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Meat Processing Plant Proposed For North Of Crothersville

A small-scale meat processing facility is being proposed to be built just north of Crothersville.
Chad Reynolds wants his White Oak Custom Meats to be built 2.5 acres of land he owns at 11220 E 500 S for the business.
“I’ve seen a need in the area,” he said. He later related that because of COVID-19 and the higher prices of beef and pork in grocery stores, individuals are looking to have their own meat slaughtered and processed. “As a result, there are long waiting lines at existing processing facilities before individuals can get in to have their meat processed,” he said. “Some area processing plants today don’t have openings until sometime in the spring of 2021.”
Reynolds, who lives just across the road from the proposed site, said his business would be a ‘just-in-time’ processor with no more than three to four live animals on premises at a time. He said the turnaround is fairly quick and animals typically aren’t there for any longer than 24 hours.
Reynolds is planning on investing around $300,000 in building and equipment and employ four workers in the beginning.
Initially, Reynolds does not plan to sell meat to the public but he plans to go in that direction in the future by buying from farmers, butchering the meat and reselling it to the public.
The facility would require periodic inspections by USDA, State of Indiana, and Jackson County Health Department to be sure we are in compliance with all food safety regulations, he said.
Last Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Jackson County Plan Commission voted 8-1 to send the proposal with a favorable recommendation to the Oct. 13 Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals for final approval. Plan Commission member Leon Pottschmidt cast the lone ‘no’ vote
The BZA meeting is set for at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the county courthouse former circuit court room and is open to the public.
The legal notices of Reynolds’ proposed project are found on page 8 of this issue of the Times and online at

Drugs, Drinking & Gun Charges Send 7 To Jail

Last week seven people were arrested on a variety of charges including drugs, alcohol & gun related charges, according to a news releases by Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
Earlier this month Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy John Hartman began an investigation on a report of illegal drug use at a residence in Austin. After completing the investigation it led to the arrest on Friday, Sept.11, of Victoria Wilson, 51, of Austin on an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance, and new charges of possession of a syringe, and two counts of possession of marijuana.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Corporal Charlie Morgan and Deputies Chris Bowling, Zach Brown and Nathan Holland responded in rural Scott County on a report of a shots being fired. Their investigation led to the arrest of two people.
Timothy Weddle, 41, of Henryville was arrested for public intoxication, possession of marijuana, a Scott County warrant for failure to appear in court as well as a warrant from a Clerk County court.
Bobby Porter, 46, of Underwood was arrested for criminal recklessness armed with a deadly weapon, pointing a loaded firearm, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, Corporal Charlie Morgan and Deputy Zach Brown along with officers from the Austin Police Department responded to residence in Austin. The officers’ investigation led to the arrest of two people for drug related charges.
Kristy Madden, 41, of Austin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
Jason Turner, 45, of Austin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, battery and intimidation.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, First Sergeant John Hartman was dispatched to observe for a reckless driver coming into Scottsburg on State Road 56. The deputy pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the reported vehicle and his investigation led to the arrest of two people on a variety of drug charges.
A passenger in the vehicle, Derick Carder, 32, of Hanover, was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and an out of county arrest warrant.
The driver of the vehicle, Justin Jones, 32, of Madison, was arrested for driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, public intoxication and maintaining a common nuisance.
All were lodged in Scott County Jail.

No Cost Site Visit To Inspect For Invasive Plants

Jackson & Scott County property owners can receive free assistance in identifying and advice on controlling invasive plants growing on their property.
Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM) has worked alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to combat invasive plants and raise public awareness of the devastation caused by these non-native pests. It has became clear that the problem of non-native invasive plants must be addressed at the local level through local people using local resources.
To coordinate efforts, SICIM and the NRCS signed an agreement to develop local Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas throughout Indiana. SICIM then created the Indiana Invasives Initiative (III) project to implement the agreement. Through the III project, a team of 6 Regional Specialists employed by SICIM actively work at the county level with local conservation agencies to develop new CISMAs and provide technical assistance to landowners.
Kaila Knies the Regional Specialist serving Jackson and Scott counties along with Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Washington, Crawford, Orange, Lawrence, Spencer, Perry, Pike, Gibson, Warrick, Vanderburgh, and Posey counties is now starting to book landowner surveys for this fall.
Included in this technical assistance to landowners is a no-cost invasive plant survey of their property. Many landowners have noticed that non-native invasive plant species are overtaking their lands, crowding out native plants and making it difficult for wildlife to thrive. The good news is that you don’t have to face these battles alone.
Anyone who owns or manages land will have to deal with these plants. The regional specialist will come to your property and identify invasive plant species, write a brush management plan, and give you information on how to best control the invasive species specific to your property.
All social distancing protocols will be followed. If you would like to schedule a survey contact Knies by email at or by phone at 812-631-7913.

