Applications For Sertoma Christmas Miracle Available In Crothersville

The Sertoma Club ‘Christmas Miracle’ provides gifts for Jackson County children who might not otherwise have a happy holiday. Sertoma stands for ‘Service To Mankind’.
Applications can be founds in Seymour at the Jackson County Health Department, WIC office, Seymour City Hall, Jackson County Department of Child Service, Human Services Office, the Crothersville and Medora libraries, Jackson County Sheriff’s office, and Bundy Brothers in Medora.
All applications must be received by Dec. 18.
The Christmas Miracle Headquarters will be at Shoppes of Seymour on Tanger Blvd. in Suite 209 beginning Dec. 1. The headquarters will be open Tuesday through Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
Applications for toys and donors’ monetary donations may be sent to Sertoma at P.O. Box 841 Seymour, IN 47274.
Applications and donations may also be dropped off at headquarters starting on December 1. All donations are used in Jackson County for the children of Jackson County. The headquarters’ phone number is 812-498-2275 but will not be in operation until Dec. 1.
“We are not associated with any national or international toy drive. We are a local toy drive. Anyone who donates gifts or money to Sertoma Christmas Miracle can rest assured knowing that their contribution is used only for the children of Jackson County,” said Christmas Miracle Co-Chairman and Jackson County Sertoma president Ryan Begley.
Sertoma is participating in the Charity Tracker network to avoid any duplication of services. All applications must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. Applications are accepted for children 12 years of age and younger. All children must live in Jackson County and must be home for the delivery of the gifts throughout the day on Christmas Eve.
What was once a small, club-oriented service program has grown to become a communitywide project, the largest in Jackson County, Co-Chairman John Fox added.
“This program only exists because of the extraordinary charity of the people of this county,” Fox said. “We do not have enough members in Sertoma to pull off this large of a project without volunteers and donors. We’re truly blessed with the support of our community.”

Ice Storm Paralyzes Area; Knocks Out Power

While it may make for a bucolic, seasonal photo of birds dining on sunflower seeds on an icicle laden feeder, an ice storm last Wednesday & Thursday caused numerous electrical power outages in Crothersville and Austin.
Duke Energy and Jackson County REMC crews worked to restore power caused by the weight of ice breaking tree limbs which fell onto electrical lines.
This cardinal and goldfinch, having their own early Thanksgiving, just seem grateful to have some breakfast provided.

Over 400,000 Pieces Of Mail Seek Famous Santa Claus Postmark

The Santa Claus, Indiana Post Office has selected the 2018 special picture postmark for the upcoming holiday season.
On December 1, the post office will begin offering the picture postmark to cancel the postage stamps on holiday mail again this year.
This famous small-town post office is the only one in the world with the Santa Claus name and receives over 400,000 pieces of mail in December – compared to only 13,000 pieces of mail per month the rest of the year. This special picture postmark has been offered every Christmas season since 1983.
Each year, the holiday postmark is designed by a local high school art student as part of an annual contest.
This year’s artist is Savannah McCutchan, daughter of Tim and Holly of Lincoln City.
“The Santa Claus holiday postmark has become the most popular in the nation over the past two decades,” says Postmaster Marian Balbach. “Postal patrons worldwide request the picture postmark each year and many customers traditionally drive hundreds of miles to personally obtain the famous cancellation on their holiday mail.”
She asks anyone interested in getting the special cancellation on their holiday mail to follow these guidelines:
•Allow at least a 2-inch by 4-inch space in the stamp area for the picture postmark;
•Apply postage to cards or letters before bringing or mailing them to the post office;
•If you wish to mail Christmas cards to the post office, package them – with postage stamps already on them – in a sturdy envelope or box, and mail to: Postmaster, Santa Claus Station, Santa Claus, IN 47579-9998;
•The picture postmark is available on working days between December 1 and 24;
•The picture postmark must be requested by the postal customer;
•To ensure a good postmark imprint, do not enclose large or bulky items in your holiday mail (Ex: reindeer food, snowflakes, glitter, stickers, etc.)
•There is no charge for postmarking; however, there is a limit of 50 picture postmarks (hand cancellations) per person per day.
The community of Santa Claus will host a celebration of family fun on the first three weekends of December. Santa Claus Christmas Celebration events include Chestnut Roasting, Christmas Dinner with Santa, Writing a Letter to Santa, and more each weekend.
In addition, special events include Dancer’s Dash 5K on December 2, Santa Claus Arts & Crafts Show and Santa Claus Parade on December 8, and the Christmas Lake Village Festival of Lights on December 8 and 15.
~Jasper Herald

