Scott Dist. 1 School Superintendent To Retire; Trevor Jones Named School’s Top Administrator

Robert Anderson

Robert D. Anderson, school superintendent at Scott County School District 1 will be retiring at the end of this month, following a 5 1/2 year tenure at the helm of public education in Austin, it was announced this week.
Anderson is a lifelong resident of Austin & 1975 graduate of AHS. After graduating from Indiana State University he was hired at Seymour Community School where he taught 5th grade & was the Assistant High School Swim Team Coach.
In August of 1980 he returned to his hometown to teach in the elementary school. In 1982 he moved to the Middle School where he taught Language Arts & was also the Curriculum Director. During this time he also coached a variety of middle and high school athletic teams.
In July 1986 he was named Elementary Principal & was in that capacity until July of 2013 when he was hired as the Superintendent of Scott County School Dist. 1. His last day as superintendent is Dec. 31.
A retirement open house is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Austin High School Cafeteria.

Trevor Jones Named New Superintendent

Trevor Jones

By a unanimous vote, Southwestern Jefferson County (Hanover) School Superintendent Trevor Jones was hired as the new Dist. 1, superintendent at a special meeting of the school board of trustees this past Saturday. Jones has been the Southwestern School Superintendent since July 2015. Prior to that he had been the middle school principal at Southwestern from 2007-2015.
He earned a Bachelor degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University Southeast.
Jones will begin his duties at the Austin School System after the first of the year.

Crothersville Kicks Off Christmas This Friday

Christmas in the ‘Ville at Hamacher Hall will take place on Friday evening, Dec. 7, at 6 p. m. This holiday tradition in Crothersville will include the tree lighting at the Stoplight Corner, Santa reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’, Cookies and Carols, and a Christmas Auction. Hamacher Hall is the former Presbyterian Church, and is located at 111 East Howard Street in Crothersville.
There is no charge for this event, although donations are always welcome, and those attending are encouraged to purchase items from the Christmas Auction. The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association sponsors this event each year, and looks forward to participation from those in the Crothersville area. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call Linda at 812-521-3695.

Countryside Park Awarded Community Foundation Grant

A Fall Grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County will help build a one-mile walking trail, install signage and create a wildflower habitat at Countryside Park in Crothersville.
The $4,189 grant, funded with earnings from the Immanuel United Church of Christ Vernon Township Community Endowment, the Schneider Nursery Inc. Unrestricted Community Fund, the Potts Family Endowment, the Don Bollinger Memorial Fund and the Jackson County Community Endowment, was awarded to the Town of Crothersville.
The project is part of partnership involving the town, Crothersville High School Science Club and the Oak Heritage Conservancy.
The grant was among 16 grants awarded through the Foundation’s Fall Grant program. The grants totaled $54,333.
The Countryside Park project aims to provide access to a safe, off-road nature walking trail, a beautiful community space where everyone is welcomed to spend time, signage and maps to ensure safe access to the trail and a place to connect with youth and others in the community, according to the grant application submitted by Tiffany Reynolds and Danieta Foster of the Crothersville Parks Board.
The application cited Jackson County’s high obesity rate as a factor for building the walking trail and encouraging Vernon Township residents to enjoy the outdoors.
“We want to make this a place where people want to come for fitness, wellness and time together,” Foster said. “We know that nature access can’t solve all of our problems, but we also know that it can help.”
The one-mile trail will be joined by a 15-feet-50-feet wildflower habitat that will attract butterflies, other pollinators and people to Countryside Park.
This is the second phase of a larger effort to improve the park, according to the application. In the past two years, the town has helped add playground equipment and a picnic area. Future plans include building a shelterhouse and building a sidewalk that would link Countryside Park to the town’s sidewalks. Now, town sidewalks end half a mile from the park.
The Foundation strives to help nonprofits and local communities make a positive impact on their community in a way that donors intended with their gifts.
“The Foundation’s Grant Committee, Board of Directors and staff work hard to ensure that our unrestricted and field of interest earnings provide as large an impact as possible throughout Jackson County,” said Dan Davis, President & CEO.
The Grant Committee strives to ensure that grant dollars reach across Jackson County, added Priscilla Wischmeier, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. She also serves as chair of the Grant Committee.
“This year we’ve approved grants that will assist projects and programs in Brownstown, Crothersville, Dudleytown, Hamilton Township, Medora, Redding Township and Seymour as well as places in between,” Wischmeier said.
Earnings from unrestricted and field of interest funds are generated through prudent investment of the endowed gifts from individuals and businesses. A portion of the earnings from those investments remain in the endowed funds to protect against inflation while other earnings become grant dollars that are awarded through the Fall Grant Cycle, Impact Grants and Classroom Education Grants.
Other Grants approved
The following grants were approved by the Community Foundation of Jackson County:
•Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, $2,500, for a toddler recreational play program.
•Child Care Network Inc., $1,000, for KidsFest 2019.
•Developmental Services, $4,500, for education and enrichment curriculum kits.
•Dudleytown Conservation Club, $4,500, to replace the club’s roof.
•Girls Inc. of Jackson County. $1,000, for the Friendly PEERsuasion orogram.
•Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc., $7,500, for the BackSacks Weekend Food for Kids program.
•Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department, $3,340, to replace fire hoses.
•Jackson County History Center, $7,500, to complete the sidewalk and back walk way.
•Medora Brick Plant & Historical Sites, $6,254, to restore the Medora Brick Plant office building.
•Mental Health America of Jackson Co., $1,000, for the “I’m Thumbody Special” program and $2,250 for the Crisis Intervention Training program.
•Oak Heritage Conservancy, $2,500, to fight back an invasive vine and save wildflowers at Lebline Wood Nature Preserve.
•Seymour Museum Center, $800, for a 12-foot two-story rolling scaffold tower.
•Town of Medora, $4,000, to repave the basketball court at the town park.
•Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, $1,500, for Client Services Financial Assistance and Victims Rights brochures.

