Covid Grinch Steals Community Christmas Events

The spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jackson and Scott County has resulted in planned traditional holiday events to be cancelled.
Holiday parades and events in Crothersville, Austin and Scottsburg have all been cancelled this year due to rising number of COVID cases and advice from medical and health departments.

Fatal Fire In Austin

Fatal Fire Scene

Indiana State Police detectives and crime scene investigators are conducting a death investigation after an early morning house fire in Austin last week.
Shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17, the Jennings Township Fire Department and Austin City Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire at 45 N. 4th Street in Austin. When firefighters and officers arrived, they found the front of the residence on fire and a utility shed located in the front yard completely engulfed. After extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a body in the charred remains of the utility shed.
ISP detectives and crime scene technicians responded and investigated the case throughout the morning and afternoon, along with investigators from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Austin Police Department, and the Scott County Coroner.
The deceased has been identified as 41-year-old Paul Ray Collins of Austin.
The home is owned by Marshall E. Miller of rural Austin in southern Vernon Township in Jackson County.
This investigation remains ongoing, and no official cause for the fire or cause of death has yet been determined. Indiana State Police Sgt Carey Huls said an autopsy Collins body was completed early Friday afternoon and no foul play is suspected. A toxicology report is pending.
ISP detectives and crime scene technicians were assisted by the Jennings Township Fire Department, the Austin City Police Department, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and the Scott County Coroner.

Fire Station Planned For Northern Vernon Township

The Vernon Township Fire District is planning to construct an additional fire station along US 31 in northern Vernon Township, according to a legal notice published in this week’s Times.
The fire district has a signed purchase agreement to buy a 5-acre parcel, located at 334 S US 31, for $86,000.
“That is if the county BZA approves our request for a special exception,” said Lynn Howard, president of the Vernon Township Fire Protection District.
Howard said that if the BZA approves, the fire district hope to build a 2 or 3 bay pole building on the property to house both fire and medical first responder vehicles.
The home that is currently on the property, owned by Matthew Napier, would be razed to make way for the new fire station.
Howard said that the fire district has been looking for a location in the northern part of the township for sometime. “But finding adequate acreage along US 31 that wasn’t farm production ground and that was affordable was a challenge,” he said.
Howard said that when completed, the station will decrease fire and medical response times to areas north of Uniontown.
“We are seeing growth not only in housing in that part of the township but also with the number of calls for fire and medical first responders,” said Howard. “We already have a number of volunteers who live in the northern part of the township and this will allow them to respond to emergencies quicker.”
Howard said that an added benefit of the additional fire station is that property owners north of County Road 100 South to the northern boundaries of the township should see a reduction in their home and fire insurance premiums.
“The insurance industry will lower fire ratings if a responding fire company’s station is within five miles,” Howard said.
The hearing before the Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the old circuit court room on the second floor of the courthouse.

Rural Austin Woman Sentenced To 14 Years For Dealing Meth

Shelle Brooks, 49, of Austin was sentenced on Friday to 14 years for dealing methamphetamine. She will serve eight of those years in an Indiana prison and will have six years of probation after her release, according to Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens.
On June 11, 2019, officers with the Scottsburg Police Department were conducting an undercover purchase of methamphetamine of a suspected drug dealer. The original target of the operation advised that he was out of methamphetamine, but was going to have more delivered soon. Later, according to Owens, the original target received an additional supply of methamphetamine from Shelle Brooks and another individual.
When police searched Brooks’ vehicle, officers located several baggies containing 15 grams of methamphetamine and a set of digital scales which are commonly used in the sale and delivery of methamphetamine and other controlled substances, Owens said.
Brooks entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced Friday by the Judge Jason Mount.
“People who sell drugs in our communities destroy lives and tear apart families. Our community is sick and tired of
people making a profit off of the suffering of others.” Said Owens. “Our office is dedicated to making sure that people who sell drugs are held accountable for their actions.”

First, You Get A Turkey…

1st Graders Share Recipes For Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dish
In an annual Thanksgiving tradition, the Times presents first grader recipes for the holiday meal. We thank teachers from Crothersville Kara Lucas and Ashley Spicer for their help with this writing assignment.
We again reached out to first grade teachers at Austin Elementary for their students’ participation but received an email declining to be included as “we do not have as much time to get things done in class right now.”

Apple Pie Colton B.
You cut the apples up and put them in a pan. Then put apple stuff on them and put them in the oven for 10 minutes. Then you put it in the fridge.

Steak Ian P.
You grab it and put it in the pot or something and let it cook. Then you have to take it out and you can eat it.

Turkey Foster I.
You fry it in the fryer for 16 minutes. Then you cut it and you eat it.

Turkey Draven B.
Usually my momma roast a turkey. She puts the turkey in the oven for like 10 or 20 minutes.

Pineapple and Ham Kyson F.
I made it. You just put pineapple on the ham. And you put sauces on it.

Turkey & Gravy Emery C.
Oh that is hard. I like two. Gravy with special sauce that mommy makes. I don’t know how mom makes the sauce. It’s a different kind. I think you need gravy and well I’ll do something easy. A few things of gravy. It’s not the clear gravy like we have at school, it’s the brown gravy.
I like lots of turkey. No skin and a bit hard. I like it a little bit like hard pieces. Not the big fat side; but the skinny side.

