Local Department Kept Busy With Fire, Vehicle Accidents

Volunteers with the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department were kept busy last week with a house fire and three auto mishaps.

Firefighters were called to the home of Alicia Howard at 623 N 1240 E in the northern part of the township at 3:01 a.m.

Fire chief Ben Spencer said when the department arrived flames were showing on the porch and front of the dwelling. “We were able to get it knocked down quickly and firefighters entered from the rear of the home to keep the fire from spreading,” said the chief.

There was flame damage to the front porch living room and front bedroom and smoke damage in the rest of the house, Spencer reported.

He said the state fire marshal’s office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were called to investigate the cause of the fire.

He said five firefighters were on the scene from 3 to 7 a.m. They received assistance from Jackson-Washington Fire Department. No estimate of damage was available.

Last Wednesday evening, June 24, the department was called to a 5-vehicle accident on I-65 in the construction area in the northbound lane between Uniontown and Seymour. Spencer said there were two semi tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles involved in the chain reaction accident at 4:48 p.m. last Wednesday, June 24. Though two people were flown by helicopter from the scene, the chief said no one had life threatening injuries. He credited Crothersville Police Chief Richard Hanlin with being one of the first on the scene and removing an infant from a rear infant seat from one of the more severely damaged vehicles, Spencer said.

“It took us and Seymour Fire Department another hour to extricate the baby’s mother from the crumpled vehicle,” Spencer said.

The accident closed the interstate for about 5 hours, he said.

A little after 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, the fire department was called to the same area in the southbound lane when a single car rollover accident occurred.

No serious injuries were reported in the mishap.

On Friday afternoon, June 26, at 4:30 p.m. firefighters were called to State Road 250 each of Uniontown near the county line with a single vehicle down an embankment.

CHS Class Of 1970 To Hold 45th Reunion

The Crothersville High School Class of 1970 will hold a 45th reunion on Saturday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the home of Gary and Peggy (Henry) Densford, 9338 S 950 E, Austin.

The event will be a double pitch-in; class members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts to pitch-in as well as some cash to pitch-in to pay for burgers and hot dogs to be grilled. Members should bring their own beverage.

For more information contact Dan Dailey at 812-525-4054.

Public Notice


Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Crothersville Water Utility

July 2015

We’re pleased to present to you this year’s Annual Quality Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source consists of three (3) wells ranging in depth from 64 to 85 feet and 16 to 42 inches in diameter. The wells are drilled into a confined aquifer.

We’re pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. No detected contaminants were found in our drinking water supply.

If you have any questions concerning your water utility, please contact Crothersville Town Hall at 111 East Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana. The telephone number is 812-793-2311. The facility is owned by the Town of Crothersville. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the following number: 812-793-2540 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, storm water runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemicals, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive materials, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791. Special Note on Lead: If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children., Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Our system is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 21 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead

A complete review of all testing performed on our utilities water can be seen at the Crothersville Utility office, 111 East Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and until noon on Wednesday. Crothersville Water Utility works to provide top quality water to every user. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, so that Crothersville residents may enjoy a safe and healthy water supply.

Crothersville Water Utilities

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The Town of Crothersville requests proposals for the fee contingent provision of grant administration technical assistance services appropriate to the implementation of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.

A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), Selection Criteria, and Ranking Criteria is available from Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229, or by calling (812) 793-2311 during regular business hours, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM or Wednesday from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Following are the criteria and weight for evaluating proposals: Similar Program Experience (30 pts), Full Range of Services (25 pts.), Past Record Performance (20 pts.), Time Capacity Limitations (15 pts.) and Proposed Fee (10 pts.).

Proposals must be received at the above address by close of business Friday, July 17, 2015, or they will be returned unopened. Federal affirmative action and equal employment opportunity provisions apply to this project, and there is a 10% MBE/WBE goal.

Contact the Crothersville Town Hall for additional information regarding the proposed CDBG project during regular business hours at (812) 793-2311.

Ardell Mitchell

Town Council President

Town of Crothersville

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A Week They’d Like To Forget…But Won’t

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

To say that Gov. Mike Pence and conservative Republicans had a bad week last week would be an extreme understatement. And the irony isn’t lost that the Supreme Court decisions came just a week before Independence Day.

First the highest court in the land upheld (again) the Affordable Care Act often referred to as Obamacare. Two days later the same Supreme Court upheld same sex marriage and made it the law of the land in all 50 states.

Both decisions have conservations howling and seething. It was amusing to hear the Governor, invoke the conservative chestnut, and lament the “activist judges” on the court. The decisions were particularly painful to conservatives because of the staunch conservative leaning of the highest court. It no doubt is akin to the time my aunt gave me whipping and first made me go cut the switch.

Conservatives never liked ACA and sought at every opportunity to overturn, change or defund healthcare for Americans who could not afford it. They wanted something different but never put forth their alternative version of healthcare for all.

I submit that the real political reason the GOP was so adamantly opposed to ACA is that they knew from history, if the people get government benefits, they will quickly learn that they like them and the opposition party will be loathe to take them away.

Such as it was in the 1930’s with Social Security. Even then, conservatives railed for years against the financial safety net for the elderly at the government’s expense. But elected officials learned that the elderly liked their monthly checks and to mess with Social Security is the third rail of politics.

I am a beneficiary of the ACA, just like a lot of Hoosier conservatives who are quietly breathing a sigh of relief after last week. Without it, I could not afford health insurance. Thumb through the newspaper and see the news business is great; the ad business stinks.

And why should we rail against government subsidies for healthcare to make it affordable when we have homestead exemptions for homeowners, tax abatements for business, government assistance to build roads and infrastructure for communities, and USDA payments for farmers?

On the matter of same sex marriage—which with the Supreme Court’s decision now is simply marriage—conservatives and some Christians loudly opposed it on religious grounds.

The Pence pushed RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) put Indiana in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Even after high profile business and industry told the governor it would harm their ability to hire the best workers, Pence pursued and signed the legislation to allow businesses to deny selling goods and services to same sex couples.

When business and conventions threatened to leave the state, a legislative ‘fix’ only perpetuated Indiana as the laughing stock of the nation.

Now with the most recent Supreme Court decision allowing marriage for all, conservative Christians are vowing to continue the fight. But I submit the push is to preserve and force their way of thinking on a younger generation that culturally has passed them by.

Using words of anger and vows of continuing the fight have left some Christians saying and doing some un-Christ-like things. Perhaps they should be less concerned about doing the Christian thing and more concerned with being a follower of Jesus who said “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”


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