Crothersville’s Mackenzie Farmer Named County’s DAR ‘Good Citizen’

MacKenzie FarmerCrothersville’s Mackenzie Farmer was recently named the Fort Vallonia Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of Jackson County.

Members of Fort Vallonia Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, gathered on March 12 at the Seymour Masonic Lodge for dinner and the presentation of the awards. Each of the five participating Jackson County high schools selected the Good Citizen for their school.

Judges chose Farmer, a senior at CHS and daughter of Ed & Kristie Farmer, as the county winner.

Her entry was forwarded to the Indiana State DAR for the state competition.

Other Good citizen candidates included Amanda Stuckwisch, Brownstown Central High School; Kiana Thompson, Medora High School; Daniel Hauersperger, Seymour High School; and Seth Patterson, Trinity Lutheran High School.

The chapter honored all five of the candidates for being selected to represent their schools. One of the requirements for the awards was for each student to write an essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: What Does Our Past Tell Up About Our Future?”

All five students read their essays to the gathering.  The other requirements were a review of their qualities of good character, emphasizing Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism in their schools and communities, as well as their Scholarship.

The DAR Good Citizen program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  It is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their State Boards of Education.

Each county entrant receives a pin, a certificate, and a wallet card indicating that each is the DAR Good Citizen from their school, and a small award from Ft. Vallonia chapter.

8 Arrested On Drug, Felony Warrants

In an ongoing effort to get drug dealers and users off the street, law enforcement authorities made eight arrests last Wednesday incarcerating persons from Jackson, Scott and Clark Counties on a variety of charges. Indiana State Police officers have arrested 25 individuals on numerous warrants in the past six weeks.

ISP officers as well as officers from the United States Marshals Service, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Austin City Police Department, and Scott County Community Corrections were involved in the arrests.

One of the individuals arrested last week received additional charges after police found him in possession of prescription pills and a handgun.

Arrested were:

Jackson McGinnis, 42, 4559 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine. McGinnis was in the Scott County Jail for a separate drug charge.

Brandy Ann Neace, 32, 5535 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine. Neace was arrested at her residence and was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Michael White, 51, 733 Mann Avenue, Austin, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. White was on Home Incarceration and GPS Detention at the time of his arrest. White was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Joe Gay Jr., 58, 219 Paulana Avenue, Austin, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. Gay was arrested at his residence and was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Jesse Bobb, 34, 1532 Morning Side Drive, Seymour, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. Bobb was arrested at the Seymour Police Department and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Jerry Ray Stacy, 39, 267 South 2nd Street, Austin, was charged with possession of hypodermic needle, driving while suspended, false informing. Stacey also received new charges at the time of his warrant service after being found in possession of controlled substances and a handgun. He was also charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance. Stacy was arrested at his residence and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Larry Eugene Huff, 40, 267 South 2nd Street, Austin, was arrested for parole violation, and being a fugitive from justice. Huff was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Taria L. Riley, 33, 5535 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg, was charged with parole violation, and being a fugitive from justice. Riley was arrested at a hotel in Sellersburg and was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail.

CHS Alumni Banquet Is May 16

Invitations have been sent for the Crothersville Alumni Association Alumni Banquet on May 16 at the Crothersville Community Schools Cafetorium with the doors opening at 5 p.m.

This year’s honored classes are 1965, 1990 and the upcoming graduates of 2015.

The dinner will be catered by the Jackson County Mission Group with a menu of bourbon chicken with rice, beef and noodles, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, cobbler, sugar free cheesecake and drinks.

For more information or for those who haven’t received an invitation contact Dawn at 812-530-6367 or email or Tracy at 812-498-4448 or email

Rural America: It’s Complicated…Really Complicated

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

For those who don’t know or prefer to think otherwise, we live in rural America. Whether you read this in Jackson, Scott, Lawrence, Jennings, Washington or Brown County you are in RURAL America…whether you like it or not…whether you believe it or not.

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute, New York Times and Fox News, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much of rural America.

The other narrative is woven by small town boosters. They point to new demographic data showing 30-49 year olds returning to small towns. They talk with passion about new businesses and housing shortages.

