Local Covid-19 Statistics

As of Monday, April 20, COVID-19 has 12,097 confirmed cases in Indiana. That is up from 7,928 for the previous Sunday, April 12. There have been 642 deaths more than doubled the 343 deaths statewide on Sunday, April 12.
There have been 67,264 Hoosiers tested for the virus up from 42,489.
In Jackson County there have been 98 confirmed cases up from 70 cases a week prior. There have been 455 people tested, up from 262 tests performed in the previous week. No deaths have been reported in Jackson County.
In Scott County there have been 25 confirmed cases, up from 17 the previous week, 251 tests performed up from 137 the previous Sunday. Two people have died as of April 20.

Coronavirus Peak In Indiana Now Predicted For Early May

Governor Extends Stay-At-Home Order To May 1

State officials pushed the projected peak of COVID-19 cases in Indiana from this week to early May, crediting a lower than expected rate of infection to Hoosiers “hunkered down” at home and flattening the curve of the disease’s spread.
Analysts now predict the surge will hit Marion County in late April and the rest of the state in early May.
But Dr. Troy Abbottt of Anderson said the gathering of families for church on the Easter would likely cause additional infections.
“We’re still in the woods,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in extending his Stay At Home order until May 1 “But the good news is that we can see the clearing ahead. And it’s only because of the efforts we (Hoosiers made in) managing that surge.”
Holcomb said he would review by the end of this week his executive order closing down non-essential businesses. The order is set to expire near the end of the month.
“And what we do know is we need these essential businesses, whether it’s meat or medicine, to be up and running. We can’t allow ourselves to fall in a situation where our national supplies are threatened,” Holcomb said, following news of a coronavirus outbreak at a South Dakota meat processing plant.
Kristina Box, the state health commissioner, cautioned against reading too much into low infection numbers from the holiday weekend but said the revisions of the predicted peak reflected successful social distancing.
“What this also means is that we can’t relax our guard; social distancing is still absolutely critical to our overall goal,” Box said.
Nationally, President Donald Trump has pushed to reopen businesses as quickly as possible, which health experts warn could bring a second wave of the virus.
“I think the president has Hoosiers’ best interest in mind. I don’t think he wants, nor do I, to act prematurely by getting back to work,” Holcomb said. “We have to be able to respond in real time to what those actual needs are, so we’ll continue to work with the (Trump) administration as we have.”
Holcomb and Box both stressed that their executive orders and COVID-19 peak predictions might not match orders and projections from the Trump administration.
“I think our surge doesn’t match up with theirs because our surge predictions are based much more specifically on Indiana numbers alone,” Box said. “I really do believe that we have not seen the peak of that surge yet. But I do believe it will be a lot lower, which is the result of very strict guidelines and requirements that we’ve had for social distancing in the state.”
Holcomb said the state’s coronavirus infection numbers over the next few days, as well as conversations with governors of bordering states, would inform his decisions moving ahead.
“We don’t want to … make a call prematurely and go through this again,” the governor said. “That would be even worse.”

Nature At Home

Activities To Help Families Stay Connected to the Natural World, Even from Home

“These are uncertain times – but one thing is always true: we need a connection to the natural world,” said Liz Brownlee, Executive Director of Oak Heritage Conservancy.
The Oak heritage Conservancy has nature preserves all around southeast Indiana, but in response to Covid-19, their nonprofit has cancelled all in-person events. Still, they still wanted to help people spend time in nature.
“Getting out in nature helps us all feel calm and find some joy. The world is coming into full bloom right now, and taking time to look for wildflowers or find a tree that’s just budding out— well, these things reassure us that some things in our world are constant. Plus, time outside helps us burn off some energy and have fun!”
Oak Heritage wants everyone to find that sense of joy in nature, so they are providing projects that nature lovers of all ages can do from home.
“Our members and volunteers still wanted to feel connected to each other and to nature,” said Brownlee.
Each week, they post a new project to their website, www.oakheritageconservancy.org, and to their Instagram and Facebook pages.
So far, activities have included a wildlife tracking detective game, a DIY birdfeeder building project, and a craft project that challenged families to connect over social media and build a tree together, from afar. All of these past projects are still available on the website for. New ones are posted weekly. They are free for everyone to enjoy, including Oak Heritage members and the general public.
“Of course we can’t wait to start hosting programs at our nature preserves again,” says Brownlee. “We love it when you come and take wildflower walks, look for butterflies, and ramble through old growth forests. But until we can all gather outside together again, we hope these Nature at Home projects let you learn about nature, feel a sense of calm and joy— and have some fun outside.”

