Local Man Charged Following May Wreck That Claimed Toddler’s Life

A 21-year-old Crothersville man has been charged in connection with a wreck in May that left a 3-year-old local girl dead.

Brent Sawyer

Brent Allen Sawyer

Brent Allen Sawyer of Crothersville was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 11:37 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, on a charge of causing death when operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office, the ISP toxicology report on Sawyer’s blood following the accident tested negative for alcohol and positive of THC (marijuana).

The accident occurred around 12:40 a.m. on May 13 that resulted in the death of Tavaya A. Bevers. who was riding in a child car seat in the rear seat of a 2003 Ford Windstar van driven by her father, Devin P. Bevers, 30, of Crothersville.

According to the report by the Indiana State Police, Sawyer was southbound on US 31 near County Road 500 S north of Crothersville in a 2006 Jeep Liberty, when he crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound Bevers. According to police Bevers attempted to avoid the collision be turning into the southbound lane. Police said Sawyer steered his vehicle back into the southbound lane then the collision occurred.

The vehicles struck each other on the passenger sides.

Sawyer was released from jail on Monday, Aug. 15 after posting a $4,005 bond, according to jail records. He has an Oct. 3 court appearance scheduled.

On June 10, in Jackson Superior Court, Tonia Miller, mother of Tavaya Bevers, filed a wrongful death suit against Brent Sawyer and Devin P. Bevers in connection with the May 13 fatal accident.

Church Closes But Congregation’s Financial Generosity Will Help Community For Years To Come

The congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ held a final worship service Sunday, ending a church that began in Crothersville in the 1860’s. The current church building, constructed by German immigrants in 1874, is at the corner of Kattman Avenue and Howard Street.

“While this is a sad, somber time for the remaining members of the church, the congregation will leave a legacy in many ways,” said the Rev. ‘Bud’ Walther, long time pastor at the church. “After a long ministry the church will continue to serve through the distribution of the remaining assets.”

Financially the church expects to leave approximately $350,000 to continue the work the congregation has begun.

The congregation voted to fund several endowments through the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

“But the real legacy will be the hundreds of people in Jackson County who can trace their faith roots through parents, grandparents great grand-parents, and extended family to baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals at this church.

The church’s German Reformed Cemetery at the corner of Kattman Avenue and Main Street will perennially be cared for through an endowment of $85,000. The cemetery will be turned over to the Crothersville Cemetery Association for care.

The congregation has voted to establish an endowed $100,000 fund for an annual college scholarship for Vernon Township students in future years.

A $50,000 endowment will support the work of Brooklawn (Uspiritus) in Louisville and Crossroads in Fort Wayne. Both facilities have received the local church’s long time support are for abused and neglected children.

A $25,000 endowed fund will be established for Crothersville community nonprofit work annually.

“The foundation strives for a 4% return on investments,” said Dan Davis, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County. “The generosity of the congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ means that over $10,000 annually will be made available for the church designated endowments in perpetuity.”

The congregation has supported a child in the Philippines at the Dumaguete Kalauman Center through the UCC Global Ministries Child Sponsorship program for many years. “We are sponsoring our fifth child, Kenneth,” said Walther. “We will be providing $2,500 to complete our current child’s education. Also the Dumaguete Kalauman Center for Development is conducting a capital campaign to enlarge the school and the congregation will be making a gift of $5,000 toward that effort.”

Additional gifts will be made to the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Crothersville Senior Citizens Center and the Crothersville Area Ministerial Association “Helping Hand Fund.”

Walther said a healthy reserve fund will be held for one year to cover any potential expenses. The church and parking lot will be sold with a closing expected later this year. Any funds remaining will be distributed in one year, he added.

Traffic Stop Results In More Drugs Off The Roadway

A 43-year-old Jeffersonville woman was booked into Scott County Jail last Wednesday, Aug. 17, on a variety of drug charges.

Indiana State Police Trooper Mark Lamaster stopped a gray Jeep for speeding and driving erratically on I-65 southbound near the 26 mile marker.

0824 p1 hendersonThe driver of the Jeep, Michelle D. Henderson, seemed impaired while trooper Lamaster was speaking to her. During the traffic stop Heroin and Adderall, a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance were located in her vehicle.

Henderson was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail on the two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, operating while intoxicated, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

ACIN Celebrates Decade In Business Here, Plant Expansion

online ACIN picCompany and state officials took part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting at the expanded Aisin Chemical IN plant in Crothersville last Tuesday. The event was a double celebration of the second plant opening locally and a celebration of 10 years in business in Crothersville.

Taking part in the ribbon cutting were: Kyle Stanfield, Toshio Tanaka, Steve Akard, chief of staff with the Indiana Economic Development Corp., Kanichi Shimizu, Scott Turpin and Masayuki Isogami. At the podium is Tim Carter, general manager of Aisin Chemical Indiana.

Photo courtesy of ACIN



Aisin Chemical IN held a dual celebration last week observing their 10th anniversary in business in Crothersville and the official opening of their second manufacturing plant in the local industrial park south of town.

Aisin Chemical Indiana manufactures wet friction material, spray type dampening material and anti-corrosion paint for the automotive industry. Customers include Toyota, Subaru and Nissan. ACIN is the only manufacturing plant in the US for their products.

Aisin officials from North America and Japan were joined by local and state officials for Tuesday’s celebration. The event featured speakers, a presentation of $2,500 gifts to Crothersville Community Schools and Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a plant tour and lunch.

Production of clutch plates and sound dampening products started at ACIN’s sister company Aisin Drivetrain Inc. with 18 employees, recalled Tim Carter, plant general manager. Now, there are 94 employees at two plants with plans to add more full-time positions in the future.

