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Making A Late Appearance

Fall color is coming to southern Indiana considerably later than usual this season—fashionably late, if you will.
Tourist town Nashville in nearby Brown County has had crowds of disappointed visitors in mid-October met with still green leaves on trees.
Tinges of color and an occasional brilliantly hued tree, as this one at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, are beginning to decorate the Hoosier landscape.
~photo by Donna Stanley

25 Parcels Sell At Jackson County Delinquent Tax Sale For Over $720,000

8 Properties Don’t Sell; 3 In Crothersville

When the Jackson County delinquent property tax sale list was first advertised in September there were 129 parcels with back taxes owed. By the time last Monday’s tax sale began, that list had been pared down to 33 after property owners paid taxes owed prior to the sale.
Those 33 parcels owed a total of $311,664.28. Eight properties failed to obtain the minimum bid of taxes owed and three of those properties are in Crothersville.
Jackson County Auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter said she would be recommending to the county commissioners that they schedule a commissioners’ certificate sale for some time in March 2019. She said that a certificate sale will allow those parcels that did not receive the minimum bid of taxes owed to be auctioned for a minimum bid of $200.
The eight parcels that did not sell and the amount owed included:
•Unicell Paper Mills, 1220 W. Spring St., Brownstown; $195,341.08.
•Wanda F. Gilley, 621 Noble St., Seymour; $9,990.62.
•John Dale & Loretta Patterson, 828 Phillips Lane, Seymour; $15,894.84.
•Glenda Redleaf & Douglas Joseph, 3315 N. Sugar St., Norman; $4,113.82.
•Gary W. & Cheryl P Greathouse, 6668 Glendenning St., Freetown; $3,081.36.
•Louis B. & Leah Rusch, 302 W. Walnut St., Crothersville; $1,578.96.
•Paul & Penny Gay, 614 E. Bard St., Crothersville; $4,393.36.
•Grover Stacey, 208 E. Dixon St., Crothersville; $2,121.02.
There were nine successful bidders who paid a total of $720,261.83 for 25 parcels.
“The county is only interested in the taxes owed,” said county Treasurer Roger Hurt. “The amount paid over the taxes owed will go into a surplus tax sale fund.”
Hohenstreiter explained that those properties sold at the tax sale can be redeemed by their owners by paying the taxes plus 10% for up to the next six months; after that the interest increases to 15%. Upon redemption, the surplus paid by the successful bidder will be returned to that bidder.
Successful bidders included:
•Shammah Investments LLC of Connersville purchased two parcels.
•Clearleaf Short Alternative Fund LP of Louisville, KY purchased one parcel.
•Thomas Goecker of Seymour purchased one parcel.
•M&M Investment Group LLC of Cortland purchased seven parcels.
•Timber Street Investments LLC of Floyds Knobs purchased one parcel.
•Savvy IN LLC of New Orleans, LA purchased eight properties.
•Dale Ehringer of Norman purchased one parcel.
•Robert J. Brewer of Seymour purchased one parcel.
•SI Resources LLC of Carbondale, IL purchased three parcels.
The following parcels sold at tax sale. Listed is the property owner, address, taxes owed; buyer and amount paid.
Carr Township
Lezli S. McKnight, 4.5 acres near 5941 S 1250 W, $167.40; SI Resources LLC, $12,000.
Driftwood Township
Mark Allen Hashman, 3341 Water St., Vallonia; $529.48; M&M Investment Group, $30,000.
Grassy Fork Township
Russell Brock, 6313 E 400 S, Seymour; $983.72; M&M Investment Group, $20,000.
Robert Heitz, 6469 S 325 E, Brownstown; $483.40; M&M Investment Group, $3,000
Jackson Township
Dwight E. Gregory, 905 N. Blish St., $2,735.70; Savvy IN LLC, $32,000.
Donna Hart, 909 N. Park St., $2,654.97; Robert J. Brewer, $4,500.
Travis John Campbell, 817 Broadway St., $2,964.64; Savvy IN LLC, $54,000.
Joseph F. Laupus, 116 St. Louis Ave., $4,512.59; Thomas Goecker, $30,000.
Penny S. Scott & Mary Elizabeth Booher, 331 Highlawn Ave., $1,913.40; Timber Street Investments LLC, $1,913.40.
Mark W. Engelking, 325 N Poplar St., $1,181.92; Savvy IN LLC, $30,000.
Candace K. Gluck, 415 W. 4th St., $1,583.37; Savvy IN LLC, $50,000.
CCC Real Estate Holding Co., LLC, 6.945 acres at 643 S. Airport Road, $26,002.65; M&M Investment Group, $78,000.
Robert E. & Donna L. Boling, 322 E. Brown St., $2,516.66; SI Resources LLC, $32,000.
Larry W. & Sharon K. Cockerham, 514 S. Vine St., $1,342.54; Savvy IN LLC, $38,000.
Seymour Area Jaycees Inc., Building T on A Avenue E, $2,633.57; M&M Investment Group, $2,633.57.
Owen Township
Matthew T. Brazzell, 1109 N 600 W containing 5 acres, Medora, $719.10; Savvy IN, LLC, $34,000.
Walter W. & Greta L. Wilson, two lots located near 5760 N. Morton St., Norman, $714.86; Dale Ehringer, $714.86.
Pershing Township
Charles & Brenda Staley, 11428 N State Road 135 containing 6.081 acres, $600.62; M&M Investment Group, $19,000.
James & Bonnie Davidson, 3999 W 1125 N, Seymour, $564.07; Savvy IN LLC, $32,000.
Redding Township
Brown Family, 619 Redding Road, Seymour, $3,676.22; M&M Investment Group, $78,000.
Reigning Light Foundation Inc., 5.66 acres at the corner of Enos Road and 875 E, Seymour, $429.40; SI Resources LLC, $34,000.
Salt Creek Township
Dean Barger, 7690 N 675 W, Freetown, $1,031.11; Shammah Investments LLC, $5,000.
Vernon Township
Suzanne Barnes, 4869 S US Hwy 31, Crothersville, $1,504.78; Clearleaf Short Alternative Fund, $54,000.
Grover & Sondra Stacey, 423 S. Armstrong St., Crothersville, $12,041.80; Savvy IN LLC, $40,000.
David M. Coombs, 506 S. Park St., Crothersville, $663.15; Shammah Investments LLC, $5,500.