Clerks Announce Election Deadlines, Early Voting Locations

With the Nov. 3 General Election less than six weeks away, county clerks in Jackson and Scott County, remind residents of approaching deadlines.
The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election is Monday, Oct. 5.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Oct. 22.
Residents can register or request an absentee ballot online at or by calling the county clerk’s office. In Jackson County, the clerk’s numbers are 812-358-6120 or 358-6117. In Scott County, the clerk’s office number is 812-752-8420 and ask to speak with Missy or Patty.
Jackson County Early Voting
Jackson County residents can vote early in-person at locations in Seymour and Brownstown.
The Jackson County Judicial Center, 109 S. Sugar Street in Brownstown will have early voting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6-30.
Early voting in Seymour will be in the former Superior Court Building at 1420 Corporate Way Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6-30
Both locations will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 12. Both locations will be open for Saturday voting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 & Oct. 31. There will be early voting from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 2 at both locations.
Scott County Early Voting
Early voting in Scott County will be at the Scott County Public Library located at 108 S. Main Street in Scottsburg Oct. 6 to Nov. 2. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early voting is closed for lunch from noon till 1 p.m.
There will be early voting on Saturday on Oct. 24 & Oct. 31 during the same hours.
Voting and all government offices are closed October 12 for Columbus Day
All early voting locations will require wearing masks and social distancing.

Scared Spitless In The Graveyard

by Curt Kovener

I don’t like to get scared. I’m not talking about the anxiety you feel waiting in the dentist’s office or that initial worry when you look in your mailbox to see a letter with a return address to the Internal Revenue Service or that feeling of sudden panic when you are hurrying home in the car and when it is too late, notice that a police car is parked off to the side looking for traffic violators like you. And I guess we are all getting accustomed to the threat of COVID-19 and most of us are taking proper precautions to lessen our chances of being a statistic.
Most of those are all unavoidable, lump in the throat, knot in the stomach facets of life. What I don’t is the all is quiet, you’re minding your own business “BOO!!” kind of fright. Whether the scare is intentional or not, I sometimes go ballistic after someone surprises me unexpectedly.
Now spiders and snakes don’t bother me. If you hunt and fish or work in the woods, you’re going to encounter a few of them. They are expected, but that still doesn’t keep my heart from skipping a beat or two when I see one lying along a trail where I am about to take a step.
I don’t like to intentionally scare myself and so have never watched any of the slasher horror films…or any other in that genre, for that matter. Today’s life is scary enough.
In the 1990’s when I was the township trustee, one of the responsibilities of the trustee was maintenance of township cemeteries. A childhood friend had succumbed to injuries from an earlier in the year car accident and her family wanted her to be buried in Gorrel Cemetery, about a mile or so east of Crothersville.
The cemetery had been mowed about three weeks prior and didn’t look bad but I thought was due for a trim for my high school chum’s services, So I took my push mower to tidy up the graveyard and be alone with my thoughts on my departed friend.
Gorrel Cemetery is a very peaceful resting place situated just inside a wooded area. Some of the tombstones show birth dates back into the 1700’s. Many of the carvings are ornate with dates of death in the 1860’s, shortly after the community of Crothersville was founded.
Being interested in local history, as I pushed the noisy mower past the multitude of grave markers I had a chance to read who was buried there and wondered what kind of life story they could tell.
I had recently been in a community theatre production of “Spoon River Anthology” which takes place in the graveyard of the community of Spoon River. Those buried there rise up to tell brief snippets of the humorous and tragic, bland and exciting aspects of their life in Spoon River.
Push mowing can be somewhat mundain and I was all alone and lost in thought contemplating what Spoon River stories those resting beneath might tell when, as I turned the mower around to make another pass, I looked up and there was a man standing next to a grave at the entrance of the cemetery.
I shut off the mower and tried to slow my now trip hammer heart. Then local fire chief Steve Murphy, who wanted to talk to the trustee on a fire department matter, apologized explaining that he knew I would be startled when I saw him.
“But I figured you would have been even more instant heart attack prone had I walked up behind you as you mowed in the cemetery and tapped you on the shoulder,” he wisely reasoned at the time.
I agreed and we shared a hearty laugh over the incident.
I write about this nearly 30-year-old event because Steve’s obituary is on the back page of this edition. My long-time but not-so-old friend was buried Saturday in Uniontown Cemetery, not so very far from where Chief Murphy caused me to be scared spitless.