In 2011, the sound dampening production and office were moved into a 70,000-square-foot facility. That building grew by 30,000 square feet in the fall of 2013 to localize unique production processes for the clutch plate business. Then earlier this year, a second 100,000-square-foot plant opened for additional production and warehouse space.

“I was here three years ago for our ground breaking and I am pleased to be back in Crothersville to speak to you for our grand opening of a second manufacturing plant and celebrating our 10 anniversary,” said Kanichi Shimizu, president of Aisin Chemical Co., LTD of Japan. “It is good we are celebrating growth.”

“We hope to continue growing in the future into the land we still have undeveloped,” he said. “Today is a great day of celebrating the past but also a celebration of what is yet to come.”

“Since I was here 10 years ago, I have many stories I could tell both good and bad, funny and sad,” said Masayuki Isogami, president of Aisin Chemical Indiana.

“The underlying theme in any story of Aisin Chemical Indiana would be a tremendous sense of family and teamwork between our team members,” he said. “It is these people with their dedication to their co-workers and Aisin Chemical Indiana that help to make this company what it is today.”

“We were cautious to not grow so rapidly that we could not maintain our corporate philosophy of ‘Quality First,’” Isogami said. “We are very proud of our track record in quality.”

ACIN has earned several awards from customers for quality over the years, including the Toyota Excellent Quality Award five times in 10 years.

ACIN has added a paper mill at its Crothersville facilities to manufacture paper used in the wet friction material in transmission clutch plates

“Although the paper we produce is only used in our friction material process, the process of making paper was new for Aisin Chemical Indiana,” Isogami said. “We have worked very hard over the past two years to ensure that the paper we produce meets our high standards for quality.”

Last year, another new line was added to produce structural adhesive. That currently is manufactured at Aisin Chemical in Japan and is being replicated in Crothersville.

“The structural adhesive business gives us an opportunity to grow into a new area of the automotive industry,” Isogami said. “We look forward to the challenge of developing a core strength in structural adhesive.”

And the company designed their facilities with future expansion in mind.

Plant 1 in Crothersville is designed to expand to the north for an additional 30,000 square feet for production or warehouse space, and the parking lot of Plant 2 can be expanded. Aisin also owns acreage to the east for a third plant if it’s needed for future growth.

When Aisin Chemical Indiana was established Jan. 5, 2006, it joined Aisin USA Mfg Inc. in Seymour, formed in 1987, and Aisin Drivetrain Inc. in Crothersville, which came along in 1996. Today, those three facilities employ more than 1,900 people.

Scott Turpin, president of Aisin World Corp. of America, said some people might question the concept of having three related manufacturing facilities located so closely to each other in a small, rural setting. But it has worked quite well, he said.

“It has worked well because the business leaders of the three Aisin manufacturing facilities work closely with each other in an effort to not only improve their individual companies, but to improve the company as a whole,” Turpin said.

Stephen Akard, chief of staff with the Indiana Economic Development Corp., thanked Aisin’s Japanese leaders for choosing Indiana for some of its manufacturing facilities.

Ten years ago, Indiana was home to about 200 Japanese companies employing 40,000 Hoosiers. Today, more than 250 Japanese companies employ more than 50,000 Indiana residents.

“That is a remarkable trajectory of growth and prosperity,” he said.

“This sector of the economy, advanced manufacturing, is on a roll and is driving Indiana forward right now,” he said. “We are the envy of the nation in where we stand in terms of our growth. We are at record employment in the state of Indiana, our personal incomes are on the rise, so we look forward to continuing relationships with companies from Japan. In particular from Aisin and the growth of Aisin Chemical, we look forward to the next 10 years.”

Crothersville’s Oldest Church To Hold Final Service Sunday

Immanuel United Church Of Christ

Immanuel United Church Of Christ

Immanuel United Church of Christ, 100 N. Kattman Avenue in Crothersville will no longer open its doors for worship services as of August 21, church officials said this week.

Everyone is invited to attend a Celebration of the Church Legacy in a final service at 3 p.m. this Sunday, August 21.

The church has experienced declining membership and attendance over the years.

“Immanuel’s legacy however, will live on for many, many years due to the generous financial arrangements the church has made to support various organizations in Crothersville, the United States and around the world,” said C. W. ‘Bud’ Walther, pastor of the church.

“There are many folks in Crothersville and beyond who have ties to Immanuel through baptism, confirmation, marriage, membership and friendship,” he said.

The earliest church records of the 1860’s show that German immigrants to Crothersville founded the First German Reformed Church with a frame building located at the south end of Kattman Ave just east of the present day German Reformed Cemetery. Like many churches formed by America’s growing immigrant population, services were conducted in their native language.

In 1874, the current brick church building was constructed at the corner of Kattman Avenue and Howard Street.

Two years ago, brick masons making masonry repairs uncovered a metal box placed inside the walls containing early church history of the 1870’s

In the 1930’s the German Reformed and German Evangelical churches merged. Locally the church became known as Immanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church. In the late 1950’s the E&R churches merged with the Congregational Christian denomination to become the United Church of Christ.

The present church building was built in 1874 with living accommodations to house the minister and for instructional use. An educational addition was added in 1949 with a stage, kitchen, and social room

Happy 100th Birthday Marietta Deputy!

Marietta Deputy of Crothersville will be celebrating her 100th birthday with an open house, hosted by her family, this Saturday, Aug. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Crothersville Methodist Church Annex.

All friends and family are invited to join in the ice cream, cake and well wishes.

No gifts please but cards will be most welcomed by the centenarian.