03: Wendy Mercer, 37, of Carroll County died after trying to get back inside her burning home to get diapers, bottles and other items for her 4-month-old baby.

06: Nearly two dozen women received an outfit makeover from the Dress for Success Mobile Career Transformation Center event held in Carrollton. The Cincinnati organization gave clients with an interview outfit and other accessories to prepare for the workforce.

07: The Courierarea was blanketed with six inches of snowfall.

12: The Madison Consolidated Schools Board approved a recommendation for a $42 million school renovation project. Pursuing the project meant the board planned to place a $40 million referendum on the ballot for the May election.

14: Julie Marshall, owner of Needful Things, was sentenced to four years in prison for tax- and drug-related crimes.

18: The central dispatch center began operating out of the second floor of the old jail building. Emergency calls from Madison, Hanover or anywhere in Jefferson County now run through the new center.

20: The Advanced Collaboration Team made final revisions on an inter-local agreement that would set up a Jefferson County economic development committee of elected officials from Madison, Hanover and the county.

21: The Indiana Department of Education released A-F letter grades for schools, with most Courierarea public schools either improving or keeping the same letter grade, while private schools stayed the same or decreased.

23: Ray Smith Jr., of Carroll County, died after a four-wheeler he was driving overturned into a creek swollen by heavy rain in the area.

23: Madison and Southwestern schools continued efforts to put school resource officers into school buildings.