Train Hits Semi In Austin

Crash Scattered Can Lids Along Railroad

No injuries were reported last Tuesday, Mar. 12, when a northbound ILRC train struck a semi trailer on Morgan Street near the entrance to Morgan Packing Company in Austin.
According to reports, the semi had broken down on the crossing. The northbound train struck the trailer scattering its load on aluminum can tops north along the tracks for a considerable distance.
All crossings in the City of Austin except for the southernmost York Road crossing was blocked for several hours while the accident scene was cleared.

Mulch Manufacturer Looks To Build South Of Crothersville

Could Bring 30 Jobs, $10 Million In Investment

A northern Alabama landscaping mulch company wants to locate a new manufacturing facility south of Crothersville.
Sims Bark Inc. wants to build a mulching, dying, bagging and logistics operation on about 60 acres just outside the town limits on the east side of US 31 at the I-65 interchange. The business could employ up to 30 workers and looks to invest about $6 million in machinery and $4 million in buildings.
The company manufactures bagged landscaping mulch and potting soil; the kind most area homeowners have used to accentuate flower beds and shrubbery.
Their raw materials will come from sawmills and timbering operations in a 150 mile radius of Crothersville.
According to Andy Johnson, vice president of operations for Sims Bark, the company uses only by-products of other wood manufacturing operations.
“We primarily get our raw product from tree bark and the unused leftover wood products from sawmills,” said Johnson. “At Crothersville we would make that into landscaping mulch and potting soil.”
Lowe’s, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Rural King are among the company’s biggest customers, Johnson said. “Being along the I-65 corridor makes Crothersville very attractive for us.”
He added that the Crothersville location will open up additional markets for Sims Bark from Louisville, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
There will be several buildings constructed on the property which is now home to tall mounds of asphalt millings from repaving I-65.
A 100’x150’ wood processing plant which will feed several coloring bins for dyed mulch, a 135’x250’ bagging building along with a company office will be built.
The company expects about 100 trucks a day going in and out of the facility when production reaches its peak.
The company was to have gone before the Jackson County Plan Commission Tuesday evening (March 19) and a hearing before the county Board of Zoning Appeals has been scheduled for next Tuesday, March 26, in Brownstown.
If the company is met ith a favorable recommendation by the county planning office, they would be seeking tax abatements from the Jackson County Council sometime in May.
Sims Bark, founded in 1974 is a family owned business, has corporate headquarters in Tuscumbia, AL and manufacturing facilities in Brent, AL, Bowman SC, Woodbury, GA, Olive Branch, MS and Corbin, KY.

Scott County Sheriff Makes Warranted Arrests

Three people were arrested on a variety of court warrants by Scott County Sheriff’s deputies last week.
On March 9, 2019 The Scott County Sheriff’s Office received information of a wanted person in Austin. Deputies went to the residence and arrested Alexzander Walden, 22, of New Albany for outstanding warrants from three different counties.
Later in the day deputies went to Craig Park in Scottsburg seeking a female wanted on a warrant. Tiffany Stidham, 22, of Scottsburg was taken into custody on a Scott County Court warrant and also faces an additional charge of possession of a syringe.
On Sunday, March 10, Scott County deputies made a traffic stop that led to the arrest of Darren C. Sexton, 23, of Indianapolis on an out of county warrant.

Crothersville Seeking ‘Break Even’ Utility Rate Increases

To keep up with the cost of providing the service, the town of Crothersville is seeking ‘break even’ rate increases in the town’s water and sewer rates.
The water rates are proposed to increase 3/4 of a percent a year for the next five years while the wastewater rates are proposed to increase 2.75% a year for the same time period.
A public hearing on both rate ordinances will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at town hall. A complete breakdown of proposed charges is found on page 5 of the Times print edition and in the Public Notices section of the newspaper’s online edition at
Currently, residential customers of the town water utility pay $20.84 minimum charge and $8.35 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed. Those rates would go to $21.05 and $8.43, respectively.
Wastewater rates for sewage treatment is based on the utility customer’s water consumption. The town sewer rate is proposed to raise to $7.81 per 1,000 gallons of water consumed.
“These increases are just at a break even point for water and sewer treatment costs and maintenance,” said town attorney Jeff Lorenzo.
The town hired rate consultants Therber Brock & Associates of Carmel, Indiana to conduct the rate studies.
At their regular council meeting on March 5, the council voted 5-0 to approve first reading of the ordinance and rate increases. Following a public hearing, if the town council approves a second reading of the rate increases, they would be felt with utility customers’ bills in June.

