traveling to or from areas north of St. Croix.