Firefighters Kept Busy With Blazes

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A detached garage shows damage from a fire at the Brenda Farmer residence Saturday morning. Firefighters were on the scene for 2 ½ hours.

~photo by Ben Spencer


The Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department was busy last week with two major fires in their jurisdiction.

Firefighters were called to the Brenda Farmer residence at 7477 S 975 E southwest of Crothersville around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, with the report of a garage fire.

According to local fire chief Ben Spencer when the department arrived “smoke was coming out the garage door and there was heavy fire inside”, he said.

Firefighters got the fire under control in about 15 minutes, Spencer said.

Damage was estimated around $40,000 to the detached garage and contents. “There was a tractor, Artic Cat Utility Vehicle, and an automobile all damaged in the blaze which is believed to have started in the block heater of the tractor,” Spencer said.

Firefighters were delayed in their response time due to heavy snow and a train passing through town at the time of the fire, the chief said.

An early Wednesday morning mobile home fire sent a Crothersville man to the hospital with burns.

Tim Combs of 506 E. Oak Street was taken by EMS to the University of Louisville Hospital burn unit for treatment, according to Spencer.

The fire chief said he was able to talk with the victim and believes his injuries are not life threatening. “He was alert and talking with rescue workers at the scene,” Spencer said.

Two other people in a mobile home were able to escape without injury. A smoke detector was credited with alerting the residents to the fire allowing them to escape. Firefighters used thermal imaging equipment to find a cat and get it out safely.

The fire was reported at 7:34 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The first firefighters responding to the scene of the fire found heavy smoke streaming out of the east end of the mobile home, Spencer said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the bathroom.

The fire was contained in about 20 minutes. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

The extreme cold temperatures were an issue for firefighters, Spencer said, and some water froze up in hoses after the fire was put out.

Spence said on Saturday that Combs suffered 1st & 2nd degree burns on his back. “He was treated at UofL Hospital and was released Friday morning,” Spencer said.





2014 Was A Record Year For Births & Deaths In County

There were a record number of births that occurred in Jackson County in 2014, according to the Jackson County Health Department vital records.

There were 805 births surpassing the previous year’s record by 32 or an increase of 4.2% over 2013’s 773 births.

There were 438 boys and 367 girls born in Jackson County last year. There were 12 sets of twins born. The record for twins being born in Jackson County was 15 in 2004.

While a record number of births took place in 2014, so did a record number of deaths. There were 436 deaths that occurred in the county last year representing an increase of 39 (9.8%) over 2013’s 397. Previously, the highest number of deaths—416—occurred in 2012.

There were 226 women and 210 men who died in the county in 2014. There were 56 deaths with residents over age 90 and 4 centenarians who succumbed in 2014.

Cancer and heart disease continue to be the leading causes of death in the county, according to local health department records. There were 86 deaths as a result of cancer and 75 deaths due to heart disease.

The third leading cause of death was respiratory and pulmonary ailments with 54.

Pneumonia was the cause of 26 deaths and stroke caused 24 deaths.

The county health department statistics go back to 1981.

Craft Show, Chili Cook-Off Saturday

A Pre-Spring Craft Show & Bazaar will be held at Celebrations at the Shoppes at Seymour this Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Southern Indiana Hispanic Services, Inc., a local not-for-profit, community agency providing services of interpretation, translation, and referrals to other resources.

In conjunction with the Craft Show, there will be a Chili Cook-Off with prizes for Best Chili and Crowd Favorite. Prizes are sponsored by Rose Acre Farms. Those interested may write David Rust at

The public is welcome to join us. Additional attractions include a train display provided by Southern Indiana Model Railroaders Assn. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

SIHS is located at 113 N. Chestnut St. Ste. #203, PO Box 49, Seymour. Regular office hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Old Phrases Remind Us Of The Way We Word

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Don’t blame me for this column. Author, speaker, teacher Richard Lederer is known for his word play and he gets the credit.

There are some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. Anyone born after the Baby Boom generation won’t get any of this.

These phrases included: don’t touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record and hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right.

Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

Like Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or “This is a fine kettle of fish!” we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinder’s monkey.

Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone? Long time ago: Pshaw. Bigger than a bread box. Banned in Boston. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century.

Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense.

I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go!

Oh, my stars and garters! It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills.

This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep core.

But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.

We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.

It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging. We can have archaic and eat it, too!

Credit Prof. Lederer for this prose.


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