Locals Compete In District FFA Contests

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Four members of the Crothersville FFA Chapter traveled to Bloomington North High School on Saturday, March 4, to compete in District XI Leadership Contest. Members got the chance to compete in speeches, demonstrations, and many more Career Development Events that took place that day.
Left to right: Brittany Ross, 3rd place in Prepared Public Speaking and participated in Job Interview; Deven Lemen, 1st in Traditional Scrapbook, 1st in Multimedia Scrapbook, and participated in Leadership Ambassador; Kalynda Hoevener, 2nd Essay Contest and participated in Food Science Demonstration; and Rebekah Cook, participated in Freshman Creed Speaking and Food Science Demonstration.
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Senior Citizens Financial Seminar & Dinner March 30

As we begin to age, most people put off dealing with financial issues until it’s too late. Schneck Foundation and Jackson County Bank are hosting Changing Places: Planning for Your Future.
At the program participants will learn about retirement planning, advance directives, funeral planning, long-term care insurance, and trusts. Speakers include:
•Trina Hanner, Beacon Wealth
•Luke Nolting, Spurgeon Funeral Home
•Bruce Werskey, Western Southern Life
•Denise Connell, Montgomery, Elsner and Pardieck Law Office
•Brandon Hunsley, Jackson County Bank
Changing Places: Planning for Your Future will be held on Thursday, March 30 at Pewter Hall, 850 West Sweet Street, Brownstown.
A resource fair will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m.
Participants are invited to a complimentary dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
To make your reservation for this free program, contact the Schneck Foundation at 812-524-4245 or claymon@schneckmed.org. Seating is limited; early reservations are recommended

