Seniors Serving Breakfast Saturday

The Crothersville Senior Citizens will be holding their semi annual fundraiser breakfast this Saturday, April 25, with serving from 5 to 10 a.m.

On the menu will be biscuits & gravy, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, coffee cake, along with milk, orange juice tea and coffee.

Cost of the meal is a free will donation with proceeds to benefit programs at the center.

The Crothersville Senior Center is located at 114 East Main Street next to the Crothersville Library.

Local Woman Dies, Car Strikes Tree

A Crothersville woman died in a single car crash Friday afternoon, April 17, shortly after 5 p.m.

According to Jackson County Deputy Adam Nicholson, Cheri A, Mankiller, 56, of Crothersville was driving south on US 31 just north of County Road 80 N when she drove off the west side of the road, down an embankment and struck a tree head-on in the northern part of Vernon Township.

Nicholson said when he arrived at the scene, the engine of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was still running and the doors were locked. The officer broke out the back driver’s side window to gain access.

Nicholson said he was unable to find a pulse. Jackson County EMS hooked up a heart monitor and was unable to detect any heart activity.

Jackson County Coroner Roger Wheeler pronounced Mankiller dead at the scene of the accident.

A witness following Mankiller’s southbound vehicle said that the woman’s auto left the west side of the roadway and never reduced speed. The witness reported that it didn’t appear that the vehicle slowed prior to impact with the tree.

Funeral arrangements for Mankiller are being handled by Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville.

Local Building Gets No Bid At Tax Sale

Three of the five properties offered last Wednesday at the Commissioners’ certificate sale were purchased. All of the parcels advertised were on the list for owing delinquent property taxes.

One of the two parcels that did not receive the minimum $200 bid was property owned by Environmental Awareness Reached Through Helping Hands, at 121 E. Howard Street in Crothersville.

The brick building has been the focus of the Crothersville Town Council due to its deteriorated condition. The council had discussed what to do with the building at their April 7 council meeting but delayed action pending the county certificate sale.

A 4/10 of an acre parcel at 611 North Street in Seymour, likewise, did not receive a minimum bid.

A .53 of an acres parcel at 3178 W. Water Street in Vallonia was sold for $450 and a .53 of an acre parcel at 7374 E 725 N Seymour was sold for $450. Both parcels were purchased by Tax Lien Trust 2033 of Indianapolis.

A1.07 acre parcel at 10366 N State Road 11, Seymour was purchased for $1,450 by Vida Investment Group LLC of Columbus.

Yard Sale Deadline Friday

With warmer weather greeting the area and a Friday deadline looming for free advertising, interest in the Greater Crothersville Community Wide Yard Sale will rapidly ramp up.

The deadline for signing up for free advertising is this Friday, at 5 p.m., according to Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, the sponsor of the semi-annual event.

The community yard sales will be held on Saturday, May 2.

“Anyone who considers themselves a part of the Greater Crothersville area is welcome to join in and hold a yard or garage sale that day,” said Kovener. “Advertising for the event is free.”

To take advantage of the free advertising, residents can call the newspaper office at 812-793-2188 leaving their name and yard sale location with the newspaper’s electronic secretary. Or they can email that information to

The listing of yard sale locations will appear in the April 29 Crothersville Times.

CHS Spring Concert, Awards This Sunday

The Crothersville Spring Concert and Awards will be held Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the CHS Cafetorium. Admission to the Fine Arts Concert is Free.

The concert will begin with the Crothersville Junior High Band performing “Prehistoric Suite”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” The High School Band will play the “William Tell Overture Finale”, “Be Still My Soul”, and “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Band Awards will be presented by Joe Law, Band Director.

The concert will conclude with the Crothersville Choir singing and dancing to the songs of “Flapper.”  These include “Happy Days Are Here Again”, “Everybody Charleston”, “Stocks and Bonds”, Gee, You’re Swell”, “It Has to be Jazz”, “Dijja’ Ever”, and the finale “Flapper.”

Choir Awards will be presented by Peggy Adams, Choir Director.

Fire District Proposal Get Public Hearing May 5

A proposal to establish a Vernon Township Fire District will get a public hearing by the Crothersville Town Council and Vernon Township Board on Tuesday, May 5, according to public notices published in this week’s Crothersville Times.

The fire district was proposed in February by local fire chief Ben Spencer as a way of increasing needed funding for the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department.

In separate meetings both the town council and township board have expressed their approval for establishing a fire district. The joint public hearing on May 5 will give both boards and the public an opportunity to pose questions and offer comments on the proposal. Following the public hearing both boards may take action to move the process forward.

Should that occur, the establishment of the fire district will be left in the hands of the Jackson County Commissioners. The commissioners will appoint a five-person fire district board to oversee the finances of the fire district. Both town and township will be sending the commissioners a list of potential fire district board members to consider.

Currently, the Vernon Township Trustee is responsible to funding fire protection in the town and township. Property owners in the township currently pay just under 4¢ per $100 of assessed valuation for fire protection and cumulative fire equipment.

Because of property tax caps and maximum levy limitations, the trustee is raising as much money allowed by the state for fire protection.

Establishing a fire district would, no doubt, mean a rate higher than the present one.

A 4¢ rate on a $100,000 owner-occupied home would mean that property would pay $13.10 annually for fire protection; a 6¢ rate would mean a homeowner would pay $19.65 a year and an 8¢ rate would cost a homeowner $26.20 a year.

Non-owner occupied homes, farms and businesses would pay more because those properties are not eligible for mortgage and homestead exemptions. For those entities, each $100,000 of assessed value would cost $40, $60, or $80 per year, respectively.

The public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, in conjunction with the monthly town council meeting.