The challenge is, neither narrative is wholly accurate. The truth is far more complex. The fatalists, caught in a crisis mind frame, are wrong. Rural America will not return to a vast buffalo commons anytime soon. Meanwhile, the boosters lead with great local successes while brushing over underlying trends.

To build a vibrant small town future in America, we must understand clearly what challenges we face and where emerging opportunities exist.

Many small towns, like Crothersville, are losing population, yet young families moving in often cannot find attractive housing. Much small town infrastructure, like roads and streets, is in decline, but contractors, plumbers and electricians have more work than they can handle.

Everyone likes to live, work and visit in a clean environment. Perhaps that can be a starting off point for small communities like Crothersville. Taking pride in your home, your business, your street and doing some early spring cleaning and pick-up…even if it isn’t your responsibility.

Is there some fall and winter debris clogging a ditch culvert or drain along your street or road. Sure it is someone else’s responsibility but it could behoove everyone if you were the somebody who went the extra mile and cleared the drain away so the coming spring rains can drain away.

And as you walk down town for shopping and see some little, a paper cup or some ubiquitous plastic shopping bag, it’s not your job but pick it up and put it in a trash can for disposal.

If others see you being responsible for cleaning up the town, they will join in. Maybe not immediately, but they will join in and do their part as well.

America’s small town reality is complex. Some places thrive, others struggle. And in every small town there is a mix of success and challenge. Understanding these dynamics is the only path to a vibrant future.

Brian Depew for the Center For Rural Affairs assisted with this column.

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

Public Notices

Crothersville Schools Annual Performance Report Information 2014-2015





CAUSE NO. 36C01-1503-EU-26




In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.

Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Tina Wheeler was on the 13th day of March, 2015, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of James R. Dutchess, deceased, who died intestate on January 9, 2014.

All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the Office of the Clerk of this court within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.

Dated at Seymour, Indiana, this 16th day of March, 2015.

Amanda Lowery

Clerk of the Circuit Court of

Jackson County, Indiana

Attorney for Estate:

Jeffrey J. Lorenzo


218 West Second Street

Seymour, IN 47274

Phone: (812) 524-9000

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On or about July 31, 2015, the Town of Crothersville intends to apply to the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant Program. This program is funded by Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. These funds are to be used for economic development, public facilities, and housing developments. The purpose of this application shall be for an Aging in Place Housing Rehabilitation grant program to assist homes within the corporate limits of Crothersville, Indiana.

The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Crothersville Senior Center, located at 114 E. Main Street, Crothersville, IN, to provide citizens an opportunity to express their views on community development and housing needs, past community development and housing activities, and the proposed new owner occupied rehabilitation grant program. In previous years, 2001 and 2011, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for Homeowner Repair and Improvement program activities. In 2010, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for a sanitary sewer project. In 2014, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for a Comprehensive Plan.

Records regarding the account of these beneficiaries and funds are available from the Crothersville Clerk-Treasurer, 101 W. Howard St., Crothersville, Indiana. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared and is available to the public. The application will be available for review and comment on July 24, 2015.

Information concerning the proposed development may be obtained from the Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 812-376-9949, 748 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m.).

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Notice is hereby given that the Board of School Trustees of Crothersville Community Schools (“Board” and “School Corporation”, respectively) on March 11, 2015, executed on behalf of the School Corporation, a Second Amendment to Lease (the “Second Amendment to Lease”), amending a Lease dated December 15, 2000 (“Lease”) between the School Corporation and the Crothersville 2000 School Building Corporation (the “Building Corporation”), as amended. The Second Amendment to Lease permits the (i) refunding of a portion of the Building Corporation’s First Mortgage Refunding Bonds, Series 2005, and (ii) the construction of all or a portion of the following improvements: repair and replace roofs; update school technology infrastructure including school safety and security infrastructure (e.g., door locks); renovation of physical education locker rooms; and renovation and/or replacement of the HVAC system for improved efficiency and student comfort, all to the Junior/Senior High School and Elementary School of the School Corporation (collectively, the “Project”). The Second Amendment to Lease extends the term of the Lease to January 5, 2030. Approval and execution of the Second Amendment to Lease were made following the publication of notice and a public hearing made and held in accordance with Indiana Code 20-47-3-9.

Dated: March 11, 2015.

Board of School Trustees of

Crothersville Community Schools

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