24 Seniors To Graduate From CHS Friday

Samantha Rose & William Amick Academically Lead Class of 2019

The 123rd Crothersville High School Commencement Ceremony will take place this Friday at 8 p.m.
Twenty-four seniors will enter the CHS gymnasium for the final time to the traditional strains of ‘Pomp & Circumstance’.
Logan Brewer will open the commencement with prayer following by opening words from class secretary Piper Hensley.
CHS Principal Adam Robinson will welcome those in attendance.
After the Salutatorian address by William Amick, Lane Wienhorst will give the class history followed by a school experience ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ Powerpoint presentation.
Samantha Rose will give the valedictorian address.
Robinson will introduce the graduates and Crothersville School Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin will present diplomas.
CHS Class of 2019 president Cassandra Defibaugh will lead her class in the transfer of tassels.
Class treasurer Grace Monroe will offer closing words and the class will exit the gym to the tune “Best Day of My Life.”
The class colors are red and silver and the class flower is the Gerbera Daisy.
The class motto is “Miles may separate us, but memories will always bind us.”
Seniors scheduled to take part in graduation include:
William Lester Amick, Piper Joe Asher (Culinary Arts), Fayth Ann Bowman (3D Animiation), Logan Levi Brewer, Tayler Siara Brewer (Nursing).
Also Amber Jacklyn Casullo (Veterinary), Ethan Xavier Deaton (Law Enforcement), Cassandra Ann Defibaugh (Nursing), Christopher Lee Gregg (Welding), Piper Mechele Hensley.
Also Kiana Rene Jackson (Veterinary), Jacob Barron James (Welding), Chelsie Ann Keith (Veterinary), Kaitlin Brianna McVey (Nursing), Grace Elizabeth Monroe.
Also Devon Wayne Pedigo, Andrew Mitchell Prince (Welding), Brandon James Riley, Madeline Suzanne Riley, Samantha Erin Rose.
Also Beth Ann Southerland, Joseph Allen Tatlock (Criminal Justice), Lane Ramsey Wienhorst, Karmyn Renee Williams.
Bold Face: CHS diploma and Associates Degree in General Studies from IVY Tech.
Italics: CHS diploma and Career Technical Education Certification in a selected course of study.

Alert Parent Detains Man Who Solicited Teen Online

A man who came to Scott County expecting to meet a 13-year-old was arrested for child solicitation last Wednesday.
The need for parents to supervise their children’s social media was reinforced last week in Scott County, Sheriff Jerry Goodin said.
“A concerned parent was checking his child’s Facebook account when he saw something that alerted him,” said Goodin. The parent noticed an adult making contact with his 13-year-old child.
The parent pretended to be the child and arranged for the 29-year-old man to come to the family’s home in rural Scott County to meet who he thought was a thirteen year old.
“When the man arrived, he was greeted by the child’s father who held him until deputies arrived,” said Goodin.
Arrested was Brandon Ruff, 29, of Jeffersonville charged with false informing, child solicitation with a child under 14 years old using a computer and traveling to the child.
Goodin said that when officers arrested Ruff, they investigated further and found out he had made friends with the child and had allegedly made arrangements to meet the young teen on prior occasions.
Investigators are looking into the possibility of other victims.
Parents are encouraged to check their children’s Facebook pages, especially the Facebook Messenger, to see if their child has had contact with Brandon Ruff, the sheriff said. “Ruff also had a fake Facebook Page listed as Sammy Castro. It is thought Brandon Ruff could be posing as a wrestler to gain the confidence of the children,” said Goodin.
If you feel as though your child could be a victim and you live inside of Scott County, contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-8400 or 812-752-5550, said Goodin. Outside of Scott County contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and request to speak to investigations.
The Indiana State Police, Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and Jeffersonville City Police are assisting the Scott County Sheriff’s Office with the local investigation.

Grant Makes Countryside More Park-Like; Attractive To Birds, Bees & Butterflies

For years the town of Crothersville has used the Countryside Park on the town’s west side to play softball and little league baseball. In the last few years the community has added hiking trails, a high school cross country course, a play area and a giant swing in a big old oak tree.
Thanks to a $5,000 grant to the town from the Community Foundation of Jackson County, trails will be marked and a 500 sq foot pollinator garden to attract bees, birds and butterflies has been constructed.
Liz Brownlee, executive director of the Oak Heritage Conservancy, headed up the project which included classes on the importance of pollinators with the Crothersville Jr.-Sr. High School Science Clubs.
Middle School club members Brayden Crater, Dirk Crater and Blake Robinson joined forces to design the perennial garden which includes a walking path so park visitors can get an up close look at the Indiana native plants and the pollinators it will attract.
“Only perennial plants that ware native to Indiana were used in the project,” said Brownlee. “American Columbine, milk weed, Downy Sunflower, Big Blue Stem (a prairie grass) yellow and purple coneflower (Echinacea) will provide blooms from May through October.”
Twelve science club members and 20 adult and youth volunteers planted about 200 native plants and 75 annuals in about two hours on Thursday afternoon.
To view the pollinator garden take Main Street west to County Road 1000 E, turn north and turn into the northernmost park entrance to park. The pollinator garden is near the tree line for the wooded hiking trails.

VFW Auxiliary Seeks Volunteers To Place Flags On Veterans Graves

The Auxiliary of VFW Post 1083 will be placing flags on veterans’ grave sites this Saturday, May 25, beginning at 8 a.m. beginning at the Crothersville Cemetery.
“Members will also cover Uniontown and Cana Cemeteries,” said spokesperson Gina Lee. “We welcome all volunteers to help us with this project.”
If anyone wants to pick up a flag for their vet’s grave, that is not at these three cemeteries, they are welcome to do so,” she said.

Citizen Tips Lead To Arrests In Scott County

Tips and phone calls from Scott County residents have been credited with assisting deputies with making more arrests, according to Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
On Saturday, May 4, Deputies Johnney Coomer and Deputy Zack Higdon responded to Zoah Church for a business check. When they arrived two vehicles were backed into the church cemetery.
Questioning by the deputies and led to the arrest of Austin Barnett, 18, of Scottsburg for possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
That same day, Deputy Johnney Coomer checked on a report of a suspicious vehicle. As a result of that citizen’s call, Brian Coats, 36, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and driving while suspended.
Deputy Coomer was assisted at the scene by Deputy Darrin Marshall, Officer Cody Kelly of the Austin Police Department and troopers with the Indiana State Police.
On Sunday, May 5, Deputy Joe Baker, Lieutenant Shawn Mayer and Deputy Phil Thomas and the Indiana State Police responded to 427 Maple Street in Austin tip of the illegal sales of narcotics. After questioning the inhabitants of the residence four more drug arrests were executed.
Jordan Harrell, 24, of Scottsburg was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a syringe and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Jake Hall, 26, of Jeffersonville was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
Ronald Boyt, 37, of Austin was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance count 1 & 2, possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance.
Rebecca Turner, 27, of Austin was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
Sheriff Goodin said that his department and the public’s quest for a “Drug Free and Safer Scott County” is happening thanks to tips from citizens. Keep those tips coming.”
On Tuesday, May 7, Deputies went to a Watertower Road residence north of Austin for a welfare check. After some questioning, Richard Riley, 38 of Austin was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.
Late that same evening, a Deputy responded to the Scott Memorial Hospital in an attempt to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. Daniel L. Stone, 37, of Seymour, who was receiving treatment for injuries in a single car accident at the 47-mile marker on I-65 was arrested for failure to appear in Scott County Court and also held on a Clark County warrant.
Just before 10 p.m. that same evening, Deputies responded to Leroy’s Store in Lexington on a report of a suspicious male. After questioning Carson Brown, 39, of Bloomington, officers charged him with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of paraphernalia.

The Peoples Bank Reports Financial Growth To Begin It’s Centennial Year

In 2019, The Peoples Bank will be celebrating its 100th year of service to Jackson County residents. Bank president Wm. Mark Norman told members of TPB Bancorp, the parent company of The Peoples Bank, and others present at its annual stockholders’ meeting on April 8.
Giving some of the history of the institution, Norman said, “Our institution was originally chartered in 1919 as the Brownstown Loan and Trust Company. The Peoples Bank was formed in 1965 with the merger of the Brownstown Loan and Trust Company and the First National Bank of Brownstown.”
In conjunction with the bank’s 100th year of service, a new logo was unveiled in January.
“The new, redesigned logo serves as a shining example that The Peoples Bank has the most modern banking tools and products for our customers,” said Norman. “We wanted our logo to match our well-established institution to show that not only do we offer the most modern products, but we also have a logo with a timeless look. We believe this a step in the right direction for our growing bank and moving forward with the most modern banking products for friends and neighbors.”
Norman encouraged customers to utilize the website www.banktpb.com for current information, to contact bank officials, and learn about the institution’s other internet services.
Robert M. Branaman, Executive Vice President and CFO, recapped company annual report for 2018;
He noted the assets of the bank at the end of 2018 were $211,519,593 as compared to $208,835,669 at the end of 2017. Net income for the year was $1,732,089 as compared to $1,595,694 in 2017. Earnings per share for 2018 were $3.51 compared to $3.23 in 2017. Book value per share at the end of 2018 was $38.71.
“The dividends of the Company in 2018 totaled $691,772 or $1.40 per share as compared to $642,340 or $1.30 per share in 2017,” Branaman said, noting “Recent stock sales had been ranging from $44.00 to $45.00 per share.”
Stockholders also re-elected directors Steven L. Ackerman and Scott E. Butt to three-year terms to the Board of Directors.
During the Board of Directors meeting, the following officers were re-elected to TPB Bancorp as officers for the holding company: Jeffrey A. Nierman, Chairman of the Board; Wm. Mark Norman, President; Robert M. Branaman, Corporate Secretary/Treasurer; Deborah A. Roll, Recording Secretary.
Re-appointed as officers of The Peoples Bank were Wm. Mark Norman, President & CEO; Robert M. Branaman, Executive Vice President & CFO/Trust Officer; M. Randall Butler, Vice President/Comptroller; Brian L. Sommers, Vice President/SR Loan Officer/Security Officer; Deborah A. Roll, Vice President/Administrative Assistant/Board Recording Secretary; Julie Cornett, Vice President/Auditor/Head Compliance Officer, Bryan Stahl, Vice President/Manager IT Services/Operations Officer, Michelle Taulman, Vice President/Loan Officer/Branch Operations, Will Spray, Assistant Vice President/Ass’t Trust Officer/Credit analysis Officer/Ass’t Security Officer and Brenda Hughes, Assistant Vice President/Mortgage Loan Officer.