Seymour Road/Cindy Lane Sewer Bids Come In Under Estimate

Six contractors submitted bids for replacing an aging lift station and sewer lines along Seymour Road, Walnut Street and Collman Avenue on Crothersville’s northside recently.
King’s Trucking & Excavation was the apparent low bidder with a bid of $417,475, according to town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH of North Vernon & Seymour.
“It appears that once the contracts are signed (expected at the Nov. 5 town council meeting) the project is a go,” he said.
Other bidders were: Lawyer Excavation of Seymour, $430,637; Temple & Temple of Salem, $441,901; Dave O’Mara Contractor of North Vernon, $449,724; Mitchell & Stark of Medora, $626,097; and Milestone Contractors of Columbus, $698,988.
The engineers estimate for the project was $539,604, Bender said. The project will be funded, in part, by a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The town will be participating with a $144,272 local match.
The work, when completed, will replace an aged sewer pumping station on Seymour Road which was believed to be installed in the mid-1960’s, the installation of 650’ of 4” force sewer line, and installation of 650’ of storm sewer lines in the area.
The area is one which experiences flooding and surface water infiltration into the sanitary sewer line.
Bender said testing of the area determined that most of the issues with flooding the lift station is not so much related to combined sewers but with storm water overtopping the sanitary sewer manholes.
“This work will allow us to divert the surface water away from the sanitary system,” said Bender. “And that should help the town continue with its CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) compliance with IDEM.”
He said the design is to install eight storm water inlets along the proposed new storm sewer line to divert water from the sanitary sewer. “This will help alleviate the surge of water going into the sanitary sewer to be treated during heavy rains,” said Bender.
Much of the work would be constructed within the existing right of way along Seymour Road between Walnut and Coleman Streets.
The work when it starts will be quite intensive in the area as new storm water and sanitary sewer lines would need be installed and water lines, laterals, and possibly other utilities would need to be moved.
No start time for the construction was yet available.

Election Prompts Early Town Council Meeting

Because of next Tuesday’s General Election, the Crothersville Town Council will meet for their regular November meeting next Monday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m.
The council will conduct an executive session to discuss personnel prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Executive sessions are closed to the public and the media

Halloween Traditions Date Back Centuries

by Curt Kovener

Many Halloween traditions may have originated with the ancient Celts and their priests, the druids. Other civilizations adopted and changed the ancient rituals, such as bobbing for apples or donning disguises.
“Our Halloween celebrations are the remnants of the pre-Christian Celtic celebrations,” according to Fred Suppe, a Ball State history professor and an expert in Celtic folklore. “The Celts can be traced back to 800 B.C. to what is now southern Germany and include the ancestors of the Scottish, Irish, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Bretons.”
Particular motifs of modern-day Halloween such as the date and time it is celebrated, children trick-or-treating, the jack-o-lantern and bobbing for apples are related to Celtic traditions.
When Christianity was introduced to the Celts, church leaders began a campaign to persuade them to abandon their pagan celebrations and adopt the Christian calendar. Because these traditions were culturally ingrained, the church provided an alternative holy day— All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1.
The evening before All Saints’ Day became “All Hallows’ Eve,’ with the word ‘hallow’ meaning holy or saint and ‘eve’ meaning the night before.
“All Hallow’s Eve evolved to Halloween,” the college history professor tells us.
So if you have been following along, Halloween was a pagan holiday which the early church cleansed with All Saints Day but today’s church leaders have determined to ignore the early church sanctioned holy day and label its preceding day as demonic.
The origin for trick-or-treating comes from Scotland, where young men in their late teens donned disguises after the harvest.
“The Celts called them ‘guisers,’ which is where we get the word ‘geezer’,” Suppe said, “The young guisers would march around a house and demand hospitality, which evolved into small children asking for treats.”
As an official card carrying government approved ‘old geezer,’ I sometime meander about the house seeking out treats of adult beverages.
Today youngsters are cautioned against ‘trick or treat’ but encouraged to take part in the same tooth decaying activity called ‘trunk or treat’— righteously cleansed and sanctioned by church leaders and seasonally held in church, school and courthouse squares.
Some years past, a now former minister in town told me ‘trunk or treat’ was a more appropriate name and a ‘Harvest party’ was better than a Halloween party because of the long tradition and activities associated with the dead & spirits.
When I asked the Reverend how he reconciled his efforts at cleansing our youth with the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and whether he ever preached from the pulpit about the Holy Ghost—both things he didn’t want our youngsters to be exposed to— I was met with an all too common response.
“That’s different,” was his righteous response.
“Because it suits your purpose?”
My question was the close of our conversation as the padre walked away.