120th CHS Graduation This Friday Evening

The 120th Crothersville High School Graduation will take place this Friday, May 27, beginning at 8 p.m.



Twenty-nine seniors of the CHS Class of 2015 will enter the gymnasium to the traditional tune ‘Pomp & Circumstance’.

Following opening words by Senior Class Vice President Cassidy Mantz, high school principal David Schill will welcome all in attendance.

Marissa Carter will give the salutatorian address followed by the valedictorian address by Torri Boldery. Carter graduates with a 3.885 GPA and Boldery earned a 3.955 grade point average.

Principal Schill will introduce the senior class and School Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin will present them with their diplomas.



Senior Class President Jonathan Pearce will lead his class in the transfer of tassels. Before offering closing words.

The newest CHS alumni will exit the gym to “How Far We’ve Come”

The Class of 2016 class flower is the Gerbera Daisy and the class colors are cream and red,

The class motto is “Today is the tomorrow we dreamed about yesterday.”

The following seniors will be graduating Friday:

Alexis Marie Adair, Shelby Renae Asher, Alisha Nicole Baasil, Taylor Morgan Blake, Torri Rain Boldery,

Also Marissa Ann Carter, Kaitlyn Dawn Couch, Claudia Jo Henry, Madison Elaine Isenhower, Andrew William Jackson.

Also Abby Michelle Jewell, Drew Allen Keith, Steven Ray Ledbetter, Tyler Jacob Keith Luedeman, Micah Christopher Mains.

Also Cassidy Ann Renee Mantz, Derrick Robert Maxie, Codi Joseph McDonald, Damon Chase McFarland, Julia Irene Ercie McIntosh.

Also Jonathon Daniel Mitchell, Elijah Bell Mollet, Rafael Akihiko Niem, Jonathan David Pearce, Tyler David Peters.

Also Osaoah Michael Rice, Kaitlyn Marie Riley, Oakley Scott Turner, Ciara Jo Wright.

Town To Flush Hydrants June 1

Crothersville Utility workers will be flushing fire hydrants next Wednesday, June 1, according to water superintendent Chris Mains.

The procedure, which removes rusts and sediments from water mains is done periodically.

“Additionally, the flushing allows the utility to find and repair faulty fire hydrants in the community,” said Mains.

The work will begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day until all lines have been flushed.

“We recommended residents not do laundry during this time to prevent the possibility of staining clothing due to rust and other sediment in the water,” he said. “The water should be cleared by Thursday morning.”

Red, White & Blue Festival Baby Contest Information

The Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival Baby Contest will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the CHS gym.

Registration will begin at 2:30 in the gym

There are 6 age groups for boys and girls with awards going to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Entry Fee is $5.00 per baby.

The festival baby contest is sponsored by Reins to Recovery Therapeutic Riding Center.

For more information call Kristye Lewis at 812-521-0901.

Early Friday Morning Crash Claims Life Of Toddler

A two-vehicle crash at 12:40 a.m. Friday morning, May 13, claimed the life of a 3-year-old local girl. Tavaya A. Bevers, age 3, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by her father, Devin A. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville.

Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South (Retreat Road) north of Crothersville.

Sawyer's 2006 Jeep Liberty

Sawyer’s 2006 Jeep Liberty

According to Trooper Jacob Tolle, Brent A. Sawyer, 21, of rural Crothersville was southbound in a 2006 Jeep Liberty when he crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by Devin P. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway.

Bevers’ daughter, Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers’ vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, police reported.

Police said the toddler was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred.

Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

Trooper Tolle was assisted at the scene by ISP Troopers Matt Holley, Korry Clark, and Tia Deaton, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, and Vernon Township Fire Department,

Tavaya Aklynn Bevers, 3, died at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Born July 12, 2012 in Seymour, she was the daughter of Devin P. Bevers of Uniontown, and Tonia G. Miller of Crothersville.

