School Administrator, New County Commissioner Implicated In Gun Theft

The Assistant Principal at Crothersville Junior-Senior High School and newly elected Jackson County Commissioner was summoned last Wednesday to appear in Jackson Circuit Court to face a felony charge of theft of a firearm.

Drew Markel

Drew Markel

Andrew ‘Drew’ B. Markel, 35, of rural Grassy Fork Township, also faces a misdemeanor charge of conversion in connection with the investigation into his purchase of a Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm handgun with a stolen gift card June 4, 2016, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by Indiana State Police Detective Matt Loyd.
While a probable cause has been filed by Special Prosecutor William Nash of Bartholomew County, no warrant for Markel’s arrest has yet been signed as of this newspaper’s press deadline.
Markel has not been booked into the Jackson County Jail but an initial hearing on the charges is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 25, according to information on, the state’s court record website. Chris D. Monroe of Bartholomew County was appointed special judge in the matter on Friday afternoon.
Mark Dove of North Vernon entered his appearance as Markel’s attorney.
In addition to being a county commissioner and assistant principal at Crothersville, Markel is the son of Jackson Superior Court I Judge Bruce Markel III.
The purchase occurred at Bite the Bullet, a gun shop in downtown Seymour where Markel worked part time, according to the probable cause affidavit.
According to the court document filed by Loyd, the owner of Bite The Bullet reported that Markel had purchased a handgun with a gift card originally issued to a customer Dec. 26, 2015. Seymour Chief of Police Bill Abbott began an investigation in June 2016 but asked the Indiana State Police to take over the investigation, according to Loyd’s report.
That customer had purchased a handgun from the store but later decided to return it claiming it didn’t work properly, according to court documents. The customer received a $255.73 refund, which was put on a gift card to be used for a future purchase, according to court records.
The court document said that Markel took the handgun home for testing. He returned it to the storeowner saying the gun worked properly and that the customer complaint “appeared to be the result of user error.”
On Jan. 7, 2016, the customer came back to the store to look at other guns, and he and Markel got into a confrontation after Markel attempted to explain that the problem with the returned handgun might have been user error. Markel and another employee escorted the customer out of the store where the verbal exchange continued, the ISP’s report stated.
Markel’s employer told him to refund the money on the customer’s card and “zero it out,” according to court documents.
On June 4, 2016, Markel purchased a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun from Bite The Bullet.
The gun shop owners were able to determine that when Markel purchased the 9mm handgun, he had used the customer’s gift card, Loyd said.
Markel later told the owners he thought he had used a $100 gift card he received as a Christmas gift from his mother-in-law for the purchase, according to court documents.
Loyd said on June 10 that Markel apologized to the store owners for the incident and said he had made an honest mistake. He also included a $257 check, the court document stated.

Markel has been placed on administrative leave with pay from his duties at Crothersville Community Schools, according to school superintendent Terry Goodin.
According to the school annual report published last August, Markel was paid $70,000 last year, the salary for a county commissioner is just over $21,400.

Police Charge 6 On Drug Violations

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies looking for an Austin man for parole violation found the man they were seeking along with five others who were charged with a variety of drug offenses last week.
On January 7, Scott County Sheriff Deputies along with an Indiana State Trooper, and Indiana State Parole Agents went to 1215 N US 31 in Austin looking for Jerry Newton for violating parole.
They apprehended Newton along with five additional individuals at the residence.
During a search of the residence, law enforcement officials located methamphetamine, controlled substances, marijuana, paraphernalia, hypodermic needles, alcohol prep pads, and numerous kits containing naloxone throughout the residence.
All six subjects were arrested and transported to Scott County Security Center.
Arrested and charged were:
•Jerry Newton, 40, of Austin for parole warrant, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a legend drug or precursor, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hypodermic syringes, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
•Clarence Spicer, 67 of Austin charged with maintaining a common nuisance.
•Brandon Stidham, 24, of Austin charged with visiting a common nuisance.
•Arbana Church, 25, of New Albany charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of methamphetamine.
•Arlie Campbell Jr., 50, of Austin charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of a legend drug.
•Amanda Jones, no age or address available, was charged with visiting a common nuisance.
All were incarcerated at Scott County Jail.

Electronics Recycling This Saturday

An electronics recycling collection will be held this Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cummins Engine Plant parking lot, 800 East Third Street in Seymour.
Accepted items include computers, keyboards, printers, copiers, CD and DVD players, television sets, etc. This is a free event for Jackson County residents.
For more information call the Jackson County Recycling District at 812-358-4277.

Singer-Songwriter Show Jan. 28 At Rails Eatery

Area music fans will have a unique opportunity when Seymour’s Vision 2025 Project, in conjunction with the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, presents a singer-songwriter event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the upstairs banquet room at Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, 114 St. Louis Ave., Seymour.
The “listening room” environment will feature artists Matthew Mayfield of Birmingham, Ala. with special guest Brooks Ritter of Louisville, Ky.
Advance tickets are $10 while day-of-show admission will be $15 per person. Tickets are available at Rails, Jackson County Visitor Center, and Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.