Community Foundation Of Jackson County Celebrating 25 Years

by Dan Davis

We’ve been growing tomorrows for 25 years and counting as the donors, directors and staff of the Community Foundation of Jackson County remain committed to living out our motto— Together, we grow tomorrows.
The Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and we invite you join us for the Community Foundation of Jackson County 25th Anniversary Gala April 8 at Celebrations in Seymour.
We’ll celebrate the good work resulting from the generosity of our many donors, share a good meal and fellowship and enjoy– and maybe even dance to– music provided by the award-winning band Tastes Like Chicken. Black tie’s optional, but it will be a rare chance to see me in a tuxedo.
The cost of the Gala is a $100 donation per person, and we have tables of eight available. If you’re interested, please call us at 812-523-4483. We’ll help make your reservation and make sure you get in on the evening’s fun.
Taking a look back, during 2016 the Foundation received gifts of more than $800,000, growing our grant-making abilities, growing our reach in the community and growing our assets to more than $11 million.
Some of that growth— as in 2014 and 2015— resulted from the generous Lilly Endowment GIFT VI program, which the Community Foundation of Jackson County called An Opportunity for Growth. And grow we do.
Some of that growth resulted from old-fashioned hard work and building relationships.
And some of that growth resulted from – and continues to grow from – the Foundation’s 25 Funds for 25 Years initiative. The program aims to create a combination of 25 new and renewed funds, making match dollars available to newly endowed gifts to the Foundation. If you have questions about how to earn match dollars, please call me or visit the office.
An earlier Lilly Endowment initiative helped give birth to the Community Foundation of Jackson County. The Indianapolis-based philanthropic giant first came knocking on our community’s door with its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative to encourage the creation and strengthening of community foundations to help improve the quality of life for Hoosiers. The timing was excellent as a group of like-minded residents were already discussing creation of a means to finance the community’s needs.
Those discussions started at least as early as 1988 during a Board of Directors retreat for the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce. The idea was to create an alternative funding source to help finance community projects, said Gary Myers, a founding member of the Foundation Board of Directors. Talks continued through 1991 and blossomed with the Lilly Endowment GIFT initiative.
Thus was born the Community Foundation of Jackson County in 1992, along with many others across Indiana.
Our first Board of Directors – as our current panel – consisted of people representing the entire county. They were Gary Myers, Dr. Chris Klaes, Tom Bryant, Gene Johnson, Dave Windley, Joe Robertson, James T. Thompson, Bob Cartwright, Elaine Pollert, Jeff Lorenzo, Steve Ackerman, Carl Shake, Dave Geis, Judy Lester and Tim Clark. John Bottorff was an ex officio member of the Board. Thompson served as the first Chairman of the Board.
The Foundation’s first executive director was Tom Voss, a community leader who would briefly guide the Foundation in its early days and who would serve as an example of giving by creating the F. Walter Voss and Tom G. Voss Boys & Girls Club of Seymour Fund. The Voss Fund continues to benefit the club annually.
Voss was succeeded by Polly Berent of Seymour, Tom Nolting of Brownstown and C.W. “Bud” Walther of Seymour. Walther served the Foundation the longest of our directors, from 2000 to July 2014. That’s when I joined the Foundation.
In the past 25 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in community grants and scholarships, helping countless people and organizations improve our communities all across Jackson County. We paid out $568,143.66 in grants and scholarships last year. All this despite many naysayers who doubted the viability of creating a community foundation here.
Organizations and people benefitting from grants and endowments over the years range from youth to seniors and include social service and nonprofit agencies, area schools, volunteer fire departments, the arts and municipal parks. Our reach is to all corners of the county.
The Foundation staff, the Board of Directors and former members of the Board are working hard to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary in 2017 and to ensure that the next 25 years and beyond reap continued growth for and provide leadership in our community.
Current grants are helping better connect mentors and youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, helping older adults share valuable life skills with young students in the Thrive Alliance Foster Grandparents program and helping children recover from traumatic events with the work at Centerstone. We also saw the results of a 2015 Impact Grant with the completion, opening and dedication of Heritage Park on the Courthouse Square in Brownstown. Later this year, we’ll see the fruits of a 2015 Fall Grant with the publication of a book written through a Leadership Jackson County class project that targets pre-school children.
As we strive to live our motto— Together, we grow tomorrows – through a year of celebration in 2017, we expect to grow more funds such as those early endowments established at the Foundation. From those first donations, the number of funds administered by the Foundation has grown to 187, including five that resulted from the GIFT VI initiative and three new funds so far with the 25 Funds for 25 Years program.
Our work is about more than scholarships and grants, however.
The Foundation continues to support efforts to improve educational opportunities and attainment for residents and businesses. They come in the form of college classes offered by Ivy Tech Community College and IUPUC as well as training sessions and classes offered to workers from area businesses, including JayC Food Stores, Kremers Urban and others at the Jackson County Learning Center.
We also remain involved in educational efforts with the Jackson County Education Coalition, including its On My Way Pre-K pilot program, which is now in the midst of enrollment for its third year; the Economic Opportunities Network and its many initiatives; Leadership Jackson County; and the Jackson County Industrial Development Corp
As always, we thank you for your generosity and stand ready to share information about how others, too, can come together with the community and help grow better tomorrows.
And, again, we look forward to celebrating with you at our 25th Anniversary Gala on April 8.
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President & CEO Dan Davis of the Community Foundation of Jackson County writes a monthly column. The Foundation is at 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Notice is hereby given that Jackson County, lndiana, acting by and through its Board of Commissioners, will receive sealed bids at the Office of the Auditor, Jackson County Courthouse, Brownstown, lndiana, until 4:00 pm on Monday April 17, for the 2017 Resurfacing Program.
At the hour of 9 AM local time on Tuesday April 18, 2017 all bids for this work will be opened and read aloud in the Jackson County Annex aL220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, lndiana.
Bids shall be unit price for all work called for in the contract documents and submitted on the forms prescribed including and submitting on the forms prescribed including the State Board of Accounts Form No. 96 (Revised 2009).
The bidder must file with their sealed bid, a certified check or bid bond in the amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid, payable to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The above check or bid bond is to ensure the execution of the contract on which such bid is made.
The contractor to whom the work is awarded will be required to furnish, before commencing work, a performance, maintenance and pavement, bond in the amount equal to the bid price of the contract awarded to said contractor, and certificates of all insurance required by specifications.
The contract documents are on file for public inspection at:
Jackson County Highway Department
360 South County Road 25 East
Brownstown, lndiana 47220
A copy of the contract documents may be obtained at the County Highway Department at no charge to the contractor. Any questions should be directed to Jerry Ault, County Highway Supervisor at 812-358-2226.
The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informality in the bidding process.
Jackson County Auditor
Mrs. Kathy Hohenstreiter
Jackson County 2017 Resurfacing Program
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PUBLIC NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA,
JACKSON SUPERIOR COURT 1
COUNTY OF JACKSON, SS:
CAUSE NO. 36C01-1702-MI-0018
The Peoples Bank of Brownstown
vs.
Jeff McClintock and
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
NOTICE OF FILING OF ACTION
To: The Defendant named above, including their successors or assigns, whose identities and whereabouts are unknown.
Notice is hereby given that on February 22, 2017, there was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Petition to Obtain Title to a Motor Vehicle and Praecipe for Summons by Publication on the Defendants, whoever they may be, showing that the identities and whereabouts of Jeff McClintock, including his Successors or Assigns, are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
Jeffrey J. Lorenzo
LORENZO & BEVERS
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
3/15, 3/22, 3/29   hspaxlp

PUBLIC NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA,
 IN THE JACKSON CIRCUIT COURT
COUNTY OF JACKSON, SS:
CAUSE NO.  36C01-1701-EU-009
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE
OF FLORENCE K. CARTER, DECEASED.
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Indiana.
Pursuant to I.C. 29-1-7-7, notice is hereby given that Cynthia A. Dennis was, on February 1, 2017, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Florence K. Carter, deceased, who died testate on December 27, 2016.
All persons having claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the clerk of this court within three (3) months from the date of first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated at Brownstown, Indiana, this 1st day of February, 2017.
Amanda L. Lowery,
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Jackson County, Indiana
Attorney for Estate:
Matthew J. Lorenzo
Lorenzo & Bevers
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone:  (812) 524-9000
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PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE OF NEW STORMWATER RATES FOR
THE TOWN OF CROTHERSVILLE, INDIANA
[PUBLIC HEARING]
Property owners, ratepayers and other interested parties in or served or to be served by the utilities of the Town of Crothersville, Indiana (“Town”) are hereby notified that a public hearing will be held by the Town Council, at the Town Hall, 111 East Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana 47229, commencing at 6:00 PM on April 4, 2017.  The purpose of the hearing is to consider the establishment of stormwater user fees for the users of the Town’s utilities.  At the hearing, interested persons will have the opportunity to be heard concerning the stormwater rates and charges to be established by the ordinances.
The complete text of the ordinances are available for examination and copying at the office of the Clerk-Treasurer at the Town Hall of the Town of Crothersville, 111 East Howard Street, Crothersville, Indiana 47229 during normal business hours and will be available at the public hearing.
At the April 4, 2017 meeting, the Town Council shall consider, and may take final action on, the proposed ordinance.
Terry Richey
Clerk-Treasurer
Dated: March 8, 2017
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Freshly Official & Already Put To The Test

