Scott County Jail Employee Charged With Dealing Drugs

Kayla Robbins

A contracted kitchen employee of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office was charged last week with drug offenses inside the county jail including trafficking with an inmate.
Kayla M. Robbins, 29, of E. Saylor Road, Salem was charged on Friday, May 11, in Scott Circuit Court with dealing a controlled substance and trafficking with an inmate. Judge Jason Mount set her bond at $60,000 for the two felony charges.
The charges stem from an investigation begun April 29 after detention center jailors and Scott County Sheriff’s detectives were made aware of the activity.
She was incarcerated in the detention center where she worked. Her initial hearing court hearing was scheduled for Monday, May 14.

Carnival Returning To Next Month’s Red, White & Blue Festival

An early look at the events planned for the Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival indicates a lot of wholesome family centered activities, according to festival director Sherry Bridges.
For the 43rd time the Crothersville community will gather on the second weekend in June for it’s annual festival to salute our veterans and Old Glory. The festival committee is excited to be planning the 43rd festival tagged as “Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival.” This year’s Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival will be June 7, 8 & 9.
Kicking off the festival on Wednesday evening, June 6 will be, Family Fun Night. Steel Horse Midway Attractions will offer a special ride promotion. Discount bracelets will be available.
“We are really thrilled to have a carnival return to the community festival,” said Bridges. “The younger generation loves the rides and the colorful flashing lights and music add to the festival atmosphere.”
Thursday evening is a full slate with a baby contest and the Little Mr. & Miss RWB contest sponsored by ACTS as well as the Prince and Princess contest and Opening Ceremonies. New this year, live music, “Open Mic”. Anyone can sign up and perform a song on stage.
Friday is Bluegrass night and Grandview Junction will perform at 7:45 p.m.
At 8 p.m. the RWB Kids Mini Run starts with the 5K Glow Run/Walk at 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, is a full day starting at 7:30 a.m. with the Crothersville FFA serving breakfast.
The RWB Parade will step off Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For registration contact Marion Gill at 812-216-8146.
Prepare to be Rocked for the, “Thrill in the Ville” as Robert Becker and Radio 96.3 will be broadcasting live on Saturday, June 9, starting at 9 p.m. and will start the count down as Zambelli Fireworks prepares to light up the Crothersville sky at 10 p.m.
Bridges said that the festival committee will meet next Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crothersville Library to finalize the rest of the events.

County Country Cruzin’ Coming June 2

Crothersville Parks Board will host a ATV/UTV/Jeep ride on Saturday, June 2.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the ride will begin at 10 a.m. from the Bard Street Park in Crothersville. The caravan will wind its way through scenic Jackson County to Medora for lunch.
“After lunch and maybe a few surprises, we will make our way back to Crothersville,” said Parks Board president Ron Foster.
Registration fee will be $10 for ATV’s and $15 for UTV & Jeeps.
Lunch will be available for purchase at Carr Township Fire Department.
T-shirts will be available for pre-order until May 20. Price for Youth small through adult X-Large will be $10 Adult XX-Large- XXXX-Large will be $15. To pre-order call 812-390-8217 or message the Crothersville Town Park’s Facebook page.
All proceeds from the event will go to maintenance and improvements to Crothersville Parks.

