Community Yard Sales Saturday, Oct. 3

The Greater Crothersville Community Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, Oct. 3, according to Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, the sponsor of the semi-annual event.

“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 ctimes@frontier.com.

The deadline for signing up for the advertising is Friday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. for the ad which will appear in the September 30 Crothersville Times.

Adams Adventures Announces Additional Trips

Adams Family Funeral Homes and Adams Adventures announce its remaining day trips for 2015. This is a monthly community activity and outreach program created to bring people together in fun fellowship to experience new places, try new things and meet new people.

On Friday, Sept. 11 will be a trip to Story, Indiana to have lunch at the historic Story Inn and Tavern. Then we will head into Nashville to enjoy an afternoon of browsing the shops (at your own pace). Tickets are $25 and include lunch and transportation. Paid RSVP by September 7. Pick up times are the following: Henryville 9 a.m., Scottsburg 9:20 a.m., Crothersville 9:45 a.m. Return approximately 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9, is a trip on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. It departs out of Bardstown, KY and is a 37 mile round trip excursion that lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours. The trip includes a 3 course meal. Restrooms are available in each car and the train is air conditioned and/or heated for climate comfort. Tickets are $80 and include transportation, meal, tax, gratuity and train ride. Tickets are limited but still available. Paid RSVP by September 4. Pick up times are the following: Crothersville 9 a.m., Scottsburg 9:20 a.m., Henryville 9:40 a.m. Return approximately 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13, will take us to Simpsonville and Shelbyville, KY. We will begin with lunch at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House where we will enjoy southern hospitality and cooking. After lunch, we will travel a few miles back to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. This may be the perfect time to start some early holiday shopping. Ticket: $6 for transportation. Lunch will be “Dutch Treat”. Paid RSVP by November 2. Pick up times: Crothersville 9 a.m., Scottsburg 9:20 a.m., Henryville 9:45 a.m. Return approximately 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec, 9, begins with an early dinner at King Fish in Jeffersonville. Then we plan to put you in the Christmas spirit by touring through the MEGA Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville. Ticket: $9 includes transportation and Mega Cavern entrance. King Fish meal will be “Dutch Treat”. Paid RSVP by November 18.

For further information on these trips call Crothersville 812-793-2571; Henryville 812-249-1300; Scottsburg 812-752-7526. Note that all tickets are non-refundable but they can be transferred to someone else if you are unable to attend.

All pick up locations are at the parking lots of Adams Family Funeral Homes.

Regal Industries Closes, Files For Bankruptcy

Regal Industries, long-time Crothersville based manufacturer of cellulose insulation, has ceased operations and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Tim Henry, president of the company and grandson of one of the company’s founders, said the reasons for the company’s demise were multiple.

“Before the housing bubble burst, we couldn’t make insulation fast enough,” he said. “Then around 2007 when housing crashed and the banking crisis added to the lack of home construction, our business orders plummeted.”

Henry said that at about that time the cost of shipping freight went up. “Diesel fuel prices went up and our costs to ship our product went up,” he said. “It was a double whammy. We didn’t have the orders we used to and couldn’t ship as far as we used to.”

“Between the housing bubble burst and increase shipping costs, we just couldn’t recover,” he said.

He said getting quality raw materials was also inconsistent.

The company’s raw material was newspaper. And the newspaper industry, being pressured by legislation and environmental groups, began to use recycled newsprint.

Henry said that was good for the environment, but made it more difficult to produce a consistent cellulose insulation product.

“Recycled newsprint results in shorter fibers which makes for less insulation R-value,” he said. “We would get a load of recycled newsprint and the next one might not be. It was difficult to maintain consistency for our product.”

Regal Industries began in the mid-1970’s when then local building contractors Earl Murray (Henry’s grandfather) and Lee ‘Sam’ Royalty developed a way to cut housing costs by using cellulose insulation recycled from readily available newspapers rather than fiberglass. The pair were innovators in the blossoming green movement to reuse and recycle newsprint.

The contractors kept their construction crews employed during the winter when housing projects were down by producing cellulose insulation from ground up newspapers.

Regal Insulation quickly overshadowed Murray & Royalty’s construction business and the pair began to focus on larger scale insulation manufacturing.

Over the years Regal’s business grew and they had several plant expansions. At one time Regal Industries employed 140 at their plant west of Crothersville and was the largest single plant producer of blow-in type insulation east of the Mississippi River.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make,” said Henry. “We tried to find another company to purchase us to keep in production and I tried to find investors to stay in business, but we weren’t successful.”

Business founder Lee ‘Sam’ Royalty, 67, battled cancer before succumbing in Jan. 2009. His business partner Earl Murray, 88, died in April 2014.

Scottsburg Man Arrested For Battering 3-Year-Old

James Collings

James Collings

Police were called to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville last week after a 3-year old girl was admitted with serious and suspicious injuries from suspected child abuse, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

ISP Detective Brian Busick went to the girl’s home on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and interviewed her father, James Collings, 25, of 1688 Rosewood Road in Scottsburg.

Busick said while talking to Collings he said that he became upset at the three-year-old child and reportedly tied her up on several occasions with zip ties. On one occasion he allegedly struck her with a belt buckle.

Following the interview with Collings, Busick placed Collings under arrest. He was incarcerated at Scott County Jail on a felony charge of battery with bodily injury.

Goodin said the investigation is continuing.

Get Caught With Your Library Card & Get Gift Certificates

September is National Library Card Signup Month and the Jackson County Public Library is giving away sixteen $10 Seymour Chamber of Commerce Chamber Bucks certificates, courtesy of the Friends of the Library, to celebrate. Library staff will be at participating Seymour Chamber of Commerce businesses between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to surprise individuals who are able to show their library card on Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28.

Sign up for a library card can be done in person at Jackson County Public Library locations with a photo ID and proof of current residence. Individuals can turn to the library for materials, programs, and services that support achievement for all ages.

For immediate access to the library’s digital resources, start at myjclibrary.org. A library card opens the door to free e-books and audiobooks; streaming music, television, and video; digital magazines, online language learning programs, career resources, and more.

For more information about signing up for a library card or any other programs and services offered at the Jackson County Public Library, call 812-522-3412 in Seymour, 812-793-2927 in Crothersville,812-966-2278 in Medora, or visit the Discovery Bus.

Rural Scott County Man Arrested For Drugs

Stacy, Jesse

Jessie Stacy

Last Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 11, Indiana State Police went to 7690 North Whitsitt Road in northeastern Scott County to serve a Scott Superior Court warrant on Jessie Stacy, age 37.

According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, when troopers arrived they located Stacy hiding in a small camper parked on the property.

When troopers took him into custody they located Opana and Oxymorphone pills, Goodin reported. Later when Stacy was booked into the jail, Suboxone Sublingual Strips and crushed up Opana pills were located on him.

Stacy was charged with four felony counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance.