Property Taxes Due Monday

Jackson County Treasurer Maria Fisher reminds taxpayers that the Fall installment of this year’s property taxes are due Monday Nov. 10, 2014
Payments made in the treasurer’s office must be in the form of cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check.
Taxpayers can also pay at any of The Peoples Bank branches or at State Bank of Medora with their tax statement. Payments are accepted online at www.jackson-tax.net or by calling (800) 809-584 there is a 2.95% processing fee.
Payments postmarked or made in person after November 10 will automatically incur a penalty.
Fisher said questions regarding property assessment should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 812-358-6111; regarding your tax rate, exemptions or deductions to the Auditor’s Office at 812-358-6122 or questions on tax payment to the Treasurer’s Office at 812-358-6125.

Luedeman, Hillenburg, Spicer Elected To School Board

Voters for Crothersville Community School Board elected former local teacher Linda Luedeman to the school board of school trustees defeating incumbent Andrew Nehrt. Luedeman gathered 472 votes to Nehrt’s 235 to win the District 2 seat.

In District 3, incumbent Ralph Hillenburg defeated first time candidate Geoffrey Walker 390-302.

Robert Spicer was unopposed in his bid for the District 5 seat winning 530 votes.

 

Local Veterans Day Observances Planned

The Crothersville VFW Post #1083 will hold a Veterans’ Day observance at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Post.
Following the observance soup and sandwiches will be served.
The Crothersville FFA will also be hosting a Veteran’s Day convocation on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the CHS gymnasium. There will be the Indiana FFA Officer team speaking as well as musical selections from the CHS Chorus and Band.
The public is encouraged to attend either of these events to honor local veterans who have served our country.

Dudleytown Church Serving Harvest Dinner Sunday

Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dudleytown will be having their annual Harvest Festival & Bazaar from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 9.
On the menu will be turkey, ham and all the trimmings. Dine in or carry-out is available for a free will donation.
The church is located south of the junction of SR 11 and SR 250.

How Much Do You Want To Be Known?

by Curt Kovener

We all want our privacy. But should we pick & choose what’s private & what’s not?

There are some folks who put their lives, their family and their travel plans up on Facebook for durn near everyone to see. But even then, it is only what the poster wants to have read, but they have already given up a portion of their right to privacy.

After all, whose fault is it that you tell everyone of your plans to fly to Florida for Christmas and when you return home find your home broken into and valuables taken? While you didn’t invite thieves in, you told them you wouldn’t be home for the holidays. Sort of a tacit “ya’ll come”.

Since the late 1990’s when Indiana became a market value in use state for property tax assessments, we have published real estate sales disclosures because what your neighbors sell their property for can impact your property tax assessment. Some readers-whether buyers or sellers-have told us they consider that information private. But the state of Indiana has said sales prices are a matter of public record.

Recently, the Indiana court of Appeals ruled that causes of death listed on death certificates cannot be kept secret. While some may consider that an intrusion (and we do not intend to begin publishing such information) but for health reporters having access to causes of death could be of benefit to public health.

For instance, what if it was learned that a particular neighborhood or community had a higher incidence of a particular disease than the rest of the state? Wouldn’t you want to know if you lived in an area of higher than normal incidence of cancer or pulmonary disease? And wouldn’t you want to know the cause?

The state board of health as announced that there are six people being observed for a low chance of being exposed to Ebola. For those of you who may now have been paying attention, Ebola is a deadly disease communicable via bodily fluids only if symptoms are evident.

The state is not disclosing who or where these possibly exposed people are out of their right to privacy. They have not been diagnosed so that is consistent with the State Board of Health’s past practice.

The state takes a similar position on issues of West Nile Virus spread by mosquitoes and Lyme disease spread by ticks. It is only until those diseases are confirmed in the populace that the counties of victim’s residence are made public.

Lin Montgomery, public health educator for the Jackson County Health Department, provided some reassuring facts regarding Ebola.

•Ebola virus disease (EVD) is transmitted by direct contact with blood and body fluids of someone who has symptoms of disease, including fever, headache, body aches, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

•The infection can be spread only by someone who has symptoms.

•Those infected may start showing symptoms ranging from 2 to 21 days from when they were infected. The average time for symptoms to begin is 8-10 days.

• EVD is not transmitted by food, water, or airborne routes.

•Individuals must have a history of travel to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone (no other countries) within the past 21 days or must have a history of direct contact with an Ebola patient and have symptoms to warrant further investigation.

The Schneck Foundation and Community Foundation of Jackson County are hosting an informational program on Ebola next Wednesday, Nov. 12, is the Seymour high School auditorium if you would like more in-depth information on this most recent health concern.

 

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