Fireworks rules, road closures and more: 5 things to know this week

1. Four Brown County students competed at the National History Day contest near Washington, D.C., last week, and one of them, Chloee Robison, had her exhibit board chosen to represent Indiana in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for a day. Robison, Lizzy Jenson, Abigail Neibert and Jayda Scales were part of the Indiana delegation at the contest, which is like a science fair for history research projects. No student from Indiana placed, said chaperone Amy Oliver, but “much learning and fun was had by all,” she said.

2. Setting off fireworks in Nashville is legal only on June 29 and 30, and July 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 between 5 p.m. and two hours after sunset; July 4 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.; and on New Year’s Eve. Areas outside town limits are not covered by this ordinance, but they are governed by state law. State law says fireworks can be discharged from 9 a.m. to midnight July 4, Memorial Day, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. any other day of the year. They must be set off on your own property or on a property of someone who has granted permission. Any child using fireworks must do so in the presence of an adult.

3. Yellowwood Road is closed between State Road 46 and Yellowwood Lake Road, and it’ll stay closed for 120 days to rebuild the bridge over Salt Creek. Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity said the road will be raised about 7 feet at the intersection of Yellowwood, Dubois Ridge and Green Valley roads to meet up with the new bridge, so those roads won’t be available as pass-throughs during that time, either.

4. Paving will be completed on Three Story Hill and Oak Ridge roads this week. Work was to start Monday, June 19 and last several days, said Brown County Highway Superintendent Mike Magner. Oak Ridge is getting paved from Helmsburg School Road to Three Story Hill, and Three Story is getting paved from LaSalle Road to 135 North. Avoid those areas if at all possible.

5. Starting July 1 it will be illegal for children to ride any off-road vehicle, including Gator-style and ATVs, without a helmet. “Kate’s Law,” or HEA 1200, requires everyone younger than 18 to wear a helmet while riding on public or private land. If a child is found not wearing a helmet, the owner of the vehicle can be charged with an infraction and fined $500, according to a news release from the Indiana Coalition for ATV Safety. Kate’s Law is named after 11-year-old Kate Bruggenschmidt, a Warrick County girl who died June 26, 2015, when the ATV she was driving flipped over on her. Neither she nor her 11-year-old passenger were wearing a helmet.