Crothersville Man Charged With Dealing Meth

Preston Hugh Gray

Preston Hugh Gray

A Crothersville man was charged with three counts of dealing methamphetamine last Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Preston Hugh Gray, 31, was arrested by Seymour Police and booked into the Jackson County Jail at 4:32 p.m.
In the charging affidavit, according to Jackson County Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey A. Chalfant, Seymour Police Detectives Brian Moore and Crystal Schapson learned from a confidential informant that Gray was reportedly dealing methamphetamine in the Crothersville and Vernon Township area.
Police reported that they arranged for the confidential contact to make purchases.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, at a location in Uniontown Gray sold the confidential informant 7 grams of methamphetamine for $400, according to the police narrative in the charging affidavit.
A second purchase of 7 grams of meth for $360 occurred again in Uniontown on Monday, Nov. 21 and a third purchase of $700 for 14 grams of meth took place in Crothersville on Tuesday, Nov. 22, according to the court document.
The court document reported that police provided the confidential informant with money to purchase the drugs as well as recording equipment to electronically document the transaction.
Gray is being held in Jackson County Jail without bond.
Preston Gray is the brother of Garret Gray who, along with Coleman King, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the April 2007 killing of Aaron Hall.

Town Receives $500,000 Grant For Much Needed Storm Water Drainage

The flooding along Hominy Ditch, particularly in the west part to Crothersville may be alleviated later next year after it was announced that the town had been approved for a $500,000 grant to cleanout and enlarge culverts along the main east-west drain.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced late last week over $12 million in federal grant funding for 25 rural Hoosier communities.
“Several cities and towns throughout Indiana are dedicated to improving their quality of place and the amount of communities participating in this round of grants reflects that,” said Governor-elect Eric Holcomb.  “A key factor in establishing a good quality of life is ensuring a community can guarantee their residents the health and safety that they deserve, which is what Community Development Block Grants strive to accomplish.”
“Each city and town has differing needs for what will best contribute to the development of their community,” said Bill Konyha, OCRA Executive Director. “That is why there are a wide variation of programs under CDBG, so as to best cater to every community whether they are focused on improving water quality, developing public facilities or assisting their local workforce.”
Crothersville was awarded $500,000 for a stormwater project which includes replacing several concrete box culverts and ditch rehabilitation and debris removal. This will decrease the amount of back flooding from the ditch by restoring the ditch to a free flowing waterway. The improvements will allow the ditch to evacuate the flowing water more efficiently to ease capacity of the surface water flowing into the ditch.
“This is wonderful news,” said town council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson. “The work will ease the flooding through much of town during heavy rains.”
This is good news for the community,” said Trena Carter, grant writer with ARa. “We will be meeting sometime in the next couple of weeks to strategize, determine where the project stands and thoughts about moving forward so everything will be ready to proceed with OCRA gives us the green light.”
One of the factors which helped the community gain grant approval was the establishment of the recently implemented Stormwater Utility fee. A charge of $3 a month to residences will initially be used to purchase and install driveway culverts.
“The establishment of the Stormwater Utility Fee, showed that there is local effort to help alleviate drainage,” said Carter.
In addition to Crothersville, Jackson County has been awarded $250,000 for the Jackson-Jennings Workforce Initiative to provide problem-focused strategies including Life-Skills I, Life Skills II and Skills for Success.
“These programs address building the skills needed to find and maintain employment, professional development for those interested in a supervisory or management position and workforce issues in the manufacturing sector, accordingly,” said Jackie Hill, Workforce Development Director for the Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation. “Residents and employees within Jackson and Jennings Counties will benefit from the workforce trainings to improve employment opportunities, 51% of participants will be low-to-moderate income individuals.”
The goals of the Workforce Development Program (WDP) are to provide funds for workforce development and skills training activities, to increase local public and private partnerships and to generate jobs and spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for grant funding from WDP are sector-based activities focusing on a specific need in the community and problem-focused strategies.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

FFA Needs Food, Toys, Cash For Holiday Food Drive

Giving is down in Crothersville.
At least that seems to be the story as the contributions to the annual Crothersville FFA Toy & Food Drive are lower than previous years at this time.
“But there is still time to help make Christmas more merry for under-priviledged families in the community,” said local FFA Advisor Linda Begley. “The support of the community is needed financially for the program to sustain the high demand that we typically get.”
Donations of nonperishable food, new or gently used toys and financial contributions are being sought.
This year’s Crothersville FFA Toy & Food Drive, the 28th for the organization, will begin delivery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 17 beginning at 9:00 am.
“With the help of the Crothersville/Vernon Township Fire Department and community volunteers, members of the Crothersville FFA will be packing trucks and emergency vehicles with toys and food to deliver to those in need in our community this holiday season,” said Begley
Area residents can donate in their way of choosing at the school office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., or contact FFA Advisor, Linda Begley at 812-793-2051.
Residents who wish to submit a name of a Vernon Township family for delivery consideration, can use the above information to do so as well.

“Christmas In The ‘Ville” Holiday Kick-Off Saturday

Cookies and Carols, a free holiday event at Hamacher Hall, will take place this Saturday evening, Dec. 3, from 4-6 p.m. Those attending the annual holiday season kick off in Crothersville will enjoy cookies and drinks, hear the reading of the Christmas Story, singing carols, drawings for gift certificates, and Santa reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and talking with the children.
At 6 p.m. the event moves outside to the stoplight corner for the lighting of the community Christmas tree.
“The public is welcome to this traditional, family-friendly event,” said spokesperson Brenda Holzworth. “Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.”
This annual event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association.
The following Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., there will be a Dinner Theater in celebration of Indiana’s December 11 bicentennial birthday.
The Dinner menu includes ham, macaroni & cheese, green beans, cottage cheese, dinner roll, birthday cake, and drinks. There will also be a Christmas auction fundraiser during this event, said Holzworth.
Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling Linda Seals at 812-521-3695.

“Annie” Christmas at Crothersville School Dec. 11

The Middle School / High Schools Choir and the 4th & 5th Choir at Crothersville School will be doing a joint Christmas Program performing a version of ‘Annie Jr. the Musical’ combined with Christmas songs.
“An ‘Annie’ Christmas will be a delight for young and old alike.” Said Beth Perkinson, music teacher and choir director at the local school. “It is a must see for your Christmas plans this year.”
The holiday musical will be performed at Crothersville School Cafetorium on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. The choral students will be doing an afternoon performance on Friday, Dec. 9 at 1:15 pm for the elementary students.
Seating is limited. Tickets for the show are $1 and available at the door.
In addition to the admission price, the music department we will be collecting freewill donations at the door for the Salvation Army Kettle.

Kids From 1 To 92 Can Make Gingerbread Houses At The Library

All ages can create a free Gingerbread House at the Crothersville Library at 4:30 or 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. There is a maximum of 20 attendees.
At the Medora Library, Gingerbread houses will be made at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8. There is a maximum of 24.
Registration is required by going to http://myjclibrary.org/events or calling the Seymour LIbrary at 812-523-4636. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Adults and teens are invited to learn to make a gingerbread house at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Seymour Library Meeting Room. Registration with a payment of $5 for supplies is required by Dec. 12 at the Checkout Desk. There is a limit of 25 attendees.
Participants will be led by Information Services Clerk Trina Roark and will build a simple cottage or design their own house with their supplies.