Public Notices


The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., in Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229, to provide citizens an opportunity to express their views on community development and housing needs, past community development and housing activities, and the recently completed rehabilitation grant program. The $155,750.00 grant was awarded through the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority using Community Development Block Grant Funds.
Citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Written comments should be directed to Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229.  The phone number is (812) 793-2311.
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Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard.  Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct the situation.
We are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. The results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets EPA’s health standards. The last monitoring period testing for Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids was not performed due to an oversight by our staff and the staff of our contract laboratory, therefore, we cannot be sure of the quality of water at that time.
What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g. bottle) water supply.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
What does this mean?
This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Some people who drink trihalomethanes in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.  Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may also be at an increased risk for getting cancer.
What happened? What is being done?
Annually, our contract laboratory, sends us testing kits for all of our required parameters. The test kits for Total Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids were not sent and we did not realize that these tests were not performed. The tests are currently being sampled for and will be reported to EPA.  If there is an issue with these contaminants after the test is completed, we will inform all of our customers, as soon as we have the results. This process will be complete by January 31, 2017. We do not anticipate any issues with our water exceeding the MCL based on results from the past.
For more information, please contact Chris Mains at (812) 793-2311 or 111 E. Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229.
This notice is being sent to you by Crothersville Utilities. PWSID# IN5236001
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This is to inform members of Jackson County Water Utility, Inc. of the upcoming annual membership meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Brownstown Central High School cafeteria on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is held each year for the purpose of electing three (3) members to the Board of Directors, to hear reports of the manager, president and other officers of the corporation and to conduct any and all other business which may properly come before the meeting.
The election process is as follows:
1. A member of the corporation must nominate another member of the corporation as a candidate for election to the Board of Directors held at the annual meeting of the corporation.
2.The person so nominated must be a member in good standing and must reside in the district up for election that year.
3. The nominating member shall provide their name and address and the name and address of the person nominated by them in writing to the Election Committee of the Corporation no later than Monday February 6, 2017. The nomination shall be mailed or delivered to the “Election Committee”, 1119 West Spring Street, Brownstown, Indiana 47220.
4. The Election Committee shall determine the qualification of the nominating member and the person nominated. These persons so nominated shall be qualified to the ballot for Director by Monday March 6, 2017
5. No nomination for Director shall be taken from the floor at the annual meeting.  Each membership shall have one vote.  (Example:  If a membership is listed with both husband and wife’s names, either one may cast a ballot but not both.)  The Districts and the current Directors up for election this year are:  District 4 (Owen Township), Steven Ritter; District 6 (Pershing Township), Bryan Fish; and District 8 (Driftwood Township and the West one-half of Grassy Fork Township), Gloria Baughman.
If you have any questions about the nomination process, feel free to contact the corporation office at 812-353-3654.
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Parks Concessionaire Bids Accepted

The Board of Parks & Recreation of the City of Seymour, Indiana, will receive sealed bids for concession stands contracts at the office of Seymour Parks & Recreation until the hour of 4:30 p.m. February 13, 2017, at which time said bids will be opened at the regularly scheduled meeting.
The Seymour Parks & Recreation Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Please contact the Seymour Parks & Recreation office for contract details at (812) 522-6420 or 301-309 N. Chestnut Street, Seymour, IN  47274.
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CAUSE NO.  36D01-1611-PL-46
James R. Fee, Sr.,
Town of Brownstown, Indiana
All Those Claiming Title in and to the Real Estate commonly known as 1000 West Block Bridge Street, Brownstown, Indiana,
The names and whereabouts of any person(s) claiming an interest in the real estate described herein, are unknown to the Plaintiff, and the Plaintiff has filed a complaint to quiet title to the following real property in Jackson County, Indiana, to wit:  ADJACENT TO/PART OF 11.05-5-4 EWING LOT 199, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana.
The complaint was filed by the Plaintiff for the purpose of quieting title to the above-described real estate as against all persons who may claim any interest in the above-described real estate.
You must respond to this Summons and the Complaint within thirty (30) days after the last notice of this action is published, and in the event you fail to do so, judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the Court this 12th day of January 2017.
      Amanda Lowery, Clerk
      Jackson Circuit/Superior Courts
Attorney for Plaintiff
Jeffrey J Lorenzo # 10019-36
Lorenzo & Bevers
Attorneys for Plaintiff
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN  47274
(812) 524-9000
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Speak Precisely And Don’t Be Homo-phobic

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

A homonym, as Mrs. Lewis’ CHS English students will no doubt recall, is a word that sounds like another or perhaps is spelled the same as another but has a different meaning.
And homonyms are one of the reasons English is so difficult to learn. That and when to use lie, lay laid, lain have always been difficult for me.
Their and there, for and fore, meet and meat, hear and here are homonyms however, Southern Hoosiers, far and fire are not homonyms. At least, they are not supposed to be pronounced alike.
But some of the more confusing aspects of the Southern Hoosier brand of English we use to communicate is when two words are spelled the same but pronounced differently.
Take these homonymic examples for instance:
•We must polish the Polish furniture.
•He could lead if he would get the lead out.
•The farm was used to produce produce.
•The landfill was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
•The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
•This was a good time to present the present
•A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
•When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
•I did not object to the object, for I was being objective.
•The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
•The bandage was wound around the wound.
•There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
•They were too close to the door to close it.
•The buck does funny things when the does are present.
•They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.
•To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
•The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
•After a number of injections my jaw got number.
•Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.
•How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
•I had to subject the subject to a series of tests on various subjects.
It was usually the subject of high school English where Mrs. Lewis’ students subjected themselves to her knowledge as well as subject to frustration trying to comprehend such a confusing subject.