CHS Class Of 2015 To Graduate 23 Friday

Makenzie Long Salutatiran

Makenzie Long

Mackenzie Farmer Valedictorian

Mackenzie Farmer

Twenty-three seniors will take part in the 119th Crothersville High School graduation ceremony this Friday, May 22, at 8 p.m.

Seniors of the Class of 2015 will enter the CHS Cafetorium to the traditional ‘Pomp & Circumstance’. Senior Class secretary Rebecca Hensley will offer opening remarks.

CHS principal David Schill will welcome students, families & friends to the commencement ceremony.

Makenzie Long will deliver the Salutatorian address followed by the CHS Choir’s performance of ‘Find Your Wings’.

Mackenzie Farmer will deliver the Valedictorian address followed by the CHS band’s performance of ‘Into The Storm’.

Principal Schill will present the students and Crothersville Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin will present diplomas.

Mackenzie Farmer, senior class president, will lead her class in the transfer of tassels indicating that they have successfully completed their school career.

Clayton Beard, senior class treasurer will offer closing remarks and the newest graduates will depart the cafetorium to the musical selection ‘Back Home’.

The CHS Class of 2015 motto is “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” The class flower is the rose and class colors are black and silver.

Members of the CHs Class of 2015 include Scott Kenneth Black Jr., Storm Elaine Boldery*, Clayton Edward Tyler Byrd*, Brian Keith Clouse Jr., Elsie Meghan Collman.

Also Jerry Defibaugh, Mackenzie Kristine Farmer*, Jacoby Austin Gillis*, Rebecca Lynn Loraine Hensley*, Jayna Nichole Hougland, Kensyl Roshele Lewis.

Also Makenzie Rebekka Long*, Devin Alexander Mazue, Dakota Shawn Lee Mount, Cory Morgan Needler, Josshua David Redwine, Ashley Nicole Ross.

Also Zachary Lucas Schmelzle, Kayla Marie Schneider*, Jordan Blake Schoenfelder*, Taylor Louann Shuler, Nicholas Lynn Tarter, and Tyler Houston Williams.

Boldface indicates Academic Honors Diploma, Italics indicate member of National Honor Society, an * indicate earning an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.

Local Business Launches New Travel Activity: “Adams Adventures”

Bill Kauth, co-founder of The Mankind Project was really on to something when he said, “Being with other people in a safe, supportive situation can actually change who we think we are… And as we grow closer to the essence of who we are, we tend to take more responsibility for our neighbors and our planet.”

Crothersville business owners Mark and Leslie Adams, of Adams Funeral Home, take community responsibility to heart and it is one of the reasons they are spearheading a new community activity program called ‘Adams Adventures’. “We want our neighbors to get out and enjoy new people and new places,” said Leslie Adams. She goes on to explain that ‘Adams Adventures’ is a community activity program created to bring people together in fun-fellowship to experience new places, try new things and meet new people.

The community activity program includes a once a month trip to a different location of interest. “Each month we will travel to a different place,” Adams explains. “One month a museum, then a theater play or musical, a shopping outing at an outlet mall, festivals, fairs or viewing holiday lights come Christmas time!”

Mark Adams added, “This type of community activity program fits perfectly with the mission of Adams Family Funeral Homes & Crematory. For more than nineteen years, we have served families before, during and after the passing of a loved one. For many people, it is the “after” that proves to be the most difficult in finding joy again.”

It is the hope of Mark and Leslie Adams that this new community activity program, ‘Adams Adventures’, will help many through the pain of loss, loneliness and grief. While this program does have its roots as a grief support group to help family members enjoy life again after the loss of a loved one, the idea has grown to include anyone and everyone in the community who seeks fun, friendship and fellowship.

Reservations and payment will generally be required 3-4 weeks in advance. Each trip will have three separate pick-up locations and all of these pick-up locations will be at the Adams Funeral Homes & Crematory parking lots in Crothersville, Scottsburg, and Henryville. Some of the day trips may be child-friendly and will be indicated with a “Kids Welcome” on the schedule. As with any well-planned trip, we will stop to enjoy a delicious meal. Cost of each trip will always include ticket (if required) and transportation. Meal costs may be included in price or will be on your own depending on the trip.