Deputies Arrest Two For Drugs

An Underwood man was arrested for the second time in two months on drug charges last week. On Monday, April 13, Deputy Johnney Coomer made a traffic stop in rural Scott County. His questioning led to the arrest of Daniel Goetzinger, 32, of Underwood, for possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, resisting law enforcement and violation of the governor’s Stay At Home order.
On Feb. 21 Goetzinger was arrested at his home for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery on a police officer, possession of stolen property and maintaining a common nuisance
Also on April 13, Deputies Coomer, John Hartman and Skylar Thompson checked a suspicious vehicle parked on Slateford Road in rural Scott County. Their investigation led to the arrest of Camren Zanier, 24, of Austin for dealing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and violation of the governor’s Stay At Home order.

It’s Like A Brushfire

by Curt Kovener

Back in the day…better make that WAY back in the day when I was a first responder on the volunteer fire department, we would get called out to put of grass fires, field fires and woods fires. And there were times that, using what was tantamount to a mudflap on a shovel handle to smother flames, when turning around the fire that we thought was out was flaming again and racing across the ground. Residual embers rekindled the fire.
An infectious diseases expert at Baylor College of Medicine said that the same can be said for COVID-19, and we need to do everything that we can to prevent a rekindling of the disease.
“We don’t know what it will look like after this initial wave,” said Dr. Robert Atmar, professor of infectious diseases at Baylor. “We don’t know whether one or more subsequent waves will occur and cause additional or annual epidemics. We don’t yet know what the pattern will be.”
The goal of flattening the curve by quarantining and social distancing is to decrease the rate at which people are infected so that the healthcare system can manage the number of cases. However, flattening the curve doesn’t necessarily mean that we can decrease the total number of people who are ultimately infected.
After flattening the curve, those of us who are at risk for getting COVID-19 will still have the same risk of getting the disease. Flattening the curve will not impact the disease severity.
So it’s important to not get in a hurry about opening up the economy. Social distancing measures need to stay in place even after South Central Indiana hits its Coronavirus peak, predicted for sometime in May, in order to keep the curve flat.
And it may take several attempts at keeping the curve flat. One advantage of flattening the curve multiple times is that it will give the medical experts time to development a treatment and a vaccine to prevent Coronavirus.
Atmar said he hopes for a vaccine or treatment by the time a second or third wave occurs, but currently there are no proven effective treatments. Please read that again…a second or third wave and currently no effective treatments!
The more we learn about the virus as time goes on, the measures that we need to take to prevent and treat it will be better refined. If ‘normal’ activities resume too quickly, there is a danger that the virus could begin spreading again, he said. “Just like a brush fire.”
“Social distancing, wearing masks and hand hygiene are the only measures available to protect us from infection until we have a vaccine,” Atmar said. “The key is that it’s not going to be business as usual once we get past the hump.”
An analogy most southern Hoosiers will understand: this disease is not like a windstorm or snowstorm that once it is over we can all go out, clear the tree limbs or shovel the sidewalk and get back to normal life. It is like a brush fire that could reignite again and burn us.

LEGAL NOTICES

2020 JC County Tax Rates

LEGAL NOTICE
VOUCHER TO BE PRESENTED TO SCOTT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Court Claim to be approved 5/6/2020
American Judges Association, 175.00; Celesta Satterwhite, 327.25; Jason Mount, 50.00; Marsha Owens Howser, 50.00; Quill Corp., 373.45; The Office Shop, 389.60; Thomson West Payment Ctr., 3,551.74
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Notice is hereby given that Jackson County, Indiana, acting by and through its Board of Commissioners, will receive bids at the Office of the Auditor, Jackson County Courthouse, Brownstown, Indiana, until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, for the 2020 Community Crossing Resurfacing Program.
At the hour of 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 all bids for this work will be opened and read aloud in the Jackson County Courthouse at 111 South Main Street, Brownstown, Indiana.
Bids shall be unit price for all work called for in the contract documents and submitted on the forms prescribed including and submitting on the forms prescribed including the State Board of Accounts For No. 96 (Revised 2009).
The bidder must file with their sealed bid, a certified check or bid bond in the amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid, payable to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The above check or bid bond is to ensure the execution of the contract on which such bid is made.
The contractor to whom the work is awarded will be required to furnish, before commencing work, a performance, maintenance and payment bond in the amount equal to the bid price of the contract awarded to said contractor, and certificates of all insurance required by specifications.
The contract documents are on file for public inspection at:
Jackson County Highway Department
360 South County Road 25 East
Brownstown, Indiana 47220
A copy of the contract documents may be obtained at the County Highway Department at no charge to the contractor. Any questions should be directed to Jerry Ault, County Highway Supervisor, at 812-358-2226.
The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informality in the bidding process.
Jackson County Auditor
Kathy Hohenstreiter
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LEGAL NOTICE
State Of Indiana
County Of Scott
In The Scott Circuit Court
Case NO.: 72C01-2004-EU-000012
IN RE: The Estate Of William Shirley, Jr., Deceased.
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Notice is given that Wilma Sue Shirley was on April 9, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of William Shirley, Jr., deceased, who died on March 15, 2020. The Personal Representative is authorized to administer the estate without Court supervision.
All persons who have 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 the 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: April 9, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
KERRY THOMPSON
HOUSTON, THOMPSON and LEWIS, PC
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
Telephone: (812) 752-5920
Facsimile: (812) 752-6989
Supreme Court ID #840-72
Attorney for the Estate of William Shirley, Jr .
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LEGAL NOTICE
In The Circuit Court
For The County Of Scott
State Of Indiana
IN RE: The Unsupervised Estate Of:
Stanley E. Everett , Deceased.
Cause No. 72C01-2003-EU-0010
NOTICE OF UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION
In the Circuit Court of Scott County, Indiana. Notice is hereby given that David A. Everett was on the 1st day of April, 2020 appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Stanley E. Everett, deceased, who died testate on the 21st day of March, 2020.
All persons who have claims against the 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 the 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 Scottsburg, Indiana this 2nd day of April, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
Daniel L. Brown,

