Parks Board Announces Crothersville Holiday Events

Beginning Monday, Nov. 25, there will be a mailbox in front of town hall for Letters to Santa. Letters will be accepted until Christmas. Letters in the box by Dec. 20, which include a return address will receive a letter back from Santa, according to Crothersville Parks Board President Ron Foster.
He said the Parks Board will once again be hosting an outside Christmas decoration contest.
Anyone residing inside town limits is eligible. All you have to do is contact the Parks Board through Facebook or call 812-390-8217 to get on the list to be judged, said Foster.
Decorations need to be ready and illuminated, by Wednesday, Dec. 11, for photos for the People’s Choice Award. Judges will make rounds on Thursday, Dec. 12, for other prizes.
Pictures for the People’s Choice Award will be on the Parks Board Facebook page late on Dec. 11.
The community’s annual Christmas parade is set to steep off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Everyone is welcome to enter: floats, cars, walking units, all organizations and individuals. Line up begins at Bard Street Park at 5 p.m.
Cookies with Santa at the Fire Department will follow the Parade.
Outdoor lighting winners will be announced then, Foster said.

Christmas Parade, Open House Kicks Off Austin Holiday Season Dec. 7

Austin residents will enjoy a day of Christmas cheer with this year’s annual Christmas Parade featuring a community Open House following the parade. The Austin Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Austin Christmas Parade will start at the corner of Broadway and U.S. 31, and head south on U.S. 31 to the first Austin Elementary School entrance just south of the stop light.
Santa Claus will come to town once again in this year’s parade. He will be joined by other floats and parade attractions promising goodies for the children. Residents are encouraged to line the sides on U.S. 31 on the parade route and enjoy the city’s holiday tradition. “There are many spots along U.S. 31 for residents to watch the parade,” said Mayor Dillo Bush. Adding, “The parade is sure to offer the usual set of participants including a host of classic cars, the AHS band and a number of local church and civic groups.”
In addition, there will be musical entertainment performing during the open house following the parade.
During the Open House, held at the old Austin Middle School gym, refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be on hand for the children’s delight.
The City of Austin Beautification Committee is sponsoring this year’s community Open House.
For more info, or to learn how your organization can participate in this year’s parade, contact the Austin Mayor’s Office at 812-794-6646.

Internet Advertising Leads To Drug, Child Neglect Charges

Through a resident’s tip, deputies from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office were made aware of a man advertising on the internet to sell drugs to people in Scott County. Deputy Joe Baker responded to the ad and made arrangements to meet the man and make a purchase on Friday, Nov. 1.
Dep. Baker went to the arranged location in Scottsburg and when the internet advertiser showed up, he was placed under arrest.
The man also brought two other individuals with him and a small child. Officer Baker completed his investigation and arrested the three individuals on drug related charges and neglect charges.
•Darnell McGee, 32, of Scottsburg was arrested for dealing in marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent and possession of paraphernalia.
•Cynthia Owens, 28, of Scottsburg was arrested for dealing in marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent and possession of paraphernalia.
•Trenton Ragland, 18, of Scottsburg was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
All three were incarcerated in Scott County Jail.

Leaf Pick Up Begins Nov. 18 In Austin

The City of Austin will begin fall leaf collection the week of Nov. 18 and will run on the same schedule as regular trash pickup days, according to Mayor Dillo Bush’s office.
Residents should rake their leaves to the street edge but not place leaves in the ditch to help prevent drainage problems.
Leaf collection will continue each week until all leaves are gone or through the end of December, whichever comes first.

Republicans Sweep Crothersville Election

Republicans were elected to lead the town of Crothersville beginning in 2020.
Political newcomer Republican Staci Peters defeated Democrat Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson for clerk-treasurer 218-128. Robinson was a two-term Democrat town councilman.
Incumbent Republican councilman Chad Wilson led the vote getting with 237 votes, Jamy Greathouse polled 218, Jason Hillenburg polled 210 votes, incumbent Danieta Foster received 183 votes and Katie Masters tallied 181 votes be on the town council beginning in 2020.
Democrats Kyle McIntosh received 166 votes, Geoffrey Walker received 96 votes and Cedric Nichols gathered 77 votes.

Amick Defeats Graham For Scottsburg Mayor

A second time was the charm for Democrat Terry Amick in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Mayor Bill Graham. Voters gave Amick a 924-786 margin.

Democrat incumbent Jan Hardy ran unopposed for clerk-treasurer and tallied 1,288 votes.

Republican Chris Albertson was elected District 1 city councilman over Democrat Chuck Sebastian by a 185-148 vote. Incumbent Democrat Bill Hoagland was unopposed for the District 2 seat and received 202 votes. Republican Christian Evans was elected to the District 3 council seat over incumbent Karen Gricius by a 270-218 margin. Democrat Chuck Rose was unopposed in his re-election bid for the District 4 seat gathering 426 votes. Democrat Ric Manns was elected over Republican Erick Mays by a 974-596 tally