Crothersville Teen Wins Motorcycle Championship In His First Season Of Racing

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Racing officials and sponsors helped to make Trent Baughman championship trophy night a special occasion when they awarded him a new racing motorcycle and competition gear.

Left to right are Austin Woodrum of Fly Racing, Brian Bennett of Unabiker, Rick Crum of Kawasaki USA, Tim Bowman of IXCR, Trent Baughman of Crothersville, Jesse Johnson of Westfield Powersports.

~photo by Stacy Mundy Photography



Crothersville High School freshman Trenton Baughman has enjoyed riding motorcycles since he was 4. In 2015 he competed in the IXCR (Indiana Cross Country Racing), where cyclists compete in natural terrain of woods, fields and dessert. In his first year, the 15-year-old from Crothersville won the championship in the C Lite Class.

Earlier in January during the IXCR awards banquet in Plainfield, the teen received a championship trophy and a surprise: a 2016 Kawasaki KX250, over $1,000 in racing team gear, and all his race fees will be paid for the approaching season.

The youth goes from being an independent competitor to being a sponsored member of Kawasaki Team Green out of Westfield, IN.”

“2015 was his first full season of racing,” said his mother, Crystal Baughman. “He was the youngest in his class of about 30 competitors against him. He had no sponsors and now looking forward to the 2016 race season as a part of a sponsored team. It is a dream come true for him.”

His mother explained that IXCR cross country races are held on natural terrain through either woods or desert, and may include motocross sections. Courses vary in length. Races generally last no less than two hours, and rules vary from track to track. Obstacles include hills, rock sections, logs, ruts, sand and mud.

“IXCR is a very family oriented race series with great owners, fans, racers,” said Crystal Baughman. “Everyone is out for everyone. They have fantastic sponsors that give back to racers in such a huge way.

The local teen said he rides every chance he gets and it doesn’t matter what the weather is outside.

As for a future: “I’d like to be a professional rider,” Trenton said.

The local youth has a short time to prepare for the coming dirt bike racing season. The first races are Feb. 27-28.

Smoke Alarm Saves Local Man

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This is what firefighters saw when they arrived.   –photo courtesy of Richard Hanlin

A Crothersville home was destroyed by fire last Tuesday morning, Jan. 26.

Firefighters were called to the home of Brandon Brewer, 613 E. Bard Street just before 9 a.m. When they arrived they found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Zach Richie, who was staying with the Brewers reported he was awakened by a smoke alarm in the home. He reportedly crawled through the smoke filled home and exited through a rear kitchen door.

He then went to a neighbor’s to call 911.

The home, owned by Marlin Adams and Andrew Nehrt, was considered a total loss.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, according to Crothersville Police Chief Richard Hanlin who said the home had baseboard heating, and a space heater was being used.

Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire and was assisted by firefighters from Austin, Jackson-Washington and Grassy Fork township volunteer fire departments.

Valentine Dinner Planned At Hamacher Hall

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association will host a Valentine Dinner at Hamacher Hall on Friday, Feb. 12. The program will include musical selections, and the menu of chicken and homemade noodles, roll, coleslaw, apple salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, drinks and dessert.

Cost is of the event is $15 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under. There will also be drawings for several prizes.

For reservations you may call Linda (812-793-2322) or Brenda (812-793-2760).

Hamacher Hall, the former Presbyterian Church, is located at 211 East Howard Street. The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association promotes interest and study of Crothersville area history, and participation in and enjoyment of the arts. All funds raised are used for improvements and maintenance for Hamacher Hall and the Annex building.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Artisans and craftspeople will want to remember the annual Arts in the ‘Ville at Hamacher Hall on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event provides an opportunity for vendors to reserve space and sell their arts and crafts in the Crothersville community. Cost is $10 for a single space. For information or to reserve your space, call Linda at 793-2322.

VFW Valentine Bingo Saturday

The Crothersville VFW Post #1083 will hold Valentines Bingo this Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 2 p.m.

There will be plenty of prizes for winners and the games will continue until the club is out of prizes.

There will also be homemade Sloppy Joe sandwiches served.

The public is welcome to attend.

Probation Check Puts 3 In Jail On Drug Charges

The Scott County Probation Office along with troopers from the Indiana State Police did a probation check on Thursday, Jan. 21, at a home southeast of Austin uncovering methamphetamine, marijuana. drug dealing paraphernalia, and several thousand dollars in cash.

On a routine check, authorities visited a home at 1523 E. Cushall Road.

During their visit, officers located over three ounces of suspected methamphetamine, weighing scales and $2,400 in cash. The street value of the methamphetamine was estimated at over $4,000, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Arrested were Malcolm L. Abner, 35 and Kimberly A. White-Abner, 37, both of 1523 East Cutshall Road, and Cecil W. White, 32, of 4050 East Peacock Road in northeast Scott County.

Malcolm Abner and Kimberly White-Abner were charged with possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine and possession of narcotic drug. Cecil White was charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.

The trio were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

JCCT’s Dinner Theatre ‘Boeing Boeing’ Cleared For Take Off

0126 online jcct picJCCT’s dinner theatre production Boeing Boeing cast members are Kody Riddle, (center) being romanced by three stewardesses played by Stacey Williams (in yellow), Afton Shepard (in red), and Michelle Carter (in blue). Standing: Matt Nieman and Katrina Hardwick.


Jackson County Community Theatre will present its annual dinner theatre at The Pines Evergreen Room February 12, 13, 19, and 20, plus a special Valentine’s Day dinner matinee, Sunday, February 14. This year’s show ‘Boeing Boeing’, the 2008 Tony Award-winning comedy by Marc Camoletti.

The play is set in the 1960s, and Bernard, an American architect living in Paris, played by Kody Riddle, is engaged to three beautiful airline hostesses, Italian, German, and American. He is able to keep, “one up, one down, and one pending,” because of their predictable work schedules. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert (Matt Nieman) comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning.

Soon all three stewardesses (played by Afton Shepard, Michelle Carter, and Stacey Williams) are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. Berthe, Bernard’s French housekeeper, (Katrina Hardwick) adds to the comedy.

Boeing-Boeing is a classic farce running for a total of seven years on the New York Stage. In 1965 the American film version premiered, starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The show is directed by John Hiester. Other members of the production crew are producer Katherine Stahl; assistant director Kathy Nelson; set builders Joe Bradley, Joe Reynolds, Joel McGill, and Mike Nelson; backstage crew Erin Nelson and Carlie Lucas; technical crew Stone Riddle, Aaron Wright, and Stevi Begley; costumer, Julie Bradley.

Tickets for the dinner shows are available by reservation only at 812-358-JCCT. All tickets are $30. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

A non-dinner, show-only performance will be held Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m., also at the Evergreen Room. Tickets for this non-dinner production are $12, and are sold only at the door. Seating is general admission.