Greater Crothersville Community Yard Sale Oct 7

The fall installment of the Greater Crothersville Community-Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 7, but with a change. Locations of the yard sales will not be listed in the newspaper gratis.
“For the past several years there have been fewer and fewer residents submitting their yard sale locations. But there were always more yard sales that those advertised,” said Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, sponsor of the community event.
“Perhaps that lack of response was waiting to see what the weather forecast would be, maybe it was procrastination on getting ready for a yard sale, maybe it was an attitude of setting up but not bothering to promote a sale and taking advantage of the crowd,” said the editor. “Even some churches and organizations had special events they chose not to promote in the newspaper but took advantage of the yard sale crowd traffic.”
Whatever the reason, the lack of response to promote it made it difficult to encourage visitors to come to Crothersville for bargains.
“When we first started this event around 20 years ago, there were 50 locations signed up, most recently it is difficult to justify a community wide event with just 11 yard sales advertised,” observed the editor.
So the Oct. 7 yard sale will be a “ya’ll come” style event. Residents will need to develop their own promotional technique of getting customers to their location.

Crothersville VFW Selling Buddy Poppies Saturday

This Saturday, September 23, VFW Post 1083 will be conducting Buddy Poppy sales around Crothersville.
The poppy is the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled and needy veterans in VA Hospitals. The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for Children.
“Area residents are asked to contribute generously by purchasing a Buddy Poppy from a VFW Auxiliary member and wear your Buddy Poppy proudly,” said Auxiliary spokesperson Danieta Foster.

Nashville Singer-Songwriters To Perform

Live music committee of Seymour’s Vision 2025 Project will host an “in the round” performance by three Nashville-based singer-songwriters — Greg Foresman, Alan Rhody and John Mann — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Woodstock Grill, Seymour Country Club, 1400 Shields Ave.
Advance tickets are $12 and are available at the Woodstock Grill, Jackson County Visitor Center, and Southern Indiana Center for the Arts. Tickets at the door will be $15.

Greg Foresman, a Louisville native, was a member of The Hammerheads, a hard-rocking southern funk group from 1988 to 1992. After the breakup of that band, he became an in-demand touring guitarist in Nashville and formed the Greg Foresman Band in 1993.
Foresman joined Martina McBride’s touring band in 1997, performing throughout the United States and overseas. He has continued to maintain his own identity as a guitarist, often playing at The Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, and continues to be in demand as a session guitarist in Nashville. He has recorded five solo studio albums.

Alan Rhody is a Kentucky native based in Nashville whose songs have crossed genres throughout his prolific 40-year career. Artists who have recorded his songs include The Oak Ridge Boys, Del McCoury, Toby Keith, Michael Martin Murphy, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Suzie Boggus, Ricky Van Shelton and many others.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ recording of the Rhody composition “I’ll Be True To You” was the quartet’s first number one hit.
Rhody has recorded nine solo CDs. Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, described him as “a singer-songwriter of unusual clarity and intelligence.”

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “John Mann has been an engaging and positive force, gracing the singer-songwriter scene with bulletproof songcraft, thoughtful lyrics and a voice as warm and inviting as anyone’s. Mann has a strong new album, ‘Evening News,’ that retains its individuality while clearly revealing his core influences of The Band, Van Morrison and John Prine.”

The Sept. 30 event is the latest in a series of “listening room” concerts hosted by the Vision 2025 music team, which is planning a regional singer-songwriter festival at various venues in Seymour in April, 2018.
Members of the team are Shawn Busby, Rebecca Schepman, Arann Banks, Shawn Malone, Larry McDonald, Joe Persinger, Roland Freeman, Darnell Dukes, and Shane Busby.

Scott Butt Joins Peoples Bank Board of Directors

Wm. Mark Norman, President of TPB Bancorp and its subsidiary The Peoples Bank, this week announced the appointment of Scott E. Butt to fill the remaining term of John H. “Butch” Robertson, who passed away June 7, 2017.
Butt is a 1983 graduate of Brownstown Central High School, a 2010 graduate of Indiana University Purdue University, Columbus. Currently he is the Managing Partner and President of Family Drug, Inc. in Brownstown. He began at Family Drug in 2001 by starting the Durable Medical Equipment and Oxygen Program and assumed positions of greater leadership and responsibility, culminating in being appointed to his present position in 2014.
He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Brownstown and have a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Katherine.
“Scott Butt is a respected business owner and his philosophies match that of the Board of Directors and the Bank,” said Norman.