There is not a fee to join ‘Adams Adventures’ and there is no obligation to attend a minimum number of trips

On Friday, June 19, a trip to Stream Cliff Herb Farm in Commiskey is planned. Lunch will be a choice of two menus. After lunch, attendees will participate in a project learning how to grow, harvest, and blend potpourri. The shops, gardens, and green houses will all be open for browsing. Tickets are $35 that includes transportation, lunch, beverage, dessert, tax, gratuities.

To sign up for the ‘Adams Adventure’ in June, contact Mark Adams, Adams Family Funeral Homes & Crematory at 812-793-2571 or 812-294-1300 by this Friday, May 22.

Other trips include a family travel to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY in July. Tickets are $25 payable by June 24 and in August will be a dinner theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse for the comedy “Church Basement Ladies in the Last Potluck Supper”

40th Festival Commemorative On Sale

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The Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival, less than a month away June 11-13, will be the community’s 40th patriotic festival.

To commemorate the milestone special t-shirts are for sale at The Peoples Bank in Crothersville. Local bank manager Barb Cunningham displays the commemorative shirt.

The sure-to-be-collector’s item t-shirts are $15. Proceeds will support the Red, White and Blue festival expenses.

Fire District Proposal Gets Local Approvals

Establishing a fire district for Crothersville and Vernon Township moved a step closer when the Crothersville Town Council and Vernon Township Board met jointly to hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, May 5.

No one voiced an objection to the plan.

Establishing a fire district will allow the fire department to be administered by a five-member board appointed by the county commissioners. The fire district will have the authority to levy a new tax rate on property in Crothersville and in the township.

Currently the fire department is funded by Vernon Township levying a tax of around 4¢ per $100 of assessed valuation on property. While the township is funding fire protection at the maximum allowed by the state, the tax income is not keeping up with department expenses.

“Because we are along the I-65 corridor, we get called to a number of traffic accidents on the interstate,” local fire chief Ben Spencer earlier explained.

Vernon Township is the last area in Jackson County not administered by a fire district. Other than the city of Seymour which has a paid fire department, nearly all fire districts were established about six years ago.

“By waiting, we believe we have learned from other district’s mistakes,” said Spencer.

The next step is for the town and township to submit names of local residents to be appointed to the new fire district board by the county commissioners.

A derelict 124-year old building at the stoplight in Crothersville may be a step closer to being demolished.

Town attorney Jeff Lorenzo informed the council that the building, which was offered for sale by the county commissioners last month for delinquent taxes, received no bid.

“I think we should move forward with taking ownership and having it tore down before someone gets hurt,” said council president Ardell Mitchell.

The building, originally built as an Odd Fellows Lodge and housed a variety of retail and service businesses over the years in its first floor, has deteriorated to the extent that large cracks can be seen in the brick building’s Howard Street side. Portions of the buildings front have noticeably sagged.

The building is currently owned by Environmental Awareness Reached Through Helping Hands.

Mitchell said he has informally asked some contractors for a cost to raze the building and those estimates have been $40-$50,000.

The council unanimously approved taking ownership and instructed Lorenzo to proceed with the legal work.

In other matters, the council is finding it difficult to give away a 50-year old fire truck. The town owns a 1965 Ford fire truck and has tried to give it to a couple of rural Jennings County fire departments but has had no takers.

Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, said he has been in contact with Gosport Fire Department who has expressed interest.

The council tabled any action on the fire truck until Robinson reports back on the fire department in Owen County’s active interest.

A proposed local sewer use ordinance is being evaluated by IDEM, according to Brad Bender of the town’s engineering firm FPBH of North Vernon.

It was noted that the ordinance would not impact residential ratepayers but is focused on industrial users and what can be contained in production wastewater placed into the sanitary sewers.

“This will help Jim Plump and JCIDC market Crothersville for new industry,” said town attorney Lorenzo. “Many industries don’t want to move into a community unless they have an established sewer use ordinance.”

Bender told the council that the Industrial Way road expansion to South Kovener Street is substantially completed and that the town has scheduled a ribbon cutting officially opening the road for Thursday, June 11.

In a final matter, Eric Frey of ARa reported that the town has had a good interest in another housing grant which provides money for low-income families to make repairs that are otherwise unaffordable.

“We currently have 20 apps to show the state of the local interest,” said Frey, adding that up to a $40,000 local match for the project may be provided by Rising Sun through a Bank Match program.

“Everyone who has participated in the housing project here has benefited in the past,” said Mitchell.

Schneck To Provide Free Mammograms

Schneck Medical Center has received a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust to provide a limited number of free screenings mammograms to low and middle income women in the communities it serves. A mammogram is one of the best tools for the early detection of breast cancer and life-saving early detection.

To qualify for the screening mammogram, women must be 40 years of age or older, uninsured, and met the financial requirements.

“This grant provides a much-needed service in our region. Many women do not have coverage for screening mammograms,” said Rita Baker, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Schneck. “We know early detection of breast cancer is key, and our Women’s Diagnostic Imaging program can help save the lives of women who otherwise would not be able to have a mammogram.”

If you or someone you know needs a screening mammogram and does not have insurance, please contact Schneck Patient Financial Services at 812-522-0413.

‘Wings Over Muscatatuck’ Celebrates Nature This Weekend

Online Indigo on MulberryBirds such as this Indigo Bunting here perched in a mulberry tree will be among the featured attractions at this weekend’s ‘Wings Over Muscatatuck’ held at the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge.

~photo by Tracie Kovener


The 17th Annual Wings Over Muscatatuck Migratory Bird Festival will be held this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, east of Seymour. Activities for Sunday, May 10, will be held at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, near Madison.

The Wings Over Muscatatuck Bird Festival celebrates birds and the natural environment. A variety of events are scheduled, including several trips to the closed area of the Refuge, a “Paint the Town” event, children’s activities and a Bird Calling Contest.

A complete schedule follows, or can be found at Call 812-522-4352. Call the Jackson County Visitor Center at 855-524-1914 to register for field trips.

Friday, May 8

8 a.m. to Noon – Guided Birding Trip on Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Advance registration required and space is limited.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Big Tree Walk.

8 p.m. – Calls of Indiana Frogs and Toads.

9 p.m. – Owl Prowl.

Saturday, May 9

6 to 8 a.m. – Breakfast with the Birds. – Continental breakfast outside Visitor Center.

8 to 10 a.m. – Morning Bird Walk. – Birders of all abilities are invited for an easy bird identification walk.

8:30 to 10 a.m. – Birdhouse Building for Kids.

8:30 to 10 a.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.) Travel by van with a Refuge guide to the closed area and other interesting birding spots.

9 a.m. to Noon – Children’s Birding Activities by Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Recycling Committee.

9:30 to 11 a.m. – Hawks and Eagles of Indiana with Indiana DNR staff. Meet live hawks and eagles who reside at Chamberlain Raptor Rehabilitation Center.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – More Children’s Activities. Includes critter face painting; exploring owl pellets; the life cycle of butterflies and live Indiana snakes. Visit the Nature Discovery Area.

10:30 a.m. to Noon – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area – (With pre-registration or day of event when available).

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Lunch available.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Bird calling contest. – Bring your best, all-natural bird call (no aids) to vie for prizes and recognition. Theatrics are encouraged!

12:30 p.m. – Bird Banding. – Dr. Ron Weiss of Chipper Woods Bird Observatory.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Junior Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony. Muscatatuck hosts and manages the Indiana Junior Duck Stamp conservation art contest for students in grades K-12. State winners will receive their awards.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Owls of Indiana – See and learn about Indiana’s owls with DNR staff.

2:30 to 4 p.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.)

4:30 to 6 p.m. – Guided Tour of Muscatatuck Closed Area (With pre-registration or day of event when available.)

Sunday, May 10

8 a.m. to Noon – Guided Tour of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Closed Area. Pre-registration required. Big Oaks is home to uncommon birds and plants. Call 812-522-4352 extension 12 to register. Trip leaves from Big Oaks office.