Winter Comes To The Wilderness

The first significant snow of 2019 fell on south central Indiana over the weekend with Jackson & Scott Counties getting between 5”-7” in some areas. While state and county highway road clearing efforts were aided by above freezing temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, some of the more secluded areas made navigation a challenge…and photogenic.

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

17 Arrested On Drug Charges Since First Of The Year In Scott County

In the first 11 days since Sheriff Jerry Goodin took office on January 1, seventeen drug related arrests have been made in Scott County. On his first day in office Goodin released a statement regarding his zero tolerance policy for drug offenses.
“We mean what we say,” said Goodin. His goal is to make Scott County a drug free county.
Seventeen have been arrested on drug charges since January 1st.
Jan. 3: In collaboration with the Indiana State Police, Harold Cochran, 58 of Scottsburg was arrested for two counts of dealing in methamphetamine.
Jan. 6: Deputies responded to a male subject parked in a residence driveway. Jimmie Pate, 48, of Scottsburg was arrested for driving under the influence, resisting law enforcement, and possession of marijuana.
Jan. 6: Deputy Josh Watterson conducted a traffic stop on Highway 56 and arrested the passenger, Adaija Boozer, 20 of Indianapolis for visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Jones, 21, of Indianapolis was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, possession marijuana, and false informing. He was also held in jail on an out of county warrant.
Jan. 6: Deputy Joe Baker conducted a traffic stop and arrested Aaron Couch, 29, of Otisco for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of syringe, and possession of methamphetamine.
Jan. 6: Deputies arrested Jacinda Barrett, 29, of Henryville for possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and visiting a common nuisance
Jan. 6: Deputies arrested Scott Cope, 31, of Scottsburg for possession of syringe, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, and possession marijuana.
Jan. 8: Deputy Phillip Thomas conducted a traffic stop and arrested Kristen Couch, 20, of Austin for resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and possession of paraphernalia.
Jan. 9: Deputy Kevin Huber conducted a traffic stop and arrested Tyler Snow, 25, North Vernon for possession marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Jan. 10: Deputy Joe Baker conducted a traffic stop and arrested Steven Bowling for possession marijuana and possession of paraphernalia
Jan. 10: A search warrant was conducted and led to the arrest of Lora Johnson, 44, of Scottsburg for maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in marijuana, dealing controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. During the search warrant Jeffrey Powell, 20, of Scottsburg was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, dealing in marijuana.
Jan. 10: Deputy Paul Clute assisted by deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Austin City Police Officers, and the Indiana State Police executed a search warrant at 13852 W. 163 N in Deputy, Indiana in Jefferson County. Two people were arrested, Perry Gammons on multiple warrants and Chris Boyle for possession of methamphetamine. The individuals were taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail.
Jan. 11: Deputy Johnny Coomer conducted a traffic stop that led to the arrest of Justin Smith, 27, of Salem for possession marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and resisting law enforcement. During the traffic stop, Ashley Fleenor, 22, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession marijuana, visiting a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a precursor, possession of controlled substance, theft, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringe, possession of paraphernalia, and she was held on an out of county warrant. Also arrested was Austin Hall, 24, of Austin for possession of narcotic drug.

Foster, Wilson Re-Elected To Lead Crothersville Town Council

Danieta Foster was re-elected as president of the Crothersville Town Council when the local governing body met Jan. 8.
Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson made a motion to name Bob Lyttle president, but it died for lack of a second. Councilwoman Brenda Holzworth then made a motion to make Foster president, and that gained a second and passed 4-1 with Robinson casting the no vote.
Councilman Chad Wilson then made a motion to have Lyttle serve as vice president, and it passed unanimously. But at the end of the meeting, Lyttle declined the position, and Robinson made a motion to keep Wilson as vice president, and that passed 5-0.
The council also made other appointments during the meeting.
Robinson will continue to serve on the Jackson County Solid Waste Management District committee; Duane Davis will be the town’s Indiana Department of Homeland Security representative; and Curt Kovener will remain the town’s representative on Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation.
At the council’s next meeting Feb. 5, it will approve members of the safety board after conferring with Fire Chief Charles Densford to see if he wants to retain his seat on the safety board. The other members on that board are Wilson and Holzworth.
In other matters, the council tabled a discussion on whether to record the council meetings and put the recorded meeting online. Robinson questioned the costs of microphones and cameras for recording and whether the town’s website would allow for online broadcast.
The council heard an update from FPBH, the town’s engineering firm.
•The Seymour Road sewer/storm sewer & lift station project should start sometime in February or March.
•The Community Crossing Paving Grant should be ready to go to bid in February,

Sandhill Cranes Return

For the past month flocks Sandhill Cranes have been dining on harvested grain fields in Jackson and Scott Counties.
The seasonally migratory birds can be heard by their distinctive trilling call.
Large flocks of the birds can be found south of Seymour in harvested fields, the Ewing bottoms west of Brownstown, and the Muscatatuck Bottoms in Scott and southern Jackson Counties.
The recent river flooding helped to congregate the cranes into more compact areas. They like resting at night in shallow water as splashing water can serve as an alarm to predators.

~photo by Donna Stanley, USFWS

Crothersville, Austin, Scottsburg Will Hold Elections This Year

Filing For Office Gets Underway Today

Candidates seeking municipal offices in 2019 have to file a declaration of candidacy beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 9. The deadline for filing is noon Friday, Feb. 8.
The Primary election date is Tuesday, May 7.
In Crothersville, five town council seats and the town clerk-treausrer seat are up for election. All are voted on at large.
Current office holders are Terry Richey, clerk-treasurer; and town council members Danieta Foster, Brenda Holzworth, Bob Lyttle, Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, and Chad Wilson.
The City of Austin will be electing a mayor, clerk-treasurer, and five city councilmen.
Current office holders include Mayor Dillo Bush, clerk-treasurer Chris Fugate, council members Greg Goodin, Staci Mullins, Joe Smith, Brandon White, and Johnnie White.
The city of Scottsburg will be electing a mayor, clerk-treasurer, and five city councilmen.
Current office holders are Mayor William H. Graham, clerk-treasurer Janetta C. Hardy, and city council Stanley Allen, Karen Grecius, William Hoagland, John Konkler, and Charles Rose.

Over 250 Names Removed From Scott Voter List

As a result of the 2016 Voter List Maintenance (VLM) project conducted by the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, 252 voter registrations in Scott County were recently cancelled, according to Scott County Clerk Missy Applegate.
All of the registrations had two VLM cards mailed to them by the State in 2016 and both were returned to the State with insufficient addresses.
“At the point, these voters were placed in an inactive status and was given time to activate it through two federal general elections,” said the clerk. “Of those changed to the inactive status, 252 did not get activated and were cancelled.”
Although the Scott County Clerk’s Office followed all of the steps necessary to complete the 2016 VLM, the Clerk’s Office is posting the names to give voters another chance to be registered for the coming municipal election by completing a new registration form either by coming to the Scott County Clerk’s Office to register or by going online to to process it online. If a new registration is not completed before the next election, these voters will not be able to vote on election day.
The list is located in the Scott County Clerk’s Office, Suite 120, in the courthouse in Scottsburg.