Other survivors include, a brother, Driften Scott Bevers of Crothersville; a sister, Tayla Vernon of Crothersville; grandparents, Sherry Gullett (James) Pray of Crothersville, Carla Vail Minton of Uniontown, Kerry Bevers of Seymour: great-grandmother, Donna Vail of Uniontown, aunts & uncles, Tamara (Benny) Barger of Scottsburg, Casey Cross, Joseph Miller and Jeremy Miller all of Uniontown, Ryan Bevers of Morgantown, Matthew Gullett of Crothersville, and James Hendricks of Seymour.

She was preceded in death by an uncle, Toby Miller and great grandparents, Clifford Vail and Emil & Geraldine Gullett.

The funeral was conducted Monday from Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville with burial in Zoah Cemetery.

‘Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival’ Begins Flag Waving Fun June 9-11 In Crothersville

Several new events have been added to next month’s Bicentennial edition of the Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival.

For the 41st time the Crothersville community will come together on the second weekend of June to celebrate th flag, community and honor veterans. Tagged as ‘Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival’ special plans are being made to help celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.

Boy Scout Troop 522 will present a flag ceremony on Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m.

The CHS Class of 2019 will hold a 5K Glow Run/Walk on Friday evening beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday morning, June 11, will be filled with activities for youth. At 10 a.m. will be a bubble gum blowing contest. A Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by the Traditional Young Farmers will begin at 10:30. A Pet & Bike Parade steps off at noon in front of the stage.

“During the morning, kids will be able to participate in street drawings with chalk,” said festival organizer Sherry Bridges. “They’ll be encouraged to draw their favorite things to do and see at the festival.”

Just in time for lunch, there will be a porkburger eating contest at 11 a.m. Denise Maxie will line up contestants to see who can eat the most number of ‘World Famous FFA Pork Burgers’ in 10 minutes.

On Saturday morning in the CHS gym, Otter Basketball Training Camp will begin at 8 a.m. Camps will be held throughout the day.

Robert Becker and Radio 96.3 WJAA will be broadcasting live the “Thrill in the Ville” beginning at 9 p.m. and will start the countdown as Zambelli Fireworks prepares to light up the Crothersville sky at 10 p.m.

Brady Amusements will return this year with carnival rides and will offer a special ride promotion on Wednesday evening, June 8.

Traditional and additional events are still in the planning stages and will be announced soon, said Bridges. Residents can follow the festival on Facebook for the latest event updates, she said.

Little Mr. & Miss Red White & Blue Sought

All boys and girls between the ages of 5-7 who are residents of Jackson County are invited to participate in the RWB Festivals’ Little Mr. & Miss Contest.

Winners, determined by the amount of money raised, will be crowned on stage at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, and will be riding in the festival parade on Saturday, June 11.

Applications can be obtained at Jubilee Flowers & Gifts, 801 W. Tipton Street in Seymour and The Peoples Bank in Crothersville. All applications must be returned by May 31 by 5 p.m.

“As soon as the child’s application is received they can begin raising funds,” said Bridges.

CHS Floriculture Places 4th In State

online FFA flowers

The Crothersville FFA Floriculture team traveled to Central Nine Career Center in Greenwood, Indiana on Saturday April 23, for the State Floriculture competition. Members who participated in this event were Noah Hoskins, Deven Lemen, Madison Isenhower, and Kalynda Hoevener.

They had to participate in many individual events as well as a team event which ranged from a plant ID where members had to identify plant specimens, to a job interview where the participants had to apply and interview for a listed position. The team placed overall fourth in the state which had over 15 teams competing. Lemen placed fourth in the State individually.

Area residents can purchase plants grown by these award winning students at the school greenhouse. According to Ag instructor Linda Begley there are lots of vegetable and a few floral bedding plants available. The school greenhouse is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Now through next Tuesday, May 24, all plants are 50% off.

~photo by Linda Begley