Fall Election Races Set

A 4-man race for the Republican nomination for Jackson County Sheriff was the main interest of GOP voters last Tuesday, May 8, with 6,582 ballots being cast.
Republicans selected Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Meyer as their party’s nominee. Meyer’s 3,311 votes more than double his closest rival Charlie Murphy’s 1,593. Phil Nale notched 876 votes and William ‘Bill’ Abbott gathered 802 votes.
Meyer will face off this fall against Democrat Jeffrey Walters who ran unopposed in the primary
Incumbent Jackson County District 3 commissioner Matt Reedy easily turned back a challenge for the Republican nomination from Roger Bane. Reedy received 3,819 votes to Bane’s 2,371.
In the race for the GOP nomination to represent District 2 on the Jackson County Council, Mark Hackman won the race with 1,285 votes to Mark Pardieck’s 446.
The Democrats had a race for that council seat as well with Barry Stuckwisch earning the nod with 210 votes to Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson’s 167.
This November, Hackman and Stuckwisch will go head to head for the District 2 seat that represents Crothersville and Vernon Township on the county council.
In the Indiana House Dist. 69 race, Republican incumbent Jim Lucas won the nomination to seek a fourth term. Lucas received 2,980 votes to Nancy Franke’s 2,022 and Charles Johnson’s 162 votes.
Lucas will face Democrat Steve Shoettmer and Libertarian Steven Buffington in the general election.
Statewide, Mike Braun won the Republication nomination for US Senate. But Jackson County Republicans gave Luke Messer a 2,317 advantage over Braun’s 2,195. Former Secretary of State Todd Rokita finished third in the county with 1,408 votes but finished second in unofficial statewide tallies some 56,000 votes behind Braun.
Braun will face incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in the fall.
Ninth District Congressman Trey Hollingsworth easily turned back a challenge from James Dean Alspach 4,829 to 1,241.
It was a three-way race for the Democratic nomination to face Hollingsworth with Liz Watson winning the district and Jackson County. Watson received 955 votes to Dan Canon’s 297 to Rob Chatlos 73 tallies.
In a contest race for the Republican Jackson Township Trustee nomination, two-tern Jackson County Recorder Linda Auleman turned back William ‘Bill’ Marsh’s quest for a sixth term 1,305 to 1,109.
In the race for the Owen Township Trustee on the GOP ticket, incumbent Frank Fisher turned back a challenge from Karen Branaman Wagoner 131-110.

Town Market Foodies Opens In Crothersville

Store manager Amy Stepp, owner Joe Bohman, and assistant manager Cathy Morgan were stocking shelves last week getting ready for the opening of Town Market Foodies.

It’s been six years since Crothersville has had a real grocery store. That is changing this week as Town Market Foodies plans to open at the corner of US 31 & Main Street.
Joe Bohman of Hanover is the new grocery owner but he is certainly not new to the grocery business. He and his brother opened and have operated Pride Market in Hanover in 1988.
He said he hopes to use that 30 years experience in meeting the food needs of customers in small communities at the new Crothersville location.
“Crothersville is a food desert,” said Bohman. “Sure there are several convenience stores nearby. But to get fresh meat, fresh produce, local residents have to drive at least 8-10 miles. We plan to make fresh food a priority.”
Bohman bought the former Tanner’s Market building earlier this year and has had crews busy updating lighting, electrical, and bringing the facility up to county heath codes for selling and serving food.
Bohman said during the renovation, local residents dropped in out of curiosity wanting to know what’s going on. “The local people have been very supportive, helpful and cooperative,” said Bohman.
“We’re going to be concentrating on food,” he said, “and adjust our offerings until the community needs are known.”
In addition to food staples, fresh meat & produce, dairy and frozen product, Town Market Foodies will have a deli.
“Whether you want a sandwich to go for lunch during your work week, or a some baked chicken for a Sunday dinner or picnic, we plan to serve that community need.”
Bohman said his deli specialty is potato salad. “I’ve tried other potato salads but they just didn’t suit me. I came up with a recipe to my liking and will be offering Crothersville residents a specialty potato salad made fresh in the store.”
While he has been working on the store for several months, Bohman said that everything will not be ready “grand opening style” on the first day.
“We are going to ease in to everything,” he said. “It will be nice to start with but will not be my entire dream small town store. Our customers will help determine that.”
The staff will be small. So far Bohman, manager Amy Stepp and assistant manager Cathy Morgan have been busy prepping, cleaning, stocking, arranging and getting ready for the store’s first customers.
Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week “until the community needs are known,” said the new local grocer.
The Town Market Foodies location has a history in Crothersville as a grocery. In the 1920’s Briner’s Regal Market operated at the same location until Dallas McKain bought the business in the 1960’s. Later the food business was Brummet’s Grocery. After that business closed, the building was a church and a florist shop until Tanner’s Market opened for about four years. That business closed in 2012 leaving the community without a full-line grocery store.

Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival June 7-9

The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival will celebrate it’s 43rd community festival on June 7, 8 & 9, 2018.
Applications are still being accepted for craft, flea market and business information vendor spaces. Booths are 10’x15’ and additional space can be purchased. All booths are required to fly an America Flag. To request a booth contact Sherry at 812-569-0407
The 43rd RWB Parade will step off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 9. Registration forms are available by calling Marion at 812-216-8146.
Information can also be found on out website at, and on Facebook.