Council Opposes INDOT’s ‘No Parking’ Plan Downtown

A proposal by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to make the east side of US 31 ‘No Parking’ along a block long section of downtown Crothersville was met with opposition by business owners in the area and members of the town council at last week’s monthly meeting.
INDOT wanted the town’s input on prohibiting parking on the east side of Armstrong Street (US 31) from the stoplight at Howard Street south to Main Street.
“Any parking spot is a valuable asset for our businesses,” said councilman Chad Wilson. “No parking is a bad idea.”
Councilman Bob Lyttle agreed, “We have to keep it open to assist our businesses.”
Representatives of Subway and Stop-In Liquors were on hand at the meeting to voice their opposition to the state’s plan. Both businesses said not only would customer traffic be harmed but deliveries could become problematic.
“No parking along a block in Crothersville isn’t going to make US 31 any safer,” said Randy Richey, owner of Stop-In Liquors.
The council quickly voted 5-0 to not grant approval to INDOT’s request.
In other matters, the council agreed to seek seasonal part-time help for the town. An advertisement for someone to mow grass, trim grass along sidewalks, and weeds as well as paint curbs appears in the classifieds of this week’s Times.
Town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH told the council the Seymour Road/Cindy Lane sewer lift station project is moving forward and should begin with warmer weather.
Trena Carter with ARa told the council that one more income eligible homeowner can be assisted with home repairs as a part of a CDBG housing in place grant.
The council voted 5-0 to hire reserve officer John Amis as a full-time Crothersville Police officer.

Schneck Encourages Community to Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer; Offering Free Home Screening Kits

A new study by Indiana University School of Medicine provides the strongest evidence to date to support recommendations that average risk patients can safely opt for an annual, easy-to-use home stool test instead of a screening colonoscopy.
The researchers reviewed and analyzed the findings of 31 studies with a total of 120,255 participants. Each individual had a FIT (short for fecal immunochemical test), which identifies hidden blood in stool. FIT results were compared to the finding of a subsequent screening colonoscopy and were found to have high detection rates for colorectal cancer.
“Our analysis finds that FIT is a good ‘pre-screening’ test for average risk, asymptomatic adults, saving them hassle and the U.S. healthcare system costs,” said Thomas Imperiale, MD, the lead author, a gastroenterologist with IU School of Medicine. “If annual FIT results remain negative, FIT buys you time until colonoscopy may be required, and it could be the case that a colonoscopy for screening may never be necessary or required.”
Colonoscopy is considered to be the gold standard in the United States for colon cancer screening, and it is often performed in average-risk, asymptomatic adults 50 and older.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing— the category that includes FIT— sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and other tests from age 50 to age 75, without preferentially recommending one particular screening test.
Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States—but 90 percent of colorectal cancer cases are curable if caught early. Thanks to colorectal cancer screening, polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer. And, colorectal cancer can also be found earlier when it is easier to cure.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Schneck Medical Center in Seymour encourages the community to get screened. If you are aged 50 or over or have risk factors including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and heavy alcohol use, talk to your physician about a colonoscopy.
“You should get your first colonoscopy at the age of 50. Depending on your personal family medical history and risks, you may need to be screened even earlier,” said Kristin Hines, RN, MSN, BSN, Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services at Schneck. “Talk to your family doctor about how often you should be screened.”
While a colonoscopy is the best way to check for and prevent colon cancer, Schneck is providing free coloCARE kits to test for hidden blood in the stool, a possible sign of colorectal cancer. Free coloCARE kits are available at:
•Schneck Primary Care in Seymour and Brownstown.
•Schneck Endoscopy Center at Schneck Medical Center.
•Schneck Family Care in North Vernon, Scottsburg, and Salem.