Fun & Fitness Now At Crothersville’s Bard Street Park

A $10,000 grant through Purdue University provided new playground equipment geared toward physical fitness and preventing obesity. The Crothersville Parks Board and volunteers recently completed the installation of the fun through fitness playground at the Bard Street Park on the east side of town.

When residents visit the Bard Street Park they will now find more than just a large field of grass and a shelterhouse. This past summer, in addition to traditional playground equipment, the Crothersville Parks Board has installed outdoor fitness equipment as well.
Earlier this year, the local Parks Board was approved for a $10,000 grant, provided by Purdue University through the Center for Disease Control, according to Parks Board President Ron Foster.
Equipment started arriving over the summer and park volunteers began its installation.
In additional to swings, monkey bars, and merry-go-round, also included at the Bard Street Park are a wave slide, a swing for special needs children, chin up bars, a rowing machine, a stepper/bike station, and a double chest press along with an informational sign with instructions on how to use the physical fitness equipment.
“The exercise equipment is geared toward those 13 years of age & older,”said Foster.
Mulch will be added around all equipment in Bard Street Park in the near future, he added.
“The Crothersville Parks Board is extremely thankful to Purdue and the CDC for allowing us to make these additions to Bard Street Park,” said Foster. “And what a great addition to our community.”
Foster expressed his thanks to community members who volunteered with the equipment installation.
“We hope that these new additions bring even more people out to use the parks in Crothersville,” he added.
The town also has Countryside Park on the west side of Crothersville.

Austin Fireman’s Festival Oct. 12-13

The annual Jennings Township Fire Department will be hosting the 20th annual Fireman’s Festival on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13, at the fire station on West Main Street.
The fire department will be serving up fish sandwiches throughout the two days and there will be booths featuring handmade crafts, a baby contest, raffles, and an opportunity to meet the candidates running in the Nov. 6 election.
Booth spaces are still being accepted. Booth space is 10’x10’ costs $10 for a church, outside booths without electricity is $20 and with electricity is $30. An inside booth is $50 and food vendors (dessert only) are available for $75. For booth rental contact Johnnie White at 812-595-0609.
There will be hayrides each evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Adult tickets are $4 and school age children are $2. The fire department will be selling a variety of light up and glow in the dark items during the hayride.
Music from the festival staged begins at 4:30 Friday afternoon with Sigma, Scott County residents Bomar & Ritter perform from 6-7 p.m. Southern Compromise takes to the stage from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and Rusty Bladen and the Unstoppables, close out the evening’s entertainment starting at 8:30.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, candidates for political office will be meeting residents.
The Herald Family will be on stage from 1:15-2:15, the Spare Change Band performs from 2:30-3:30; the band Shiddy Half Songs will be on stage from 3:45-4:45. From 5-6 p.m. FE Project will entertain, The Fabulous Hickbillys are featured from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., On The House performs from 7:30 to 8:30 and Alpha Dogs will close out the festival stage entertainment beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Railroads Can’t Be Fined For Blocking Traffic

Frustrating Officials & Emergency Responders In Seymour, Crothersville, Austin & Scottsburg

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that communities can no longer fine railroad companies when trains block traffic for longer than 10 minutes, an option some cities along the Indiana & Louisville Railroad Co. were considering as they contend with more rail traffic.
Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed in the ruling that an 1865 law was pre-empted by the 1995 Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. The act prohibits states from enacting a law or rule that manages or governs rail transportation.
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. challenged the statute after receiving 23 tickets in Allen County, where Fort Wayne is located. The railroad’s lawyers said the company faced a burden of having to speed up trains or run shorter trains to comply with the statute.
Railroad crossings have been a long-standing issue in Jackson and Scott Counties. Communities along the rail lines have sought money to pay for expensive safety features at the crossings, which railroad companies don’t have to pay for. The Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., which runs north and south, also improved the lines and got permission to run more and faster trains on tracks through Jackson & Scott Counties. The stopped and slowed trains can cut off traffic.
The issue is particularly bad in Seymour— a city which bills itself as the ‘Crossroads of Indiana’— when a northbound ILRC train switches to a east bound CSX railway. Slowed, lengthy trains can block US 50, State Road 11 as well as numerous city and rural crossings while making the transition.
The issue has prompted the addition of fire and ambulance facilities strategically placed in Seymour in the event of lengthy train delays.
“But the hospital emergency room is on the west side of town and it there is a eastside vehicle crash or fire at the same time a train is coming through town, it can be a very bad situation,” said Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman
Emergency responders would have to decide whether to go around the train at a different crossing, which would add costly minutes to the run time, or wait it out. And now, because of the Supreme Court ruling, they could risk waiting longer than 10 minutes.
The issue is prompting the city to begin plans another railroad overpass on the city’s south side on a proposed Burkhart Boulevard extension to State Road 11 (Walnut Street). Seymour already has an overpass on North Burkhart over the railroad. Planning for that began in the 1980’s, Luedeman said.
The ILRC line runs through the middle of the Scottsburg, Austin, Crothersville and Seymour’s downtown as well as the westside of downtown Columbus.
Overpasses in Scottsburg, Austin and Crothersville would be cost prohibitive.
Railroad companies last year upgraded tracks throughout the state to allow for more trains, more weight on a freight and higher speeds. But they have not upgraded safety features at railroad crossings. Those changes fall on the cities themselves, which frustrates local officials.
Before the Supreme Court ruling, Indiana law allowed cities to issue tickets for $200 or more to railroad companies if one of their trains stopped or blocked traffic for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Hall-aciously Huge Sweet Potatoes

Ed Hall’s Crothersville garden produced some large sweet potatoes this summer, many reaching the 4-pound mark.
“I wish I could tell you what I did but I just tilled up the ground, stuck them in the dirt and look what I got,” said the retired postal worker and US Navy veteran.
“Usually when they grow this big they get woody but these baked up just fine and made for a fine meal,” he said.

Senior Citizens Serving Breakfast Saturday

The Crothersville Senior Citizens will be serving up the best breakfast in Jackson County this Saturday, Sept. 29, during the annual fall fundraiser.
Serving will be from 1-11 a.m. at the Senior Center, 114 E. Main St., Crothersville.
On the menu will be biscuits, gravy, eggs, biscuits, sausage, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee cake, orange juice, coffee, and milk.
Adult meals are $6, children 3-12 are $3 and under 3 is free. Carry out meals will be available. Proceeds will help fund activities at the local senior center.

Fall Community Yard Sale Oct. 6

The Greater Crothersville Community Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, October 6, according to Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, an organizer of the semi-annual event.
“Anyone who considers themselves a part of the Greater Crothersville area is welcome to join in and hold a yard or garage sale that day,” said Kovener. “Our neighbors in Scott County are welcome to hold and advertise their yard or garage sale free of charge.”
Each vendor will have their sale location placed on the Town of Crothersville’s Facebook page for the world to see.
To have your yard sale promoted on Facebook, call or text Town Council President Danieta Foster at 812-390-8217 with your sale and its location.