Solar Eclipse Coming Monday

Next Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will briefly darken Crothersville and southern Indiana. While parts of southern Kentucky are in the path of a total eclipse, the local areas should experience about a 93-95% eclipse for less than three minutes sometime just before 2:30 p.m.

What is a solar eclipse? The eclipse occurs when the earth’s moon passes in front of the sun and the moon blocks some (partial eclipse) or all (total eclipse) of the sun’s light and casts a shadow on earth.

The sun is a very large, nearby star about 866,000 miles in diameter and 93 millions miles from earth, according to the Indiana University Astronomy Department. The moon, on the other hand, is much smaller, about 240,000 miles in diameter. That’s why the path, or the shadow, of the eclipse is smaller and larger in some parts. As the Earth spins, only certain sections of the US and world can see the eclipse at it’s total shadow, or it’s partial shadow.

While the size of the illuminating and shadow producing celestial bodies are large, the full or partial eclipse is relatively brief, lasting only about 2 minutes 40 seconds as the earth spins on its axis.

Ophthalmologists warn not to look at the eclipse without special glasses, the equivalent of the darkened lens of welder’s glasses. Regular sunglasses are not adequate. Permanent scarring of the retina can result by not using appropriate eye protection.

•Total solar eclipses for a particular location are very rare, occurring on average once every 375 years.

•Everyone in the continental United States will see the eclipse

•The last eclipse in the United State was in 1979.

•The next solar eclipse seen in America will be in 2045.

•Last coast-to-coast eclipse was in 1918. This will be the first coast-to-coast eclipse after the creation of the interstate highway system

INDOT is warning of traffic congestion on the southbound interstates as motorists travel to areas in Kentucky and Tennessee to view the total eclipse. At the conclusion of the event motorists should expect “evacuation like” traffic returning north following the event, according to the INDOT release.

The total solar eclipse begins near Lincoln City, Oregon, at 1:15 p.m. EDT. Totality ends at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, South Carolina. The partial eclipse will start earlier and end later, but the total eclipse itself will take about one hour and 40 minutes to cross the country.

The Jackson County Public Library will hold an eclipse viewing event at Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora libraries for this historic event next Monday.

1 p.m. – Eclipse begins on the west coast

2:26 p.m. – Maximum Totality – 93.8%

The library will provide eclipse glasses for the viewing for the participants, while supplies last. Participants will need to provide their own lawn chairs.

The library program is free and open to all ages. Remember never to view the sun without protective eyewear. Regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes from looking directly at the sun.


Child Welfare Check Sends 3 To Jail After Drugs Found

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Washington and Scott County Sheriff’s Departments, arrested three people on a multiple drug and weapons charges.

Joshua Thomas Purlee

Joshua Thomas Purlee, 35, of Floyds Knobs, and Deloris Newton, 58, of Austin, were arrested in Washington County, while James Newton, 52, of Austin was arrested in Scott County.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Indiana Conservation Officers Robert Brewington and Washington County Sheriff’s Drputy Brad Naugle responded to a report of a young girl playing alone in the rain at Elk Creek Lake Public Fishing Area between Scottsburg and Salem.

Deloris Newton

Officers found the girl in a vehicle by herself while her father, Joshua Purlee, was in a separate vehicle with Deloris Newton. A search of Purlee and Newton found nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, and cash, Conservation Officers reported.

Both were arrested, and the Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted. The child was transferred to the custody of a relative.

James Newton

Officer Brewington obtained a search warrant for Newton’s residence in Austin, where Indiana Conservation Officers and Scott County Sheriff’s Department officers found more methamphetamine, prescription pills, paraphernalia, and firearms. James Newton, Deloris Newton’s husband, was at the home and was arrested.

Nearly 43 grams of methamphetamine, several hundred prescription pills, marijuana, paraphernalia, and 13 firearms were seized as evidence in this case.

Joshua Thomas Purlee was booked into Washington County Jail facing charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining common nuisance, neglect of dependent, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance.

Deloris Newton was booked into the Washington County jail charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

James Newton was booked into the Scott County Jail charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Scott Co. Traffic Stop Yields Heroin

A traffic stop in I-65 resulted in the arrest of a Scottsburg woman on a variety of drug charges on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Nathan Abbott made a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 65 near the 29 mile marker for a traffic infraction on a blue van. Once the traffic stop was made ISP K-9 Teague alerted on the vehicle as to possibly contain controlled substances.

Alexandrea Grut

During a search of the vehicle, used syringes, plastic baggies and other paraphernalia was located, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin. During additional investigation police learned that the driver of the vehicle, Alexandrea E. Grut, 26, of East Jefferson Street in Scottsburg, was in possession of heroin hidden in a body cavity.

Grut, was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail where the hidden Heroin was confiscated. Grut, was charged with possession of heroin, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia.

This investigation is continuing, Goodin reported.

Library ‘Food For Fines’ Underway

Customers of the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora can pay overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items now through August 26.

