COVID-19 Cancels Scott County Fair

While Gov. Eric Holcomb’s phased-in re-opening of the state economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic was expected to impact the Scott County Fair, fair officials made it official at their meeting on Tuesday, May 19.
The fair, planned for June 21-27, will not happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Holcomb’s phased-in opening schedule.
The governor’s orders for June 14-July 3 stated “Large events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals and parades” remain closed.
The fair is another of area’s early summer community events which was waylaid by the pandemic. The Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival, planned for June 11-14, was cancelled by organizers as was the July Fireworks community celebration in Austin.
While the Scott County Fair will not take place this year, stand alone events were promised and will be announced as they are scheduled, it was noted.

Scott County Sheriff Seeking Old Evidence Owners

If you have had things stolen and recovered by law enforcement, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin wants to give your personal property back. But you have to prove you own it.
“The county jail’s evidence room is full to near overflowing,” said Goodin. “And we have been storing items, in some instances, for over 20 years.”
According to a legal notice published in today’s Times, the sheriff is seeking the owners of various types of firearms and other personal property that the authorities recovered and the sheriff’s office has held for evidence in court cases. The sheriff sought and received permission from Prosecutor Chris Owens and Circuit Court Judge Jason Mount to dispose of evidence held for cases from 1999 to 2011.
“But first we want to find the rightful owner so we can return their property,” said Goodin.
“Twenty years is a long time and perhaps residents may have forgotten that we were keeping their recovered property for court cases,” said the sheriff. “Here is your reminder that if we have been holding your property, we want to give it back.”
Residents will have 30 days to file a notice of claim of ownership with the sheriff or circuit court, according to the legal notice. Proof of ownership can be documentation of filing a police report or a court action that resulted in the personal property being held by authorities.

Dr. Eric Fish Named President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center

Eric Fish, MD, MBA, has been named the new President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center upon the retirement of Warren Forgey on Aug. 31 later this year.
“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Fish 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. Dr. Fish is the right leader to carry forward the aspirations of this organization.”
Dr. Fish brings over 15 years of leadership experience at Schneck, including Medical Director of Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology, President of the Schneck Medical Staff, Chairman of the Board of Managers for Inspire Health Partners, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, and most recently, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence Schneck has placed in me to lead our organization into the future,” Dr. Fish said. “There are great challenges ahead for those of us in healthcare and I welcome them. Backed by the highly capable and dedicated team members of this organization and by our outstanding physicians, I look forward to continuing to build on the excellent foundation Warren has created in leading our efforts to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Dr. Fish earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He joined the medical staff at Schneck in 2005 and founded Schneck Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2006. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In 2013, he received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Vallonia Father Arrested for DWI, Child Neglect

Indiana State Police Sergeant Tracy Spencer arrested a Vallonia man Wednesday, May 20, after finding him passed out behind the wheel on I-65 traveling with his infant child.
Around 9:50 p.m. Spencer was patrolling I-65 northbound near Scottsburg when he observed a vehicle stopped along the right side on the interstate with its flashers on. The officer stopped to check, and upon approaching the driver’s side of the car, saw the driver either asleep or passed out behind the wheel. The driver’s nine-month-old son was standing on his lap, crying and banging on the window.
After several attempts, Sgt. Spencer was able to wake the driver, Derek W. Ribelin, 34, of Vallonia.
Ribelin appeared to be intoxicated, and Sergeant Spencer also observed an open alcoholic beverage container sitting on the passenger’s seat.
Scottsburg City Police and Scott County Deputies arrived to assist, and Sergeant Spencer continued the investigation, which included Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a preliminary breath test with a result of .136 BAC.
Ribelin was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital where blood was drawn. Officers who remained at the scene also located a loaded pistol in the driver’s side door pocket.
The infant was taken by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital for observation and released to the biological mother.
Ribelin was incarcerated in Scott County Jail on the following charges: driving under the influence with passenger less than age 18, neglect of dependent, possession of marijuana, and possession of a handgun without a permit.

In Memory Of A Man I Never Met

by Curt Kovener
(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments archives.)
This column for post Memorial Day weekend is being written from the woodland wilderness. Many of these meanderings are inspired here, but this one for this time seems particularly appropriate.
It seems we rarely have light rains anymore. When it falls, it falls in five-gallon bucketfuls. But the upside is that when the precipitation is over, it is truly peaceful to be listening to the creek babble below the back deck and the various woodland birds engaged in some competitive songfest. The woodland symphony is soothing to the soul.
I was fortunate and privileged to purchase this woodland retreat over two decades ago from the widow of Marvin Meyer, a man I never met but over the years have gotten to know.
Marvin was a building contractor who in the mid-1970s, while I was occupied with college classes, he carved out a lake site, built a home and outbuildings in the forested hills and valleys in the middle of Hoosier National Forest of northwest Jackson County.
Over the years and multiple remodeling projects, I have discovered how Marvin left his mark on the place. I suspect he was an independent and possibly cantankerous sort. Maybe that is why I feel some kindred spirit.
In renovating the bathroom, bedrooms and living room over the years, I have found some peculiarities of different wood and construction technique and would inquire not expecting an answer “What were you doing here, Marvin?”
I suspicion he was a bit of a tightwad as some framing and rafters showed signs of being used lumber recycled into his home. I suspect that much of this abode was built using leftover lumber from his other contractor building projects. But there is nothing wrong with being frugal as it is yet another reason I feel a connection with the builder.
Some years back while cleaning our some shelves left in the basement, I came across a note pad and a flat contractor’s pencil. Both were imprinted “Marvin Meyer – Building Contractor – Freetown, Indiana”. I have put them up for safekeeping and a historical memento of significance probably only to me. It was a gift offered up, I suppose much like the Native American arrowheads and spearpoints I have found at the woodland wilderness.
I’ve often marveled at Marvin’s sense of adventure and courage to clear then construct a half-mile driveway through the woods to build a house in the secluded, hilly acreage. Some of the base material used in the gravel drive was used brick from a building demolition. There’s our kindred reuse, recycle, tightwad attribute again.
While he undoubtedly spent quite a bit of time developing this place of solitude, he didn’t get to enjoy it.
I was told that he was putting the final touches on the home when he ran out of some finish nails. He straddled his motorcycle and made his way toward Seymour.
In a particularly hilly area of State Road 258, as a group of bicyclists pedaled west, a car pulled out to pass the group and right into the path of Marvin’s motorcycle. He was killed instantly.
Recently I did what I had long wanted to do: I sought out and found the woodland retreat’s constructor’s resting place.
The stone says simply: Marvin Meyer 1933-1977. As I stood at his grave, I introduced myself and added “though you probably already know me from some of my earlier conversations.”