Hoosiers Can Expect to Pay Less This Thanksgiving

According to Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey, Hoosier shoppers should see slightly more affordable grocery store prices on tomorrow’s Thanksgiving food items this year.
The average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year, including 12 traditional food items, is $47.22 or $4.72 per person, which is approximately 7 percent cheaper than in 2017.
The INFB Thanksgiving market basket survey was conducted by volunteer shoppers across the state who collected prices on specific food items from one of their local grocery stores. Volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals.
The market basket price of $47.22 includes a 16-pound turkey, the ingredients for stuffing and a pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, a carrot and celery veggie tray, whole milk, cranberries, whipping cream and miscellaneous baking items such as eggs, sugar and butter.
The majority of the 7 percent decrease in price can be attributed to a lower cost of turkey this year.
Last year, shoppers found that a 16-pound turkey cost $26 ($1.62 per pound), on average. This year, that same turkey should cost approximately $21.50 ($1.34 per pound), which is about 17 percent cheaper. In 2017, however, INFB noted that the cost of turkey had increased approximately $3, so the 2018 price of turkey is expected to be comparable to 2016 costs.
“Thanks to an ample supply, turkey remains affordable for consumers, which helps keep the overall cost of the dinner reasonably priced as well,” said AFBF Chief Economist Dr. John Newton.
Other traditional Thanksgiving items that Hoosier shoppers can expect to be a bit more affordable this year include fresh celery, fresh cranberries and whipping cream.
Items that may be a bit more expensive this year include cube stuffing, pumpkin pie mix, pie shells and fresh carrots. All other items, including sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, peas and milk, remained relatively unchanged.
To capture the diversity in Thanksgiving meals across the U.S., INFB also collected prices for less traditional Thanksgiving items and found that consumers can expect to pay $9 for a 4-pound ham, $1.56 for a 16-ounce package of green beans and $2.80 for a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes. The addition of these items increases the overall meal cost for 10 to $61.23.
“The good news is that consumers continue to see affordable prices for core Thanksgiving foods at the grocery store, including the turkey, which is even more affordable than in year’s past,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president and chair of the women’s leadership committee. “Indiana has a lot to do with that, since our state ranks fourth in the nation in turkey production.”
The time-saving convenience of meal delivery services continues to grow among consumers. According to AFBF, a price check of popular meal delivery services indicates a 16-pound turkey costs nearly 50 percent more (nearly $2 per pound) compared to Farm Bureau’s national average. The total cost of the Thanksgiving meal priced by Farm Bureau would be about 60 percent higher when purchased from a meal delivery service.
Indiana’s survey is completed in conjunction with a national survey administered by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF found that the national meal average for 10 people is $48.90, which is approximately 4 percent more than Indiana’s average meal price this year.

Three Arrested In Crothersville For Dealing Meth Near School

Three Crothersville residents were incarcerated last Tuesday, Nov. 6, on a variety of drug charges by authorities with the Indiana State Police.
Around 11 a.m. Troopers went to a residence at 107 N. East Street, across from the Crothersville School baseball and softball fields, after receiving a citizen’s complaint of possible drug activity at the residence. Upon arriving at the residence, troopers obtained probable cause and obtained a search warrant from Jackson County Circuit Court.
Law enforcement located approximately 40 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Numerous other items associated with drug dealing and drug use were located at the scene.
Arrested were
Rose Staley Victorino, 57, of Crothersville was charged with dealing in meth over 28 grams, near school or park, possession of meth over 28 grams near school or park, obstruction of justice, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

Scott Staley, 46 of Crothersville was charged with dealing in meth over 28 grams, near school or park, possession of meth over 28 grams near school or park, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

Rodger Wells Robinson, 37 of Crothersville was charged with dealing in meth over 28 grams, near school or park, possession of meth over 28 grams near school or park, visiting a common nuisance.
All three suspects were incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Communities Awarded Over $1.2 Million For Road Paving

The town of Crothersville was awarded $217,480 and Scott County received $1 million to pave roads last week as a part of the state’s ‘Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.’
Governor Eric J. Holcomb presented ceremonial checks to 283 Indiana cities, towns and counties receiving a combined $100 million in state-matching funds for local road projects.
Crothersville, which earlier this summer completed resurfacing 14 town streets as a part of a $400,000+ Community Cross Roads grant, will mill and re-pave an addition 12 streets as a result of this grant.
Among the streets to be preliminarily considered for milling, repair and resurfacing include:
•Industrial Way from US 31 west to the new extension.
•Howard Street from Bethany Road to Park Ave.
•Main Street Circle
•Pennsylvania Ave. from Walnut Street north to the corporate limits.
•Howard Street from Dismore to Preston.
•Moore Street from US 31 to Preston St.
•Moore Street from Preston east to the corporate limits.
•Main Street from the Railroad to US 31.
•Walnut Street from Kovener St. to Seymour Road.
•Preston Street from Moore to Coleman.
•Coleman from Preston St. to Seymour road.
•Seymour Road from Howard St. to Walnut St.
In Scott County, Highway Superintendent Jill Baker said that 15.91 miles of county roads will be resurfaced with the county’s match to be just over $333,300.
Roads plans to be re-surfaced include:
•Blocher Rd. from Terry to Shea
•Harrod Rd. from Bogardus to Terry
•Cutshall Rd. from Coffee Pot to Slab
•Jimtown Rd. from Lovers Lane to SR 356
•Bridgewater Rd. from Slateford to Double or Nothing
•Underwood Rd. from SR 356 to Radio Tower
•Moon Rd. from SR56 to Weir
•Christie Rd. from US31 to City Limits
•Salem Rd. from County Line to Bloomington Trail
•Leota Rd. from Covered Bridge to Mountain Bottom
“We will advertise for bids in January 2019 with work to be completed by June 30,” said Baker
“Infrastructure plays a vital role in taking Indiana to the Next Level, and that includes everything from our interstates down to the last mile—including our local roads, bridges and sidewalks,” Gov. Holcomb said. “When it comes to building and maintaining our infrastructure, we’re in this together for the benefit of all Hoosiers. I am encouraged by the immediate impact of this program and look forward to hundreds more projects funded by Community Crossings taking shape in the coming months.”
Community Crossings was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016. Funds for the program are awarded from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund. To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction.
State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities with a population of 50,000 or fewer.

Scott County representatives on hand for the announcement include (left to right) County Commissioner Bob Tobias, County Highway Superintendent Jill Baker, Gov. Eric Holcomb, and county councilwoman Iva Gasaway.


Crothersville representatives on hand for the grant announcement were (left to right) Street Superintendent Mike Deaton, Gov. Eric Holcomb, Town Council President Danieta Foster, and Water Utilities Superintendent Chris Mains.