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

I now have in my possession official proof: I have gray hair and Medicare. That patriotic red, white & blue card not only provides me with health insurance but insures that I can officially act like an old codger with little patience for suffering fools lightly.
And it took less than 10 days for it to be put to the test. Not the health insurance part; the cranky codger part.
I was shopping in a corporate owned big box store whose name will be left undisclosed to protect the guilty. But figure they pack your purchases in yellow, blue, white or tan plastic bags and you will figure out who the guilty parties are. They all engage in what they call their version of providing an excellent customer experience by inconveniencing customers.
I traditionally shop at the local mom & pop shops, especially if they are a Times advertiser, but there are times that that just can’t be accomplished and I must resort to the dancing to the corporate tune…reluctantly & sometimes (as you will read) with attitude.
Earlier this month I was in one of those colorful plastic bag purveyors. I made a number of purchases, and happened to notice a particularly fine sale price on a large bottle of Merlot. Planning on pasta for supper, I indulged my unsophisticated palate with a purchase of the $5 vintage.
At the check out things went fine until the heavily tattooed young person scanned the bottle of wine and asked to see my ID.
“You sure you’re old enough to scan a bottle of alcohol?” I asked. She assured me that she was but declined to show me her ID.
“Do you think I dye my hair this color of gray just to fool cashier’s into selling me booze?” I queried. “Do I look like I am under 21? Do I look like I am under 40? I think I have been over 21 for longer than you have been on this earth,” I badgered.
I heard some chuckling behind me and glanced back to see about a half dozen other customers amused by the corporate lunacy causing the standoff.
“I need to make sure you are old enough to buy alcohol,” the young cashier said.
So I pulled out my new Medicare card. “Do you know how old you have to be to get one of these?” I asked.
There was more laughter behind me so I turned and asked for a vote. “How many of you think I look over 21?” I asked the other customers.
They all raised their hand including the pre-school youngster waiting with his grandma.
“There you have it,” I said as I turned back to the cashier. “You’re the only one who thinks I look younger than 21,” I said beginning to get more than a little miffed.
“I need to see your driver’s license or I could be fired,” the young cashier said.
Well, not wanting to be a party to an unemployment insurance claim, I showed her my driver’s license as she told me Excise Police sometimes review surveillance footage to see if the store is selling to people under age.
“No, they do not,” I shot back emphatically. “They have more important things to do that watch a TV screen for crimes not committed.”
“But they do hire people who are under 21 to try to buy alcohol to test cashiers,” said I, “but I am not one of them.”
“Now,” I asked as I gathered up my purchases, “you saw my driver’s license. What’s my date of birth?”
All I got was a blank stare and an “I don’t know” as I left the building.
“Wasn’t that an exercise in futility,” I thought as the automatic doors slid shut.
IC Code 7.1-5-10-23 says…”if a person reasonably appears to be less than 40 years of age they are required to supply proof of birth.” The graphic of me at the top of the column needs to be updated. My hair is grayer and my moustache longer. I think that sketch is older than the cashier carding me.
I checked with the local office of the State Excise Police and was told excise enforcement does not like having the blame for customer inconvenience placed at their feet. “Corporations should not be blaming the alcohol enforcement division for their lack of common sense policies,” Excise Officer Christine told me.
Well I can agree with that. Only in the corporate world would you blame the people who control the renewal of your license to sell alcohol as the reason for inconveniencing senior citizens to prove their age.
In that last millennium, back when I was 30, I thought it was flirtatious for a comely barmaid to card me to see if I was old enough to drink. But that was then; this is now and now it is an idiotic intrusion to be thought to be under age 21.
Whether it is showing a driver’s license or giving a date of birth (I usually give one in 1995 that calculates I am only 22 just to see if the cashier is paying attention or just going through the motions), it is an inconvenience and an intrusion.
I am not in favor of selling alcohol to those not old enough to buy it. But there needs to be shown some corporate common sense (but alas, that is a contradiction of terms).
There is a business phrase for those of us who feel abused by corporate “nuke ‘em all” policies: former customers.
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Caution To All Cashiers: If a tall, gray haired man with a long moustache approaches your check out register with alcohol, to purchase, don’t ask him for an ID, enter your own date of birth, and he will leave you with a smile, a thank you, and glowing remarks on the online survey you always ask to be completed.

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