Crothersville Schools Make-Up Day Dec. 15

Crothersville Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Terry Goodin has announced that the required weather related make-up day for the school system will be aneLearning Day on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Students and parents should plan their activities accordingly.
If you do have additional questions, contact your child’s school (Elementary 793-2622 or Jr.-Sr. High 793-2051).

Austin Christmas Parade, Open House This Saturday

Austin residents will enjoy a day of Christmas cheer with this year’s annual Christmas Parade featuring a community Open House following the parade, sponsored by the Austin Beautification Committee. beginning at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Austin Christmas Parade, featuring a host of classic cars, the AHS band and a number of local church and civic groups, will start at the corner of Broadway and U.S. 31, continue south on U.S. 31 to the first Austin Elementary School entrance just south of the stoplight ending at the old Austin Middle School gym where an open house will be held.
Santa Claus will come to town again in this year’s parade. He will be joined by other floats and parade attractions promising goodies for the children. There are many spots along U.S. 31 for residents to watch the parade. Residents are encouraged to line the sides on U.S. 31 on the parade route and enjoy the city’s holiday tradition
Adults and children alike will enjoy the sounds of the Christmas season during the parade with a marching performance by the Austin High School band. In addition, there will be musical entertainment performing during the open house following the parade.
During the Open House, refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be on hand for the children.

Four Arrested On Meth Charges

Indiana State Police served a search warrant at a Medora home which resulted in the arrest of four individuals on drug related charges late last Wednesday evening, Nov. 21.
The investigation began when troopers went to 67 E. Washington Street, Medora, Indiana after receiving a tip that drug activity was taking place at the residence. When they arrived authorities located Shawn T. Bowman, 37, and Teresa J. Bowman, 47, who live at the home.
Two more individuals, Scylar E. Barker, 28, of Medora and Savannha D. Cobb, 26, of Seymour were also found in the home.
Troopers observed indicators of methamphetamine production and use on the property. Sought and were granted a search warrant for the residence.
Upon searching the residence, troopers located suspected methamphetamine, items associated with the production of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to dismantle the suspected methamphetamine production operation located there.
All four individuals were arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges are possible.
They were all transported to the Jackson County Jail where they were incarcerated pending their initial court appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Medora Town Marshal’s Office and the Jackson County Probation Department