Pill, Marijuana Lands Scott County Man In Jail

A rural Scott County man was arrested on a variety of drug charges last Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 12.
Indiana State Police Detectives with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scott County Probation Department completed a search warrant at a residence at 2041 East State Road 356, Lexington.
During the search, Clarence W. Johnson, 31, was charged with possession of Oxycodone and possession of marijuana.
Johnson was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Civil War Tour Saturday

The Seymour Parks and Recreation Department will host a Civil War Historical Tour of the Seymour and Rockford Areas this Saturday, Nov. 22. The tour will include areas of interest that were relevant during the Civil War period: The Reno Gang, Underground Railroad, John Hunt Morgan’s Raid and other events of that period. The tour will be narrated by local historian, Don Tatlock.
The tour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Library in Seymour and will last approximately 3 hours.
Seymour Parks and Recreation will provide a bus for the tour with a limited number of seats available. The cost for the tour will be $5 per person.
To participate in the tour, residents should call the Parks and Recreation Department at 522-6420.

Community Foundation Awards Local Grant

A Crothersville group was among those receiving recent grants from the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association received a $1,200 grant for the addition of a throughway between Hamacher Hall and the annex.
The grant is among 20 awarded Oct. 28 by the Foundation through its fall grant cycle, aimed at benefiting residents throughout Jackson County.
The fall grants total $32,536 and increase the total of grants awarded by the Foundation so far this year to $255,703. They include $86,000 in scholarships, $112,617 from endowments for nonprofit agencies, $7,500 from donor advised funds and more than $49,000 in grants to various Jackson County charitable organizations.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the fall grants on Oct. 28 following recommendations from the Foundation’s Grants Committee made up of board members and community volunteers.
“A majority of the grant dollars are funded through what are called unrestricted endowments with the purpose of using earnings from donors’ gifts to benefit Jackson County,” said Dan Davis, President and CEO of the Foundation.
“Our Grants Committee, with the experienced assistance of Vice President Sue Smith, does a thorough job of reviewing applications and conducting site visits to ensure that community needs are being met,” he added.
Unrestricted endowments invest gifts from donors for the purpose of funding grants to assist charitable needs and emerging issues in Jackson County. Currently, donations to the unrestricted endowments administered by the Foundation can earn matching dollars from Lilly Endowment through the GIFT VI initiative.
“All of these endowments and funds have been created through the generosity of businesses and individuals who care passionately about Jackson County and the folks who live and work here,” Davis said. “Their foresight is putting the Foundation’s motto to work by helping grow better tomorrows today.”
The Foundation offers endowment services, gift planning, charitable gift annuities and scholarship administration. For information or to make a donation to take advantage of the Lilly Endowment matching funds opportunity, call 812-523-4483.
The following fall grants were approved:
•Actors Community Theater of Seymour, $1,200 for audio equipment.
•Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, $2,250 for SMART Moves.
•Brownstown Swimming, $2,886 for lane lines and a dolphin timing system.
•Child Care Network, $400 for the CASA program manager to attend the 2015 National CASA Convention; and $1,000 for Kids Fest 2015.
•Developmental Services Inc., $1,000 for the extracurricular clubs program.
•Freeman Field Airport, $1,000 for a Tuskegee Airmen Memorial.
•Girls Inc. of Jackson County, $2,000 for the Teen Volunteer Program.
•Gleaners Food Bank Indiana Inc., $5,000 for the BackSacks Weekend Food for Kids program.
•Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County, $2,500 to help build a house.
•Hoosier Trails Council Boy Scouts of America, $2,000 to replace a severe weather alert siren for Maumee Scout Reservation.
•Houston School Restoration, $1,000 spackling, sanding , vacuuming and painting of interior walls.
•Legal Aid District 11, $1,000 for software upgrades and training.
•Matthew 25 Street Ministries, $2,095 for a second gas range, oven and stainless steel range hood for The Alley Kitchen.
•Riverview Cemetery, $1,000 for the purchase of shade trees.
•The Salvation Army, $1,000 for the Jackson County Emergency Assistance Program.
•Seniors 107 Club, $325 for new senior fitness equipment and programming.
•Seymour Main Street, $2,180 to replace four downtown street signs.
•Special Olympics of Jackson County, $1,500 for uniforms and equipment upgrades.

