Crothersville’s Mackenzie Farmer Named County’s DAR ‘Good Citizen’

MacKenzie FarmerCrothersville’s Mackenzie Farmer was recently named the Fort Vallonia Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of Jackson County.

Members of Fort Vallonia Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, gathered on March 12 at the Seymour Masonic Lodge for dinner and the presentation of the awards. Each of the five participating Jackson County high schools selected the Good Citizen for their school.

Judges chose Farmer, a senior at CHS and daughter of Ed & Kristie Farmer, as the county winner.

Her entry was forwarded to the Indiana State DAR for the state competition.

Other Good citizen candidates included Amanda Stuckwisch, Brownstown Central High School; Kiana Thompson, Medora High School; Daniel Hauersperger, Seymour High School; and Seth Patterson, Trinity Lutheran High School.

The chapter honored all five of the candidates for being selected to represent their schools. One of the requirements for the awards was for each student to write an essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: What Does Our Past Tell Up About Our Future?”

All five students read their essays to the gathering.  The other requirements were a review of their qualities of good character, emphasizing Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism in their schools and communities, as well as their Scholarship.

The DAR Good Citizen program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  It is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their State Boards of Education.

Each county entrant receives a pin, a certificate, and a wallet card indicating that each is the DAR Good Citizen from their school, and a small award from Ft. Vallonia chapter.

8 Arrested On Drug, Felony Warrants

In an ongoing effort to get drug dealers and users off the street, law enforcement authorities made eight arrests last Wednesday incarcerating persons from Jackson, Scott and Clark Counties on a variety of charges. Indiana State Police officers have arrested 25 individuals on numerous warrants in the past six weeks.

ISP officers as well as officers from the United States Marshals Service, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Austin City Police Department, and Scott County Community Corrections were involved in the arrests.

One of the individuals arrested last week received additional charges after police found him in possession of prescription pills and a handgun.

Arrested were:

Jackson McGinnis, 42, 4559 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine. McGinnis was in the Scott County Jail for a separate drug charge.

Brandy Ann Neace, 32, 5535 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine. Neace was arrested at her residence and was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Michael White, 51, 733 Mann Avenue, Austin, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. White was on Home Incarceration and GPS Detention at the time of his arrest. White was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Joe Gay Jr., 58, 219 Paulana Avenue, Austin, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. Gay was arrested at his residence and was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Jesse Bobb, 34, 1532 Morning Side Drive, Seymour, was charged with dealing in a controlled substance. Bobb was arrested at the Seymour Police Department and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Jerry Ray Stacy, 39, 267 South 2nd Street, Austin, was charged with possession of hypodermic needle, driving while suspended, false informing. Stacey also received new charges at the time of his warrant service after being found in possession of controlled substances and a handgun. He was also charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance. Stacy was arrested at his residence and incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Larry Eugene Huff, 40, 267 South 2nd Street, Austin, was arrested for parole violation, and being a fugitive from justice. Huff was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Taria L. Riley, 33, 5535 North Whitsitt Road, Scottsburg, was charged with parole violation, and being a fugitive from justice. Riley was arrested at a hotel in Sellersburg and was incarcerated at the Clark County Jail.

CHS Alumni Banquet Is May 16

Invitations have been sent for the Crothersville Alumni Association Alumni Banquet on May 16 at the Crothersville Community Schools Cafetorium with the doors opening at 5 p.m.

This year’s honored classes are 1965, 1990 and the upcoming graduates of 2015.

The dinner will be catered by the Jackson County Mission Group with a menu of bourbon chicken with rice, beef and noodles, salad, mashed potatoes, green beans, cobbler, sugar free cheesecake and drinks.

For more information or for those who haven’t received an invitation contact Dawn at 812-530-6367 or email or Tracy at 812-498-4448 or email

School To Re-Fi Loan To Pay For Upgrades

Just as many local homeowners have re-financed their mortgage at a lower rate and used the cash savings to finance home repairs, a plan to refinance 15-year-old bonds will allow Crothersville school buildings to receive some needed upgrades.

Last week, the Crothersville Community Schools board decided to move forward with the refinancing plan will decrease the current interest rate from 4.34% to less than 2% for bonds issued for a project.

The bonds were originally issued in 2000 when the high school underwent a total renovation. The refinance plan will extend the school’s mortgage two years resulting in a ‘home equity’ style of funding of around $2 million.

The $2 million generated by that move will be used to make repairs and improvements at the school, including new roofs, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems and security systems.

“After 15 years, the building needs some general upkeep,” Superintendent Terry Goodin said during the board’s meeting.

No one from the public or the five-member school board had any comments about the proposed refinancing during a public hearing.

A special meeting was conducted before the hearing to adopt the required resolution for the amendment to reissue and refinance the bonds. The bonds were issued by the 2000 School Building Corp. Members of that building corporation are Debra Schill CPA, Scott Kovener, and Terry Masters.

Goodin said the tax rate will not be affected, and the levy will remain the same. “The money must be used in capitol projects not for general fund expenditures,” said the superintendent.

He said the roofs on the buildings will be the first project funded after bids are let. That’s tentatively set to happen during the summer and will be finished before school starts, he said.

Goodin said newer technology in roofs will be a part of the roof replacement bidding process. He said a Duralast roof is more weather resistant and being a white roof also is more energy efficient.

Goodin said in addition to the roof, air, heating and security upgrades, the school board will determine other needed improvements to be completed.

In 2000, the elementary school and junior-senior high school were remodeled with a gymnasium, cafetorium, two libraries and new classrooms added and air conditioning installed.

In an additional item on the agenda, the school board also unanimously voted to approve the purchase of property at 207 S. Preston St. in Crothersville for $15,000 using the capital projects fund.

The property just south of the school administration building, has been repossessed by The Peoples Bank, contains a home that will be demolished. The area can be used for future expansions, possibly parking, Goodin said.

The board approved the authority of Goodin to handle all necessary paperwork concerning the purchase.


Ice Fishing

03_18 online ice fishingA Horned Grebe appears to have bitten off more than he could chew while hunting for fish in the icy Ohio River at Jefferson Landing.

The water fowl eventually managed to swallow the wiggling and struggling fish whole.

~photo by Tracie Kovener

Students To Go Extra Days To Make Up For Missed Classes

Crothersville Community Schools Superintendent Terry Goodin has announced that local school students will make-up the six missed days due to weather on Feb. 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and March 5, as follows:

Monday, April 6; Friday, May 1, and Tuesday-Friday May 26-29.

“This will make the last Student Day Friday, May 29, and the last Teacher Day Monday June 1,” said Goodin.