Republicans and Democrats cast ballots for the candidates they preferred in contested races in Scott County on Tuesday, June 2.
On the Republican side, Randy Julian was nominated for the District 1 County Commissioner seat with 686 votes over David Bruck with 546 and Lynn Robinson with 460.
Incumbent Republican Commissioner for District 2 Mike Jones was unopposed in his race receiving 1,549.
In a four-person race, three Republicans were nominated for county council at-large. Running in the fall will be Eric Gillespie, 1,139; Diana Eads Mullins, 841; and Lyndi Hughbanks, 814. Clayton Gross received 771 votes.
Zach Payne received 937 votes in his bid to be the District 66 State Representative nominee over Brian Tibbs 716 votes.
In uncontested GOP races, Wendy McLain received 1,626 votes for county clerk; Lonnie Noble Sr. received 1,380 for County Coroner, and Mark Gardner received 1,591 votes for County Surveyor.
On the Democratic side, incumbent District 1 County Commissioner Bob Tobias won re-nomination with 997 votes over challengers Don Campbell (914) and Robbie Combs (350).
In the District 2 Commissioners Race, LeRoy Williams won the nomination with 1,148 votes over Mark Hays with 1,035.
Incumbent Democrats won re-nomination to the Scott County Council to run in the November election. Iva Gasaway received 1,449 votes, Mike Zollman got 1,321 votes, and Robert Peacock received 1,156 tallies. Anthony Peacock received 836 votes.
In the race for County Recorder, Sheryl Jent won the party’s nomination with 1,263 votes over Marilyn Kundysek’s 1,032 votes.
In uncontested Democratic races, incumbent state representative from District 66 Terry Goodin received 2,167 votes; county clerk candidate Denny Wilson received 1,809 votes; Missy Applegate received 1,986 for county treasurer; and Dalton Baker received 1,650 for county coroner.
Crothersville Community School Corp. officials’ efforts to gain a majority of votes to support a tax increase for the operation of the school failed to gain enough yes votes.
Vernon Township Voters were asked: For the eight calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum, shall Crothersville Community School Corp. impose a property tax rate that does not exceed 63 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation and that is in addition to all other property taxes imposed by the school corporation for the purpose of funding academic and educationally related programs, including the attraction and retention of teachers, expanding academic programs and providing support for students with special needs?
In Tuesday’s primary election, 381 Vernon Township residents voted against a referendum tax levy resolution that appeared on the ballot, while 321 voted for it.
Voters cast ballots in the June 2, COVID-19 delayed primary election in Indiana. Jackson County election results are as follows.
In the race for Jackson County District 2 Commissioner, Bob Gillaspy defeated Kenny Pfaffenberger and Dave Eggers , receiving 2,449 votes, or 49.37%. Eggers received 1,292 votes for 26.04%, and Pfaffenberger received 1,220 votes for 24.59%.
County council at-large candidates Dave Hall, John Nolting and Brett Turner defeated Woody DeZarn and Thomas Joray. Nolting received 3,144 votes for 25.04%, Hall received 2,928 votes for 23.32%, Turner received 2,443 votes for 19.46%, Joray received 2,331 votes for 18.57% and DeZarn received 1,709 votes for 13.61%.
Paul Foster defeated Ronald Cox in the race for county coroner. Foster received 2,730 votes for 56.57% of the total votes, while Cox received 2,096 for 43.43%.
Andy Ruff received the majority votes for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative District 9 with 33.67%.
Mark Cox received the majority of votes for Republican nominee for State Representative District 73 with 50.07%.
Jackson County results from uncontested Republican offices:
Governor: Eric Holcomb 4,759
Ninth District Congressman: Trey Hollingsworth 4,606
State Senator District 44: Eric Koch 3,591
State House District 65: Chris May 183
State House District 69: Jim Lucas 3,227
Jackson Superior Court I Judge: AmyMarie Travis 4,503
Auditor: Roger Hurt 4,523
Treasurer: Kathy Hohenstreiter 4,635
Surveyor: Dan Blann 4,430
County Commissioner District 2: Drew Markel 4,268
Jackson County results from uncontested Democratic offices:
Governor: Woodrow “Woody” Myers 1,602
State House District 65: Paula Staley 53
State House District 69: Jeffery W. Prewitt 1,337
Record-setting April figures released last week by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development give the clearest picture of unemployment in the southcentral region of the state caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During April the state’s average seasonally adjusted unemployment was 16.9% while Jackson County’s unemployment was 22.3% and Scott County had the highest in the area at 24.2%. The counties surrounding our area show only slight difference: Bartholomew, 18.4%; Brown, 16.2%; Monroe, 10.1%; Lawrence, 17.6%; Washington, 19.1%; Clark, 18%; Jefferson, 21.9%; Jennings, 23.3%.