Opponents File Court Action To Stop Uniontown CAFO

Members of a group opposed to a CAFO near Uniontown, filed a lawsuit in Jackson Circuit Court last week seeking judicial review in an effort to stop the construction of a 4,000 head confined hog operation.
The lawsuit was filed last Thursday, Nov. 6, in Jackson Circuit Court.
Corinne Finnerty of North Vernon represents Eddie & Brenda Brumett, Hubert Brumett, Pat Kniola and Cartwright Revocable Living Trust, Harold & Melba Hoevener, Gary & Karen McDonald, Billy & Trina McLain, Steve & Charlotte Murphy, Donna Vail, and Karen Walker in their lawsuit against the Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals including Sherry Bridges, Bill Burnside, Ralph Collins, Mike Reynolds and Gene Speaker, as well as Broshears Family Farm LLC, Robert Kyle & Leah Broshears, Max & Brenda Klosterman, Pollert Family Trust, Roger & Linda Pollert.
The lawsuit stems from an Oct. 14 decision of the county BZA to allow Kyle & Leah Broshears owners of Broshears Family Farm LLC to construct a confined hog operation off of County Road 1050 E northwest of Uniontown.
The plaintiffs are a part of an opposition group ‘HUBERT,’ which stands for Help Us Build Ethical Rural Trust, a homage to Hubert Brumett, 92-year-old World War II veteran with respiratory problems who lives near the proposed hog farm.
The Broshears intend to purchase 10 acres from Max & Brenda Klosterman, Leah Broshears parents. The Klostermans are purchasing a larger parcel encompassing the real estate on contract from Roger & Linda Pollert of Pollert Family Trust.
In their lawsuit for the court to review the findings of the BZA, the plaintiffs claim, among their reasons, that there was a lack of substantial evidence to support granting the exception, BZA chair Sherry Bridges had a conflict of interest in that she and members of her family own real estate near the proposed CAFO site, the drawings presented for the CAFO site were inadequate to permit meaningful consideration, access to the property is inadequate as, at the hearing, the property had no deeded access, and the BZA places no time limits on the applicants’ rebuttal but severe time restrictions on the presentations of the opponents.
No hearing date has been scheduled. Claims in a lawsuit only give one side of an issue.
In a related matter, at their meeting on Nov. 5, the Jackson County Commissioners placed a moratorium on all new confined feeding operation applications. By a 2-1 vote with commissioners Jerry Hounshel and Matt Reedy voting in favor and commissioner Tom Joray voting against, the commissioners approved the moratorium until March 15.
The county is formulating a new ordinance for confined feeding operations to update the one originally enacted in 1968.

Voters Approve Expanding Town Council

Voters in Crothersville overwhelmingly approved increasing the number of officials to represent them on the town council.
There were 222 votes to increase the town council from 3 to 5 members and 92 voting no.
As a result, the November 2015 municipal election will have five town council candidates on the ballot in Crothersville.
Candidates for Crothersville Town Council can begin filing  for office next year.
Other election results
In local election races last week, Linda Luedeman defeated incumbent Crothersville School Board member Andrew Nehrt 472-235. Incumbent school board member Ralph Hillenburg turned back a challenge by Geoffrey Walker 390-302.
Robert Spicer was unopposed in his bid for another term on the local school board receiving 530 votes.
Republicans swept most county and township offices except in Vernon Township where Democrat Scott Kovener easily outdistanced Independent challenger Todd Baker 459-225.
For Vernon Township Board incumbent Republican Roger Teipen received 474 votes, incumbent Democrat Odes Densford gathered 446 votes and they will be joined on the board by political newcomer Democrat Allene Hougland who received 383 votes. Democrat Alisa Sweazy received 358 votes.
In the rest of the county, regional and state races, Republicans ruled.
The race for Superior Court 1 was the closest contest with incumbent Republican Bruce Markel receiving 5,479 votes to Democrat Susan Bever’s 5,012.
Incumbent Republican sheriff Michael Carothers received the highest number of votes of any county-wide race gaining 6,946 votes to Democrat challenger Jeff Lane’s 3,607.
Six term incumbent Democrat Assessor Bev Gaiter was defeated by Republican Katie Kaufman, 5,457 to 4,943.
Incumbent Republican County recorder Linda Auleman turned back a challenge by Democrat Vickie Ault 6,054-4,223.
In county council races, Michael Davidson defeated Brian Tidd 1,909-829 for the District 1 seat.
Leon Pottschmidt defeated Karen Metz 1,764-1,223 for the District 2 council seat and Republican Bridey Jacobi defeated incumbent Democrat Greg Prange 1,266-1,043 for the District 4 council seat.

Semi Wreck Benefits Local Food Pantry

A trucker from Texas was arrested in Jackson County last Tuesday afternoon after crashing his semitrailer on Interstate 65 north of Uniontown and fleeing the scene, leaving behind an injured passenger.
Jose Casares, 27, of Mission, Texas, was intoxicated at the time of the crash and faces charges of operating while intoxicated and causing injury to another, according to Indiana State Police spokesman Tommy Walker.
Casares’ passenger, Ramon Buentello, 28, of Alamo, Texas, was in the sleeper berth at the time of the crash and was transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Sgt. Brian Wilson. He was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The events that led to the crash began early Tuesday afternoon when Casares fell asleep at the wheel driving north on I-65 at the 43-mile-marker, Walker said.
Police said when Caseres awoke, he slammed his foot down on the brakes causing the truck to leave the road and turn on its passenger side. Casares kicked out the windshield to get out of the truck and then ran into a cornfield and wooded area to the east of the crash.
Police located Casares at Frontage Road and County Road 100S, taking him into custody without incident, Walker said.
The semi was hauling fresh produce from Florida bound for Kroger stores in Indianapolis. Undamaged food from the overturned semi was distributed to area food pantries and homeless shelters.
According to Vaughn Isenhower, a spokesperson for the Crothersville Food Pantry, over 3,000 pounds of peppers, green beans, squash and okra will be distributed during the food pantry’s monthly distribution this Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 a.m.
“We usually don’t have fresh produce available so this will be an extra special benefit to our clients just before Thanksgiving,” said Isenhower.