Donations of non-perishable food items collected in lieu of fines are given to local food pantries at Provisions Inc. and Anchor House in Seymour, Crothersville First Baptist Church, and Medora Christian Church.

Since its first fine-waiving program in 1991, the Jackson County Public Library has accepted 80,192 items (food, school supplies, and supplies for the Humane Society) and waived $66,090.80 in overdue fines.

For every dollar owed in fines at least one food item must be donated. If a customer has a $5.00 fine, at least five food items are needed to erase the fine. A fine of $5.50 would require at least six food items. Food items must not be expired, rusty, dented or USDA commodities.

Food for Fines is not available to customers with damaged or lost materials. The materials must be returned undamaged within six months of their original due date before the overdue fines can be waived. Collection agency accounts may participate in this year’s only fine-waiving program as long as they pay the $10 collection agency fee first.

Customers participating in Food for Fines will receive a computer-generated receipt reflecting fines waived by their food donation.

Food for Fines applies to all Jackson County Public Library materials including movies and audiobooks but does not apply to fines from other Evergreen Indiana libraries.

Individuals without library fines wishing to donate food items may do so at any library location.

For more information contact the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour at 812-522-3412, Crothersville at 812-793-2927 or Medora at 812-966-2278.

Town Signs Water Tower Maintenance Agreement

A summer long discussion on how best to maintain the town of Crothersville’s water tower was settled last Tuesday when the town council agreed to hire SUEZ Advanced Solutions of Westfield, IN to provide exterior and interior tank maintenance.
The 300,000 gallon tower was erected about 20 years ago to provide water pressure for the town’s water utility customers.
SUEZ and Pittsburg Tank of Henderson, Kentucky were the two companies to submit proposals to the council for a perpetual maintenance plan.
SUEZ’s proposal calls for payments of $51,542 annually for 5 years then $20,911 per year after that.
Pittsburg Tank’s proposal was for a first year payment of $185,000 followed by annual payments of $19,000.
Both provided for exterior cleaning and scheduled painting of the tank and legs as well as cleaning, repair and painting the tank’s interior. The difference in the proposals is that SUEZ would install an agitator inside the tank to keep the treated water circulated.
Town Engineer Brad Bender of FPBH and attorney Jeff Lorenzo reviewed the two proposals.
“SUEZ is less expensive and offers a broader scope of work,” said Lorenzo.
Bender agreed. “SUEZ is a better deal because they meet our Request For Proposal and is less costly. And they only have one customer in Indiana where SUEZ has several.
SUEZ representative Marc Hanson noted his company does work nationwide but has offices in Indiana as well as several southern Indiana water utilities as customers.
With the maintenance agreement the town council will not have to deal with periodic bids for tower maintenance work.
“Our contract goes on for as long as you want it to,” said Hanson. “After the initial annual $51,000 payments for five years, the only cost to the town is $20,911 annual fees. The tower will be repaired, painted and cleaned inside and out routinely under a specific schedule.”
Work on the tower is expected to begin later this year.
In other business the town gave first reading to a proposed salary ordinance for 2018.
The town proposes to increase the office manager Michele Teipen’s salary from the current $15.19 to $16.19 per hour. Second deputy Melissa Glenn’s wages would be increased from $11.32 to $13.32.
The sewer superintendent Mason Boicourt’s wages would go from $19.31 to $20.31 and the street/water superintendent Chris Mains’ would go from $16.99 to $18.99 per hour.
Skilled utility workers wages would go from $17.25 per hour to $18.25 and skilled field workers would go from $14.50 to $16.50 per hour.
After an hour-long discussion on police department salaries, no decision was made.
At issue, according to council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, is the amount of overtime being paid to police officers under the current system.
“Overtime is eating away at the town’s general fund,” general fund.
Robinson wants the police department to be paid salaries.
Chief of Police Brett Turner proposed annual salaries of $40,000 for the chief, $35,000 for Sgt. J.L. Brewer, and $32,000 annually for Patrolmen Chris Cooper and Matt Browning.
But officers are opposed unless a salary compensates them at the same current level which includes overtime.
An executive session is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 29 to hammer out an agreement.

Parks Board Planning Fun & Fundraising ATV Ride

The Crothersville Parks Board will be hosting an ATV/UTV/Jeep ride on Saturday, Aug. 26. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Bard Street Park in Crothersville. Ride time will be noon.
Crothersville ATV/UTV permits are waived for that day, but you will need to be registered with DNR as we will be taking county roads in Jackson County from Crothersville to Sparksville in southwestern Jackson County and back.
Food and entertainment, after the ride, will be included in the ride fee. If you do not wish to join us on the ride, you can still partake in the food and entertainment at Bard Street Park for a donation. Marcus Pride will entertain with classical country music.
Fees for the ride are $15 for ATV’s and UTV’s, $20 for Jeeps.
If you want a ride t-shirt, they will be $10 each and must be ordered by Friday, Aug. 11.
Questions and t-shirt orders can be directed to the park’s Facebook page, Crothersville Community Park or you can call 812-390-8217.