Carol Otte To Lead Neurobics Program At Library

A Neurobics program is being offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at the Crothersville Library.

Led by Carol Otte, former Crothersville Schools Health and Physical Education teacher, attendees will learn to keep their brains “alive” with stimulating exercises that can be done at home and with new ways to do activities to keep their minds healthy.

Those interested should register for the free Jackson County Public Library program by going to, or by calling the Crothersville Library at 812-793-2927. There is a limit of 15 people.


Former School Trustee Sentenced To 13 Years For Dealing Drugs

A former Crothersville School Board member and Republican Precinct committeeman was sentenced to 13 years in prison for dealing drugs in Jackson Circuit Court last Wednesday

Roger D. McIntosh

Roger D. McIntosh

Roger D. McIntosh, 56, of South Armstrong Street in Crothersville agreed to plead guilty as a part of a please agreement to a single felony count of dealing in controlled substance after he was arrested in June 2015 on five counts of dealing drugs, theft, and illegal possession of ginseng.

At the time of his arrest authorities found 10 prescription bottles and bundled packets of hydrocodone, oxymorphine, Alprazolan, Oxycontin, and Suboxone not in prescription containers labeled as prescribed to McIntosh.

At the time of his arrest, McIntosh was out of jail on bond from his arrest in March 2014 on an earlier five-count charge of dealing drugs.

As a result of the plea agreement, the additional charges were dismissed by Senior Judge William Vance.

At the sentencing last Wednesday, his daughter, Morgan McIntosh, 25, of East Crothersville Road in rural Austin, said, “My dad is a good guy, He’s always been there for me. He just got wrapped up in some drug stuff,” she told the court.

She said that her father was active in the Crothersville community serving on the school board, Lions Club, and was a Republican Precinct committeeman for 20 years.

“In 2003 he was named the Austin High School Outstanding Alumnus,” she said.

Under questioning by Deputy Prosecutor Herbert “Pete” Walker, she admitted having a drug problem in the past, obtaining drugs from her father.

Roger McIntosh’s daughter, Sara, died of a drug overdose in 2010, her sister said in court.

In asking the judge for leniency in sentencing, she told the judge, ”He won’t do it again. I think it (his facing time in prison) scared him enough.”

Walker called Christopher Ryan Taylor, 31, of Scottsburg to testify at the sentencing. Taylor is currently incarcerated in Scott County Jail on other drug charges.

He told the judge that he sold drugs for McIntosh in Scott County and Eastern Kentucky in 2013. He said his dealing in pills such as Xanax and Roxicodone brought from $800-$1,500 a day.

In addition to selling drugs for McIntosh, Taylor told the judge that he “acted sort of like security for Roger keeping people who wanted to buy drugs away from his home,” he said. “Roger didn’t want to deal from his home because he didn’t want to draw attention.”

McIntosh acknowledged his wrongdoing to the judge. “I’ve done some bad things. But I’ve done some good things, good things for my community. I hope they are taken into consideration,” he said. “I’m just sorry it has come to this.”

McIntosh’s attorney Bart Betteau, reminded the judge of McIntosh’s lack of a criminal record. “What he did was absolutely reprehensible. But for 50 years he was a good man doing good things in his community: served on the school board, 15 years in the Lions Club, 20 years as a Republican precinct committeeman.

“A lengthy prison sentence doesn’t benefit Roger, doesn’t benefit the community,” Betteau told the judge.

Walker reminded Vance that McIntosh “was dealing drugs while out on bond (on other drug charges). He had a very developed operation.”

Before handing down the sentence, Vance said that he engaged in smoking as a youth and that others in his circle did as well. “Today, it seems, if one person uses drugs others in his circle (are likely to) use drugs,” he said.

“But when you engage in the culture and business of selling drugs that is a different consideration,” said Vance. “I am disturbed by him (McIntosh) supplying drugs to his own daughter.”

Vance sentenced McIntosh to 13 years to the Indiana Department of Corrections and suspended three of those years. He was ordered to serve eight years and the final two years on house arrest.

CHS Anglers Rank In World High School Fishing Finals

online CHS fishing

Shown above are club members Chandler Niehause, Taylor Tatlock, Joseph Tatlock, David Ross, and Dillon Maschino. Other members of the club include. Jonathon Wiesman, Andrew Johnson, Jonathon Eldridge, and James Amos.

