141 Properties On Jackson County Delinquent Tax Sale List

There are 141 properties with delinquent taxes that could be sold at an auction at the Jackson County courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 10 a.m., according to a legal notice ad on page 5 of the print edition of the Crothersville Times as well as in the Times online edition at www.crothersvilletimes.com.
Real estate on which property taxes have not been paid for 18 months are eligible to be offered for sale by the county for back taxes.
During the October auction, properties will be offered for late taxes and auction fees with a minimum beginning bid.
After the auction, the property owners have up to a year to ‘redeem’ or pay the successful bidder for his bid plus interest, according to Jackson County Auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter.
In the first six months, to redeem a property an owner must pay 10% of the minimum bid and 5% per annum for any bid amount over the minimum bid. After six months, the interest goes to 15%.
In this day of less than 1% savings accounts and 1.5% CD’s, many investors participate in tax sales as a way to earn better returns on their money.
Residents interested in bidding on the tax sale should register online at http://legacy.sri-taxsale.com/Tax/Indiana/Registration/.
Bidders should arrive the morning of the tax sale at least 30 minutes before the beginning time to be assured to receive your bid number before the start of the sale.
Bidders should bring their registration form and W9 form with you the morning of the tax sale. You will be able to print these forms from the registration web site, according to Jackson County Treasurer Roger Hurt.
Residents with property on the delinquent property tax list have until the day of the auction to pay the back taxes and have the property removed from the auction’s sale list.

County Clerks To Begin Mailing Absentee Ballots Sept. 18

Jackson & Scott County Voter Registration Clerks said that absentee ballot applications continue to be sent out from her office as they are received.
The ballots for the Nov. 3 general election will be mailed out beginning Friday, Sept. 18 to those who have requested absentee ballots.
Ballots will continue to be mailed to those who have applied every day our office is open until Oct. 22.
County clerks are receiving record numbers of absentee ballot requests due to COVID-19.

State Mandated Sewer Work Will Mean Nearly $50 Rate Hike

For over 15 years sewer utility customers of the town of Crothersville have read about the coming rate increase that is a result of the state mandated Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) designation.
Crothersville was one of 106 communities that had sanitary sewer and surface storm water being sent to the wastewater plant for treatment. During times of heavy rain, too much water flowed to the plant to be treated. Some combined sewer and storm water bypassed the plant leaving raw sewage to flow towards the Muscatatuck River west of town.
The state Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) mandated that the town fix that problem. For nearly two decades the town negotiated with IDEM on a workable, practical solution.
Earlier this year the town council found out the cost of eliminating the town’s CSO designation: renovations that cost over $6.4 million.
Earlier this summer the council also learned the town was approved for an OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) grant of $700,000 to use toward the project.
And at last week’s town council meeting, sewer ratepayers now know their cost in the state required sewer upgrade.
According to Steven Brock of rate consultants Therber Brock of Indianapolis, Crothersville sewer customers should brace themselves for a nearly $50 monthly sewer rate increase.
Brock provided a calculation based on financing the $5.688 million project (after grants are deducted), and obtaining a hoped for 3.23% State Revolving Fund loan for 35 years. The monthly cost of repaying that loan per utility customer using 4,000 gallons will be around $76.50, up from the current $29.79 monthly cost.
Without any grant money to offset the financed amount, ratepayers would have seen a sewer bill approaching $100 each month.
“Of course, everyone’s bill will be a bit different since water and sewer bills in Crothersville are based on consumption of water,” said town council president Danieta Foster. “Use less; pay less.”
The proposed sewer rate increases are expected to take effect in early 2021, Brock said.
It was noted that Crothersville has a combined water-sewer-trash collection-recycling-and storm water bill making it difficult to compare rates with other communities and utilities that charge just for water or just for trash pick up.