Indiana’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.2% in March to a record 16.9% in April as the state’s jobs in the hospitality, manufacturing and education and health sectors disappeared almost overnight. A years ago, the April 2019 unemployment rate was 2.9% when the state’s and the nation’s economy was strong. The state’s labor force in April was 3.23 million, down from 3.27 million in March.
The data, released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, reflect numbers of Hoosiers who filed for unemployment after Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s orders for all but essential businesses to close as a way of slowing the spread of the potentially fatal virus, which so far has killed nearly 1,900 Hoosiers and infected over 32,000.
“To put the 22.3% unemployment rate in context, Jackson County had a 2.1% unemployment rate in December, 2019, and the first 3 months of 2020 saw the county with rates of 2.8%, 2.5% and 2.6%. The economy was great, but obviously the April rate demonstrates the tremendous toll COVID-19 has had on our economy,” said Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation executive director Jim Plump.
“Also troubling is that at the end of April, the percentage of manufacturing-only unemployment claims represented 69% of the total claims,” he added. “Our area is dependent on manufacturing.”
That said, however, also remember that the state’s April percentages are several weeks old, and things already are changing, Plump added
With the economy at a near standstill and Americans told to stay home except for essential travel for work and important errands, businesses furloughed workers in record numbers.
JCIDC has been hosting twice-weekly conference calls with industrial leaders in Jackson County since late March.
“While we were aware that companies were furloughing workers throughout April and early May, many of those same companies are now starting to operate and recalling those same workers,” Plump said. “In fact, we saw a slight decrease in the number of unemployment claims for the week ending May 9.”
The county economic development leader said the April numbers are only a snapshot of a date in time.
“I believe we won’t have a true sense of actual unemployment for a couple of months, which means it could be August before the numbers are accurate and reflect a true picture of what has happened as a result of the coronavirus,” said Plump
Indiana is scheduled to be “back on track” by having all capacity restrictions lifted by July 4. The state went to Phase 3 on May 22 and is scheduled to go to Phase 4 on June 14, according to backontrack.in.gov/2348.htm. Changes can and have occurred to the schedule.
Looking at a possible upside to the coronavirus caused unemployment rate, Plump said, “Over the past several years, Jackson County has lost several opportunities to attract new companies to our area because of low unemployment and the lack of workers. But moving forward we will again aggressively be marketing our area to those companies looking to expand into the Midwest.”
We reached out to Scott County officials for comment but received no response before dedline.
Jackson County organizers have joined Scott and Bartholomew Counties in cancellation their annual county fairs in light of COVID-19 and the inability to control social distancing with large crowds.
Last week the Jackson County 4-H Council, Purdue Extension Jackson County and Jackson County Fair Association decided it was in the public health interest to cancel this year’s fair scheduled for July 26 through Aug. 1 at the fairgrounds in Brownstown.
The fair began in the 1930’s and the only other time it was cancelled was one year during World War II.
With the fair having an average attendance of 130,000, it would have been difficult to meet all of the requirements set by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes required by the current guidelines include:
•Livestock would only be on the grounds for the day of their show and the barns would not be open to the public
•Food stands would be required to monitor and maintain 6 feet of social distancing in food lines as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines
•Buildings would be required to be one-way traffic only with limits to the number of people that can be in each building at one time to comply with proper social distancing
•All lines and walkways in the carnival grounds would be required to maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times
“The Jackson County Fair takes great pride in being the largest event in Jackson County and has operated at an award-winning level throughout its history,” read a statement posted on social media. “However, the current projected guidelines in which the Jackson County Fair and any live 4-H event would have to abide by make it impossible to provide the same fair experience we have been accustomed to providing.”
The Jackson County Fair is known as a place where people come to gather. This is evident in one of its nicknames, ‘The Lawn Chair Fair,’ However, a large gathering at the end of July currently poses a great deal of risk to our visitors and volunteers from all communities that come to the fair and the related churches, schools and places of work of our visitors and volunteers, officials said.
The 2021 Jackson County Fair is hoped to occur July 25-31.
The Tri-County Conservation Club will be having their first fish fry of the season this Saturday, June 6, with serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, this will be a drive-thru event. You will drive up to the porch and place your order and then park in designated areas awaiting pickup.
Call in orders will be taken from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by calling 812-820-3639.
The menu will consist of fish sandwiches, french fries, and chili.
The conservation club is located at 8705 E 800 S southwest of Crothersville.
If you need directions, get your memberships ranging from $5-$15, or want to reserve the club for rental, or have any questions, please contact Brian Karnes at 812-820-3496 or Sandra Law at 812-793-2014.