SOME CITY AND COUNTY OFFICES IN VANDERBURGH COUNTY EXPERIENCING COMPUTER PROBLEMS. IN ORDER TO KEEP OPERATING, THESE EMPLOYEES ARE HAVING TO TAKE A STEP BACK TO TECHNOLOGYS DARK AGES. FORGET LAPTOPS, P-CS AND CLICKING THE MOUSE. TODAY SOME LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES HAD TO GET OUT THE OLD PEN AND PAPER A HARDWARE FAILURE IN THE RECORDS MANAGEMENT DATABASE SHUT DOWN THE COMPUTERS IN THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CIVIC CENTER, CAUSING WORK TO SLOW DOWN AND PILE UP SUSAN KIRK: "We cant add any new cases, we cant, with the bonding were going the old route sending papers back and forth, recalls, we dont know who is in custody, slowing things way down." THE COMPUTER CRASH JUST ANOTHER REMINDER OF HOW MUCH WE DEPEND ON OUR TECHNOLOGY. THE YOUNGER GENERATION NATURALLY HAVING THE HARDEST TIME ADJUSTING TO USING OLDER METHODS. SHERIFF ERIC WILLIAMS: " You can kind of tell the age of somebody here at the Sheriffs office by their ability to adapt back to pen and paper quickly." THE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE IS FULL OF BRAND NEW COMPUTERS, INSTALLED LAST MONTH, MANY OF THEM TODAY OUT OF OPERATION. BUT WORK HAS COME TO A COMPLETE HALT. IN A TIME WHERE A NATURAL OR MAN-MADE DISASTER CAN HIT AT ANY TIME, MOST OF THESE AGENCIES SAY THEYRE PREPARED. WILLIAMS: "You dont like it to happen this way, but the fact were able to provide services, make calls, get our job done, is proof positive were prepared for that." ONCE THE PROBLEM IS FIXED, IT WILL MEAN CATCH UP TIME FOR THESE EMPLOYEES, WHO WILL HAVE TO TRANSFER INFORMATION BACK INTO THEIR ELECTRONIC BRAINS. COMPUTER TECHNICIANS ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO REPAIR THE HARDWARE FAILURE, AND HOPE TO HAVE THE DATABASE UP AND RUNNING SOMETIME TONIGHT, BUT ANY UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS COULD CAUSE DELAYS.