9 Jailed On Drug Charges; Traffic Stops Uncover Meth & Fentanyl

Five Scott County residents were sent to jail on the same day for a variety of drug related offenses in three separate incidents on Monday, Aug. 31, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
When Corporal Johnney Coomer attempted to conduct a traffic stop in rural Scott County, the driver of the motorcycle refused to stop. After a brief pursuit the deputy apprehended Tyler Jackson, 28, of Lexington.
After his investigation, Coomer arrested Jackson for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement on foot, altering a vehicle identification number, possession of methamphetamine, driving while suspended, possession of a syringe, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of criminal mischief.
Deputies Skylar Thompson and Jessica Dickey and Corporal Coomer were called to a Scottsburg hotel later that evening on a report of drug use. The authorities made contact with the two occupants of the room. Their investigation led to the arrest of the pair on drug related charges.
William Hamby, 33, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
Charly Young, 23, of Austin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance.
Later that same night at the same hotel, Corporal Coomer and Deputy Jessica Dickey went to another rented room on a report of drug use. Their investigation led to the arrest of two more people for drug related charges.
Jacqueline Koch, 28, of Scottsburg was arrested for unlawful possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance.
Nicholas Ferguson, 29, of Austin was arrested for possession of a syringe, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, First Sergeant John Hartman and Deputies Jessica Dickey, Jamie Royce and Dilan Campbell made a traffic stop in rural Scott County. Their investigation led to the arrest of Scott Todd Cope, 32, of Lexington for possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana and driving while suspended.
Deputies confiscated approximately 30 grams (a little over an ounce) of methamphetamine and other drug related items, Sheriff Jerry Goodin said.
Just after midnight, Deputy Skylar Thompson made a traffic stop in rural Scott County and was assisted by Corporal Coomer and Deputy Jessica Dickey. Their search and investigation led to the arrest of three people on drug and gun related charges.
Austin Bogan, 25, of Lexington, was arrested for possession of a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia, possession fentanyl, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
Nicholas George, 18, of Jacksonville, FL, was arrested for possession of a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia, possession of fentanyl, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance.
Byron Miller, 28, of Lexington, was arrested for possession of a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia, possession of fentanyl, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance.
During the traffic stop deputies located approximately 5.5 grams of Fentanyl, approximately a half of a pound of Marijuana, over $1,000 in cash and two guns.
Sheriff Goodin praised the efforts of the Scott County Deputies. “Their work in attacking the drug dealers, especially in this case with seized fentanyl, saved lives not only in Scott County, but wherever this stuff could have ended up,” said Goodin. Adding that the quantity seized was enough to kill over 2,000 people

Baptist Church Offers Weekly Breakfast For Students & Parents

The Crothersville First Baptist Church will be serving breakfast each Wednesday morning during the school year to any student and their parents. Serving begins at 7:20 a.m. and there is no charge to eat.
There will be no seating available. Rather this will be a curbside pick up per Covid-19 guidelines,
First Baptist Church is located at 408 E. Howard Street and serving will be from the basement.

Maybe It’s Snake-tember?

by Curt Kovener

There is an old, dead sassafras tree about a foot in diameter at its base that fell and hung up in a neighboring tree about 15 years ago here in the wilderness. It’s about 10 feet from the screened-in porch and we have watched birds, blue-tailed skinks, mice and chipmunks climb and play in and out of holes provided by woodpeckers looking for insects to eat.
It was cocktail time last Wednesday evening and Becky & I were discussing the day’s events and what our tomorrow had in store. Suddenly she pointed over my right shoulder to the old dead sassafras saying “Oh My Goodness Gracious!” (not a direct quote but something to that effect.)
I get up from my comfortable cushioned wicker patio chair to see a 5’ rat snake winding its way up the tree about 20’ off the ground. We watched the nature show for several minutes as Mr/Ms Snake poked its head in a variety of woodpecker holes sniffing for the rodents they like to eat.
We encourage and do not harm rat snakes and their cousins black snakes up here in the wilderness as they devour a lot of varmints we prefer not living with us in the house.
Apparently there is a hole on the far side of the sassafras tree as the snake, ever so slowly, disappeared into the hollow(?) tree. Maybe seeking food. Maybe seeking shelter for the night.
It was an interesting Wilderness nature show and I share this with you because as nights begin to cool this month, and we are all secluded in our homes because of COVID, you too may be visited by a snake seeking food and shelter.
Remember to be kind.