23523-49

Daniel L. Brown Law Office, P.C.

62 Public Square

P.O. Box 338
Salem, Indiana 47167
(812) 883-3200
Attorney for Personal Representative
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LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
In the Scott Circuit Court
Cause No. 72C01-2003-GU-011
In the matter of the Guardianship of Ava Rayne Martinez
SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION
The State of Indiana to the person names as Respondent and any other person(s) who may be concerned:
Pursuant to the Praecipe for Summons by Publication filed by the Petitioners, you are hereby notified that you have been sued in the Scott Circuit Court by the person names as Petitioners. The nature of the suit is a civil action wherein the Petitions Helena Annette Spicer and Kenny Edward Brown, are seeking guardianship over Ave Rayne Martinez.
This Summons by Publication is specifically directed to the Respondent, Juan Andrew Martinez, father, whose whereabouts are unknown. You must answer or otherwise respond to the Petition in writing, by you or your attorney, on or before thirty (30) days from the date that the last Notice of this action is published, and in the event you fail to do so, Judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded by the Petitioners in the Complaint.
If you have a Claim for Relief against the Petitioners arising out of the transaction or occurrence that it the subject of the Petitioners’ claim, you must assert it in your written answer.
The name and address of the attorney representing the Petitioner is John F. Dietrich, 63 West Wardell Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170.
Dated this 23rd day of March, 2020.
Missy Applegate
Clerk
Scott Circuit Court
John F. Dietrich
Attorney at Law
63 West Wardell St
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-2344
Attorney I.D. No: 14224-53
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LEGAL NOTICE
State Of Indiana
County Of Scott
In The Scott Circuit Court
Case No: 72C01-2003-EU-009
In The Matter of The Unsupervised Administration of the Estate Of John E. Leonard, Deceased
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
Notice is given that Krista J. Leonard was, on April 6, 2020, appointed Administrator of the Estate of John E. Leonard, deceased, who died on January 28, 2020.
All persons who have 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 the 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: April 6, 2020 in Scottsburg, Indiana
Missy Applegate
Clerk,
Scott Circuit Court
T. Michael Carter

14475-98

Attorney At Law
37 South First Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-1000
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that on April 8, 2020, there was tendered for filing with the Federal Communications Commission an application for assignment of license of broadcast station WJAA from MIDLAND MEDIA, INC. to SOCIAL BUTTERFLY MEDIA, LLC. WJAA operates on FM channel 242. The sole officer, directors and 10% or greater stockholder of assignor is Robert Becker. The officers, directors and 10% or greater stockholders of assignee are Rebecca and Brent Schepman. A copy of the application and related material is on file for public inspection at www.fcc.gov.
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LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Case No: 72D01-2003-MI-011
In the Matter of the Petition of Ashley Michelle Cox for Name Change
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
Notice is hereby given that Ashley Michelle Cox has filed in the Scott Superior Court, a petition for change of name to Ashley Michelle Hardin.
This petition will be heard and decided no sooner than thirty days for the last date of publication.
Dated: April 3, 2020
Marsha Owens Howser
Judge
Scott Superior Court
Greg S. Morin