Members of the Crothersville High School Fishing Club, Joseph Tatlock and Dillon Maschino, participated in the High School World Finals in Florence Alabama at McFarland Park on Pickwick Lake June 29,30, July 1st. They caught a total of 5 bass, one weighing 2 lbs 9 oz, and 4 with a total weight of 6 lbs 15 oz ranking them 69th out of 184 teams from 22 different states.

The Crothersville club is a part of the SAF student angler federation. The boys said the experience and memories will last a lifetime.

Tatlock is the son of Nick Tatlock, and Cassandra Tatlock; Maschino is the son of Angela Schmelzle, and Ed Maschino II.

The club thanks their sponsors for the year: 5-C Auto Parts, Walmart Distribution Center, The Peoples Bank, Complete Construction, Tatlock Lawn Care, Wilson’s Equipment Company, Bob Poynter GM Seymour, Aisin Drivetrain, Inc.

Locals Are Fair Queen Pageant Participants

online fair queenTwo Crothersville teens will be taking part in this Sunday’s Jackson County Fair Queen Pageant.

Cassidy Mantz, daughter of Brian & Regina Huey and George Mantz, sponsored by the Crothersville Extension Homemakers, is one of the 17 contestants in the annual grandstand kick-off to the county fair.

Derrick Maxie, son of Ryan & Linda Begley and Dennis Maxie, will be one of the four escorts for the pageant.

~photo courtesy of Denise Maxie

Town Must Establish Drainage Utility Fee, Council President Says

Crothersville Town Council President Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson has re-newed his call to establish a plan to improve storm water drainage in Crothersville.

“We need to get going on this. The rains we have experienced lately should leave no doubt in any residents’ mind that it has to be done,” he told the council and those in attendance at the July Town Council meeting.

In April he initiated a discussion to establish a storm water utility fee in town. The fund would allow town workers to install culverts where needed, clean ditches and drainageways to allow properties to properly drain after rains.

“There is away to help pay for improved drainage,” Robinson said earlier this year. “It is a way other communities such as Seymour and North Vernon have used.”

The Storm Water Utility Fee would be paid by all Crothersville water & sewer utility customers.

In April town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH said a residential fee would be established based on the average amount of impervious land (rooftops and paving). The fee would apply to non-residential customers as well.

“The fees are charged on individual parcels of land based on the amount of impervious area on the property (hard surface).  The amount of impervious land is used because it has been shown to be a good indicator of the amount of runoff that can result in surface water drainage issues,” said Bender.

Robinson said that the monthly fee to utility customers would be used by the town to purchase and install culverts and clean public drainageways to hasten surface water flow.

“Crothersville, as far back as I can remember, has always had a drainage problem,” councilman Bob Lyttle said in April. “Especially the east side of town.”

There, some residents over the years, filled in ditches to make mowing easier.

Councilwoman Danieta Foster said earlier this year that some of the drainage problems come from a hodge-podge of driveway drains.

“There are three neighbors on Moore Street that have three difference sizes and kinds of culverts. The one furthest downstream has the smallest diameter culvert,” she said.

Currently the town requires residents to purchase and install driveway culverts at their own expense.

The proposed fee would allow the town to purchase and install properly sized culverts uniformly as needed.

Robinson said that the monthly fee, which he proposed to be a part of the town’s utility bill, would be $3 a month for residences.

By comparison, North Vernon charges $3.75 per residence and the Town of Hope charges $3.50 per residence.

With a $3 monthly fee town residents would generate around $23,000 a year for drainage. Businesses, industries, the school and local churches would pay more on a proportional basis to what residences pay.

Robinson suggested that for non-residential property owners with roof and impervious land would pay $3 additional increments based on each additional 3,000 square feet.

If, for instance, the town approves a $3 monthly residential fee, and it is determined an average residence has 3,000 square feet of impervious surface, then a business or other non-residential entity with three times that hard surface could expect to pay $9 monthly. A property with 30,000 square feet of impervious surface would pay $30 per month.

A business with 3,000 square feet or less of impervious surface would pay $3, it was noted.

With the help of the Jackson County GIS, establishing impervious surface for each customer should be fairly simple, wastewater superintendent Mason Boicourt said.

Trena Carter of ARa, the town’s grant writing consultant, noted that to be eligible for future drainage grants, the state is now requiring communities to have a storm water utility fee in place. She said that communities with a monthly storm water fee of $3 or more fared more successfully in getting approval for grant assistance with drainage projects.

The town will hold a public hearing on establishing a proposed storm water utility fee at 6 p.m. at the next town council meeting on Aug. 2.