Crothersville Police Charge 5 With Drug Offenses After Traffic Stop

Five area residents face a variety of drug related charges after the vehicle in which they were riding was stopped for a traffic violation on Bethany Road in Crothersville.
According to Capt. J.L. McElfresh, on Monday, Sept. 4, around 10:15 p.m., Crothersville Reserve Officer Mike Weiler made a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation.
Weiler reported, “As I came to the intersection of Kovener and West Main Streets I saw a silver Chevrolet Aveo westbound on Main. I observed the vehicle with a very dim left tail light and no right tail light and no license plate light.”
Weiler said he followed the sub-compact vehicle, noting it had six occupants, to South Bethany Road where the driver failed to stop for the stop sign.
After turning on his emergency lights, Weiler reported the driver pulled into a driveway 105 S. Bethany Rd and fled on foot. The other five occupants of the vehicle were detained during the investigation.
The reserve officer reported during the investigation seeking the identity of the driver, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and a syringe were located.
Officers were not able to locate the suspected driver, 20 year-old Logan Chase Roger.
The other occupants were arrested and taken to the Jackson County Jail. The following is the names and charges for those arrested:
•Kaylie Amber Jewell Mullins, 19, of Austin for visiting common nuisance
•Damon Wayne Hines, 48, of Scottsburg for possession of controlled substance and visiting common nuisance
•Jeffrey Kevin Powell, 19, of Tampico for visiting common nuisance and possession of marijuana
•Lora Mae Johnson, 43, of Brownstown for visiting common nuisance
•Alexus Gabriell Smith, 20, of Crothersville for visiting common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of syringe.
During questioning that evening, Mullins told Officer Matt Browning that Alexus Smith had shoved what she thought was meth down the front of her pants. Browning then questioned Smith about what she shoved down her pants.
According to Weiler, “Alexus stated that she had put a ‘rig’ down her pants. Officer Browning asked what a rig was and she stated it was a syringe.”
Officer Browning asked her to remove the syringe and place it on the ground.
According to Jail commander Charlie Murphy, during the booking process jail officers found a toradol tablet and a suboxone strip in Hines pants pocket resulting him being charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Weiler and Browning were assisted at the scene by:
Crothersville Officer Chris Cooper, Chief of Police Brent Turner, and Reserve Officer Travis McElfresh.

Main Street Circle Residents Want Street Lights

It was standing room only last Tuesday for the monthly Crothersville Town Council meeting as residents of Main Street Circle filled the town hall seeking street lights and paving.
Main Street Circle at the eastern end of Main Street is the town’s most recent housing development established in 2001. At the time, developer Paul Scholl provided the, then, town board with plans to develop the empty field with up to 27 new homes.
However, before the subdivision was completed, the developer died.
Jim Martin, of 621 Main Street Circle, acted as spokesman for the group of about 20 residents.
“We’re here tonight to ask the town to accept the street so it can be paved and to install street lights,” he said. “Without street lighting the area is dark at night for the 23 children who reside in the neighborhood.”
He said to provide some level of safety, residents leave their porch lights on.
While supportive of the residents concerns, town council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson said more research needed to be done to determine if developer plans were approved by a previous council and if utilites and the street were installed to those specifications.
“This is something that happens frequently in small communities,” said town engineer Brad Bender. “Developers developing property, don’t finish, and there is no bond to cover any incompletion.”
Town attorney Jeff Lorenzo added that developers should post a performance bond at the start of beginning a development and after the utilities and streets are completed post a maintenance bond for three years before the governmental entity accepts the utilities as a part of the town system.
However, frequently small communities are so excited about new houses being built, those future legalities are overlooked or ignored in an effort to support additional residents coming to the community.
The council told the Main Street Circle crowd that they would study the matter, perhaps do some engineering tests, and have an answer on street, utility and street lights at their October meeting.
The council approved second reading of an ordinance to make it a fineable offense to mow grass and leave the resulting clippings in town streets. A public notice of the ordinance is found on page 6 of this edition of the Times.
“Grass clippings, leaves and other yard waste left in the streets and ditches cause a problem by clogging drains,” said Robinson. “The town has recently made great expense on improving storm water drainage and we don’t want that money to be wasted by yard waste plugging drains and culverts.”
The town determined that a significant portion of the debris in the streets results from residents leaving grass clippings, leaves and yard waste in streets when property maintenance is performed.
Residents who contract with a lawn mowing service are still responsible if the mowing contractor doesn’t clean clippings from the streets or alleys.
The first offense will result in a $20 fine, 2nd offense will cost $40; a third time will mean an $80 fine and any fourth or subsequent offense will cost the property owner $100.
In other matters, town engineer Brad Bender informed the council that the stormwater grant project has begun and that replacing three culverts in the west side of town will result in some traffic disruption.
Bethany Road will be closed approximately 10 days from Sept. 18-28 for the replacement of a larger box culvert to improve storm water drainage into Hominy Ditch.
He said after the Bethany Road culvert is installed and the street re-opened, culverts over Park and Kovener Streets will be replaced closing both of those streets at the same time for about 20 days while work is completed.