9 Arrested After Austin Drug Sweep

A sweep of alleged drug dealers in the Austin area resulted in nine arrests last Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The multiple arrests were the result of an undercover operation conducted by Indiana State Police Detectives in the Austin area over the last several months. ISP troopers, along with Austin City Police Officers and officers from the U. S. Marshal’s Great Lakes Region Fugitive Task Force, arrested seven people who were allegedly dealing in controlled substances, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin. Two others were arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance, he said.

Arrested were:

•Claude Holt, 62, of 917 West York Road, Lot # 51, charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

•Jerry D. Pelston, 47, of 1211 Kenwood Drive, three counts of dealing in a controlled substance.

•Lloyd McNear, 43, of 1301 West York Road, Lot #106, charged with two counts dealing in a controlled substance.

•Roger D. White, 55, of 221 Michael Drive, Scottsburg charged with dealing methamphetamine and dealing cocaine.

•James A. Coomer, 46, of 1103 West York Road, charged with dealing in a controlled substance and dealing methamphetamine.

•Glenn M. Fields, 59, of 1317 N. U. S. 31, Austin, charged with dealing controlled substance.

•Kathy Jo Babcock, 40, of 1103 West York Road, charged with dealing methamphetamine and dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance.

•Tyler D. Fields, 24, 1317 N. US 31, Austin, charged with visiting a common nuisance.

•Nina O. Jackson, 18, 1222 West Kenwood Drive, Austin, charged with visiting a common nuisance. All were incarcerated in Scott County Jail.

Crothersville Pre-School Screening Feb. 17

Crothersville Elementary will hold Pre-School Screening for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Children must be four years old on or before Aug. 1, 2015 in order to attend pre-schol classes beginning next school year.

Preschool will have two classes Monday through Thursday 8 to 11 a.m. & noon to 2:45 p.m.


Warren Forgey Named President, CEO At Schneck Medical

Warren Forgey, CPA, MHA, has been named the new President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center upon the retirement of Gary Meyer on April 3 later this year.

“We are so fortunate to have Warren lead Schneck Medical Center,” said Rick Smith, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “His talents, expertise, and vision will ensure Schneck continues to grow, evolve, and bring leading medicine to the communities we serve. This is a critical time in healthcare and how we navigate the path ahead is determined by the people who lead the way. Warren is the right leader to carry forward the aspirations of this organization.”

Forgey brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Schneck, including Executive Vice President of Fiscal Services & Business Development, Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Operations Officer.

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence Schneck has placed in me to lead our organization into the future,” Forgey said. “There are great challenges ahead for those of us in healthcare and I welcome them. Backed by the highly capable and dedicated staff of this organization and by our outstanding physicians, I look forward to continuing to build on the excellent foundation Gary has created and leading our efforts to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Forgey has been instrumental in advancing patient-focused care at Schneck, including leading its most recent expansion and renovation project highlighted by a state-of-the-art Cancer Center, Outpatient Care Center and Emergency Department.  Under his leadership, Schneck has earned a debt rating of “A” from Standard & Poor’s and a rating of “A+” from Fitch Ratings.

The Passing Of A Friend

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

I lost a columnist at the newspaper shortly after the first of the year. Many readers of this column will remember there were times that Charley, my yellow Labrador Retriever “took over” penning a few columns. And he was the subject of more than a few writings.
He came to the newspaper in 2006 after being rescued as a 3-year old.
His manners sometimes left a lot to be desired and he would test my patience in attempting to teach him basic obedience. But when he was on a leash, he was a gentleman content to walk beside me. Given the freedom to roam the wilderness retreat was another thing entirely.
He was a paradox. As a retriever, he loved plunging into the lake or running hell-bent-for-leather in the creek gobbling up mouthfuls of water. But he absolutely avoided going outside into the rain. He would tolerate a bath but before he would be entirely dry he would sneak off to wade in the muddy, mucky shallows of the lake.
He was always a healthy eater, whether it be dog food, people food, or the various parts and offals found in the wilderness. And deer and turkey poop are to be included in his epicurean enjoyment. And as a result of his wilderness diet, he was flatulent…VERY flatulent.
When I would go out to pick blackberries in the summer, Charley would go with me and end up eating all of the low hanging fruit he could find. I believe he ate more than I could ever pick. And he would sneak into the garden to grab a ripe tomato before I could pick it.
I began nicknaming him “Pre-Rinse” because he enjoyed licking the dinner plate or ice cream bowl when I was finished. The sound of metal fork or spoon scraping the last morsels on the plate or bowl would bring him to my side and copious drooling began. The only way to turn off the waterworks would be to let him lick the bowl.
Very early on we bonded and he became my dog but suffered from separation anxiety if I put him in any doggie daycare on business trips. He would bark and drool and carry on until I returned. But I could leave him along all day in the house or office with nary a peep of concern.
He began to slow down a couple of years ago due to arthritic hips. For the past year, I would have to help him into the back of my mini-SUV. But he was always ready to go…anywhere and everywhere. He was my frequent traveling companion when I traveled to Kentucky to complete some inspection work.
At our family Christmas this year Charley was not himself. And everyone noticed. I took him into his vet and after tests, found out his red blood count was low and his white cell count was high meaning he was anemic somewhere and had an infection.
After hearing a list of what all could be done I held up my hand that wasn’t being used to pet him. “He’s an old dog, like me,” I said. “Sometimes the cures are worse than the disease. What can we do to help make him comfortable for what time he may have left?”
The three pills prescribed did help to make him comfortable. He especially relished the Vienna Sausage which hid his pills.
But shortly after New Year’s he became more lethargic, his eyes stared blankly, he was worn out and, I believe, was telling me: it’s time.
He was too weak to get up so I picked up my former 110-pound puppy and carried him to the SUV for that final ride to the vet. I was surprised at how much he didn’t weigh.
In the office, as if to reassure everyone that it was his time to pass, he threw up which contained considerable blood.
Dr. Kristin gave him a shot to sedate him and I reminded him of all of the good times, mischief, and aggravations he provided me.
He gave me a final sigh as if to let me know he had a good time with me and that everything was going to be fine.
The Saturday I allowed compassion and mercy to let my friend move on to where there was no pain, it was raining heavily. I opted to have him cremated. And when the ground thaws, I intend to bury him next to the creek where he so enjoyed to play. And I will transplant a blackberry bush next to him so he can enjoy some summer snacks.
He was just five days shy of his 12th birthday…84 in people years.

Public Notices

The contents of storage Unit 49, formerly rented to Lois D. Jones, at the Crothersville Handie Self Storage on Marshall Drive in Crothersville will be opened and contents disposed of as a result on non-payment of rent on Saturday, February 7, 2015 unless prior arrangements are made.
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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 9, 2015 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:
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.
The person so nominated must be a member in good standing and must reside in the district up for election that year.
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 2, 2015.  The nomination shall be mailed or delivered to the “Election Committee”, 1119 West Spring Street, Brownstown, Indiana 47220.
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 2, 2015.
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 1 (Salt Creek Township); District 2 (Hamilton Township); and District 3 (Redding Township and the North one-half of Washington Township).
If you have any questions about the nomination process, feel free to contact the corporation office at 812-353-3654.
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