Historic Landmarks Gives ‘Thumbs Up’ To Local Preservation Project

online derelict bldgA 125-year-old brick building scheduled for the wrecking ball in downtown Crothersville has been approved by the board of directors of Indiana Historic Landmarks as a remediation project for the preservation organization, according to Greg Sekula, regional representative of the organization.

The 2-story building, built in 1891, at the stoplight corner originally served on the second floor as the meeting hall for the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Crothersville. The street level portion has served as pharmacies, barbershops, retail shops and the local library over the decades until it fell into disrepair over the past several years.

The Jackson County commissioners currently own the certificate of ownership due to delinquent property taxes.

The town has agreed to use $40,000 formerly earmarked for demolition to give to the Indiana Historic Landmarks to assist with the preservation effort.

Title to the property will go from the county to IHL and after remediation, they will market the building to a new owner.

“This is great news that this project will be moving forward,” said town council president Ardell Mitchell. “I hope we can work to help find a buyer and years from now we will see this building remain.”

Indiana Historic Landmarks will be replacing some brick, tuck pointing the structure, replacing the roof all to shore up the building and make it structurally sound.

Interior remodeling would be left to a future buyer to design the way that suits their business need.

Kovert-Hawkins of Jeffersonville is donating architectural services for the project, Mitchell said. Architect Hal Kovert is a Crothersville native and has been involved the the remodeling of Crothersville Community Schools and assisted the Greater Crothersville Heritage Foundation with design ideas for the present Hamacher Hall Cultural Arts Center.

Work on the IOOF building is expected to begin later this summer.

Conservation Club Frying Fish Saturday

The Tri-County Conservation Club, located at 8705 E 800 S southwest of Crothersville will hold their monthly fish fry on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call in orders will be taken by calling 812-498-6522, 812-498-4447 or 812-498-4448. The menu will consist of fish sandwiches for $3.50, french fries for $1.25, desserts for $1.00 and drinks for 50¢.

Indoor Marijuana Operation Located In Scott County

0729 p1 Flaminio, DavidA trooper with the Indiana State Police was attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 6191 East State Road 356 in Lexington last Thursday, July 23. The person being sought was not at the home but the trooper with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office located an indoor marijuana grow operation in a garage next to the home, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

“The garage contained grow lights and growing marijuana plants. The grow operation was estimated to be producing over $3,000 per month in marijuana proceeds,” Goodin said. “We don’t know how long the grow operation has been functioning.”

David Flaminio, 42, was arrested and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on several marijuana related charges.

This investigation is continuing, Goodin reported.

With More Pre-Kindergarten Providers, Enrollment Re-Opened For ‘On My Way Pre-K’ To July 31

Jackson County providers have nearly doubled the anticipated capacity of preschool programs prompting a second enrollment period opens for On My Way Pre-K.

The Jackson County Education Coalition executive director Dan Hodge said that a second enrollment period for the On My Way Pre-K program will run through July 31. Jackson County is the only pilot county being offering a second enrollment period. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

“This opportunity came about because the county has built more capacity than previously anticipated,” said Hodge. “We had anticipated 10 qualified high-quality providers with a capacity to serve 100 children by the start of the pilot program. With a lot of work from the Coalition and its partners the county will have 13 childcare providers with a capacity of serving almost 200 children.”

Over the next couple of weeks, Jackson County Education Coalition will coordinate efforts to get more children enrolled in the program.  The Education Coalition will rely on this work being completed by the On My Way Pre-K Project Manager, Natasha Langford, and our other community partners and volunteers. For those qualified, we will have open enrollment over the next couple of weeks.

“All good things start with a great foundation. Opening up enrollment again will allow more of our children, to get that great foundation with the additional preschool opportunities” Hodge said.

The Jackson County Education Coalition is a partnership of education, business, and community leaders focused on aligning and integrating the county’s learning system with economic growth and a high quality of life. The goal of the Coalition is to provide programming to students Pre-K, K-12, post-secondary, and adult education – a “cradle-to-grave” approach.

To find out more about a Pre-K program near you, parents can contact the Education Coalition at 812-271-1123.

Orientation Monday At Austin Christian Pre-School

Orientation for students enrolled at Austin Christian Preschool for the 2015-2016 school year, will be held next Monday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. After a brief meeting to go over the Handbook and Preschool Calendar, students will enjoy a refreshment time with their teachers and parents. They can then tour the Preschool rooms and play on the playground.

There are still openings available for the 3, 4, & 5 years old classes. Call the church office at 812-794-2541 for more information about enrollment.

Classes will start on Wednesday, Aug. 5, for the 4 & 5 year olds and on Thursday, Aug. 6, for the 3 year olds. The church is located on Highway 31 south.

State Group Offers Indiana Bicentennial Benefits To Hoosier Pioneer Families

As the 2016 bicentennial of the state of Indiana approaches, find out how you can learn about your pioneer ancestors and can honor them for helping to settle this state. If you had ancestors in Indiana by 1840 (or a few years later in a few northern counties) or if you are simply interested in state history, consider joining The Society of Indiana Pioneers.

It provides a way to pay tribute to your pioneer ancestors. You can add your family history to society records, so your background is never lost or forgotten. You may be able to learn more about your own family in the Society’s archives of over 8,500 individual pioneers. By joining now, you can take part in activities planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our state in 2016.

In the Society you can discover more about local history on tours to state historical sites and can help promote education and research about Indiana history through the society’s awards to grade schools, graduate fellowships, historical markers, programs and publications. You can enjoy friendships with others interested in preserving Hoosier history for current and future generations.

To join, go to www.indianapioneers.org, or call the Pioneers office at the State Library at 317-233-6588. Application fee is $25, and regular annual dues are just $25.

Membership includes newsletters, yearbook, help with genealogical research, annual program and opportunity to join field trips to historical sites, as well as plans for special events in Indiana’s bicentennial year 2016.