Noodles Kingston Mc.
Cut them up and put sauce in it. Put peas in it and cook it for about 10 minutes. You can wait for it to cook. Then you eat it.

Turkey Quinn H.
I think my mama puts stuff around it. You know, like thanksgiving food. Put it in the oven for 14 minutes because I don’t want it to burn up.

Turkey Hazel L.
You get a turkey out and defrost it. You wait for it too melt and put it in the oven for 10 minutes or so. We put some salt on it to make it taste tasty.

Turkey Lukas B.
You cook it in the oven for a lot. Uh, 20 hours to cook.

Mac & Cheese Delyla S.
Let me remember first. First my mom gets the mac and cheese packet. Next she opens it up. She puts the cheese in. Next she cooks it up. Hmm, I think 2 ½ minutes. Next one it’s done. She puts the milk in it. And the exciting part, me and my brother and my whole family eat it up.

Potato Soup Kathryn B.
We chop up potatoes and then we put them in a bucket and chop up carrots and onions. Then we put it on the stove for 11 minutes. Then wait and stir it. Then it is ready.

Turkey Eliza P.
Well you have to have a turkey thing and put it in the oven. Sometimes you have to cook it for an hour. I don’t know. I haven’t made it for a long time.

Turkey Jase P.
I have no idea. Just put it in the oven for like 15 minutes.

Macaroni and cheese Tyson Bush
Get noodles and macaroni and cheese. Put them in a bowl. Cook them for 15 minutes. Get them out of the oven. Eat them!

Chicken Delaney Smith
Put it on the stove for 2 minutes. Put some sauce on the chicken. We cut it up. Then eat.

Chicken Gibson Niehause
Put it in the oven for 10 minutes. When it dings we take it out and then we eat it.

Ham Avery Walker
Put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Take it out and let it cool down. Cut it. Put it on plates. Eat it!

Turkey Kennedy Webster
We shoot a turkey. Then we take it home. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Then get it out of the oven. Then we put gravy on it. Then put it on the table. Then we eat it!

Macaroni Hayden Fink
You get the macaroni shells and cook it for 20 minutes. Then you take it out. Then put cheese on it. Let it cool down and then eat it.

Turkey Dayven Stanton
Cook it for 10 minutes at Mamaw Dawn’s house. Eat it!

Turkey and Ham Nichalas Caudill
Go buy it from the store. I think we put it in the oven for half an hour. We eat! Then I take leftovers to my room and eat and watch movies.

Turkey Bree Riley
Put it in the oven and cook it for like maybe 1 minute. Then you eat it!

Turkey Malakai Dowden
Make sure that you catch a turkey. Put it in the freezer and microwave some cheese. That’s it.

Turkey Blayklee Toler
Catch it! Put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Take it out and eat it!

Turkey Greyson Helt
Put it in the oven for 16 minutes. You get it out and then you eat when everyone is here.

Turkey Harper Ruzicka
Go to the woods and get a turkey. Cut it open and bake for 15 minutes. Take it out and put it on the dinner table.

Turkey Brice Strong
Put it in a pan for 10 minutes. Take it out. Put it on a big plate and cut the turkey up. We eat this on Thanksgiving.

Turkey Jared Peavler
Take off the legs and put a little bit of seasoning on it. Put it in the oven for about an hour almost. Then cut it into slices and eat it up.

Mashed Potatoes Brielle Durham
We put potatoes in a bowl then week cook them for maybe 31 minutes. Then we just eat it.

Green Beans Aubrey Quillen
You grow them. Water them when you are going to cook them. Wash your hands before you touch them. Put them in the pot. Then you put them in the oven. Then it says ding. Then let it cool so its not too hot. Then when it is done cooling down you put them in a bowl or plate. That’s all!

Brutally Honest Observations From Just A Brutal 2020

by Curt Kovener

•Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a beautiful tradition where families and friends join together to raise America’s obesity rates.
•I am a person who wants to do a lot of things, trapped in the body of a person who wants to sleep a lot.
•You know you’re officially lost when you turn down the car radio and take off your sunglasses.
•NoVinophobia: the fear of running out of wine in quarantine.
•I can tell today is going to be a “doesn’t play well with others” kind of day.
•I wish more people were fluent in silence.
•Whoever invented autocorrect should burn in hello.
•I used to be a people person…but people ruined that for me.
•The next time you think about taking up jogging remember Proverbs 28:1 “the wicked run when no one is chasing them.”
•I finally stopped drinking for good. Now I drink for evil.
•The fact that there’s a highway to hell and only a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
•Always give 100%…unless you’re giving blood.
•The best nicknames are the ones people don’t know they have.
•People who tolerate me on a daily basis: they’re the real heroes.
•I know right from wrong. Wrong is the fun one.
•I don’t treat people badly. I treat them accordingly.
•I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.
•I was hoping for a battle of wits, but you appear to be unarmed.
•Think. It’s not illegal yet.
•Lying through your teeth does not count as flossing.
•I don’t like to make plans for the day because words like “premeditated” get thrown around in the courtroom.
•What doesn’t kill you just gives you a lot of unhealthy coping mechanisms and a really dark sense of humor.
•I’d like to thank my middle finger for always being there, sticking up for me all those times when I needed it most.