30045-49

Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck
308 West Second Street
PO Box 657
Seymour, IN 47274
812-522-4109
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LEGAL NOTICE
State Of Indiana
County Of Scott
In The Scott Superior Court
Cause No. 72D01-2004-MI-12
Nationstar Mortgage, LLC d/b/a Mr. Cooper,
Plaintiff,
vs.
Stacy L McGuyre, not individually, but as personal representative of the estate of Dorothy J. Carson; and the estate of Richard P. Nutting,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SUIT
The State of Indiana to the Estate of Richard P. Nutting:
You are notified that you have been sued in the Court named above.
The nature of the suit against you: Declaratory Judgment and Equitable Subrogation on the following described real property:
ALCORN FARM DIVISION TRACT 3, being a part of the Southeast Quarter of Section 35, Township 3 North, Range 8 East, Lexington Township, Scott County, Indiana and being more particularly described as follows:
Commencing at a 5/8″ Rebar found marking the East 1/4 Corner of said Section 35; thence South 00º 21′ 43″ West, 792.50 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 89º 19′ 04″ West, 1814.42 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found and the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence North 43º 17′ 40″ East, 446.97 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 82º 03′ 17″ West, 381.41 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 61º 11’ 15″ West, 341.06 feet to a Mag Nail found in State Road #356; thence with State Road #356, South 56º 13′ 32″ West, 67.37 feet to a Mag Nail found; thence leaving State Road #356, South 32º 57′ 49″ East, 600.44 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence South 89º 19’ 04″ .East, 9.39 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 3.836 acres, more or less, and subject to all legal rights-of-way and easements.
ALSO CONTAINING the following 50 foot wide ingress/egress and utility easement, the centerline of which is described as follows:
Commencing at a 5/8″ Rebar found marking the East 1/4 Corner of said Section 35; thence South 00º 21’ 43″ West, 792.50 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 89º 19′ 04″ West, 1814.42 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found and the POINT OF BEGINNING of the easement; thence with the centerline of the 50 foot wide easement the following four courses, South 00º 39′ 29″ West, 266.70 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 89º 20′ 31″ West, 352.08 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 24º 29′ 55″ West, 317.47 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence continuing North 24º 29′ 55″ West, 399.15 feet to a MagNail found in State Road #356 and the terminus of the 50 foot wide easement.
ALSO CONTAINING the following 40 foot wide ingress/egress and utility easement, the boundary of which is described as follows:
Commencing at a 5/8″ Rebar found marking the East 1/4 Corner of said Section 35; thence North 87º 34’ 13” West, 21.02 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 89º 20’ 31″ West, 1506.83 feet to a 5/8” Rebar found and the POINT OF BEGINNING of the boundary of said 40 foot wide easement; thence North 11º 56′ 31″ West, 22.82 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 87º 49′ 34″ West, 392.92 feet to a Mag Nail found in State Road #356; thence with State Road #356, North 33º 13′ 27″ East, 46.69 feet to a point; thence leaving State Road #356, South 87º 49’ 34″ East, 400.00 feet to a point; thence South 11º 56′ 31″ East, 62.95 feet to a point; thence South 11º 56′ 31″ East, 141.10 feet; thence South 02º 40′ 31″ west, 342.26 feet; thence South 43º 17′ 40″ West, 74.80 feet; thence North 46º 42′ 20″ West, 40.00 feet; thence North 43º 17′ 40″ East, 60.00 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; thence North 02º 40′ 31″ East, 322.33 feet to a 5/8″ Rebar found; North 11º 56′ 31″ West, 144.91 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING.
Grantors hereby reserve utility easement of 501 in width as measured from the centerline of the state road for roadway expansion on the front; and 20′ in width as measured from the lot line on the sides and in the back of the lot for utilities.
Commonly known as: 9585 East Amos Lane, Lexington, IN 47138.
You must respond within thirty (30) days after the last notice of this action is published and, if you fail to do so, judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, Equitable Subrogation, Unjust Enrichment, and for Other Relief.
This notice by publication is specifically directed to the above-named named defendant.
If you have a claim for relief against the Plaintiff arising from the same transaction or occurrence, you must assert it in your written answer. You must answer the Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, Equitable Subrogation, Unjust Enrichment, and for Other Relief in writing, by you or your attorney, on or before the 5th day of June, 2020, (the same being within thirty (30) days after the third publication of this Notice of Suit) and if you fail to do so a judgment will be entered against you for what the plaintiff has demanded.
KRIEG DEVAULT LLP
/s/ Scott J. Fandre
Scott J. Fandre (#27681-71)
Krieg DeVault LLP
4101 Edison Lakes Parkway, Suite 100
Mishawaka, Indiana 46545
Tel: (574) 277-1200
Attorneys for Nationstar Mortgage LLC d/b/a Mr. Cooper
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