Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives last week selected State Rep. Terry Goodin of Austin as their new leader, succeeding State Rep. Scott Pelath from Michigan City. Republicans currently hold a 70-30 majority in the Indiana House.
Goodin was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2000. He represents Indiana House District 66 in Southern Indiana representing Scott and portions of Clark and Jefferson Counties.
Goodin serves as superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools.
“I am humbled by the vote of support shown by my fellow House Democrats, and I pledge to use this post to encourage a lively debate on the issues that we feel are of greatest concern to the people who live and work in Indiana,” Goodin said. “We want all Hoosiers to feel like they have a voice and will be heard in the halls of state government.
“To my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, I want you to know that we will work with you when the cause is right, and respectfully disagree with you when we feel there is room for improvement in what you are proposing,” he continued. “There is a place to get along, even when we have different points of view.”
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma concurred, “Unlike Washington, D.C., here in Indiana, the vast majority of successful legislation passes the General Assembly with bipartisan authorship, sponsorship and support. Hoosier legislators have a long track record of reaching across the aisle to find common ground on many issues and we look forward to continuing that work with the new minority leader, State Rep. Terry Goodin, as we head into another important legislative session.”
“We will use a healthy dialogue with the people of Indiana to form the basis for the proposals we will be advancing during the 2018 session of the General Assembly and beyond,” Goodin said. “We look forward to the challenges to come with great excitement and expectation.”
Goodin serves as superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools and is a cattle farmer. Goodin and his wife Darcie have three children: a daughter, Grace; and two sons, Berley and Brown.
A Knoxville, Tennessee man who was jailed by Indiana State Police on drug related charges on Monday, Nov. 20, was found to have additional drugs while being processed by jail personnel.
Jackson County Jail Sergeant Josh Clark located a large amount of drugs including cocaine, heroin, crack and ecstasy, on an inmate during the booking process, according to Jail Commander Charlie Murphy.
Shannon Donte Lewis
While Clark was performing a routine clothing exchange and search on Shannon Donte Lewis, 34, of Knoxville, TN, Clark located several bags of drugs hidden on Lewis.
Lewis had been hiding a significant amount of drugs in the front of his underpants.
“Lewis started to run toward a restroom in an attempt to flush the drugs down the toilet. Sergeant Clark quickly deployed his taser on Lewis and it stopped him instantly,” said Murphy. “Lewis began to scream loudly while being tasered which alerted other jail staff to come to Clark’s aid.”
All of the drugs were recovered, Murphy said. In all, there were around 80 grams of drugs recovered worth a street value of about $5,000.
Lewis had been taken to the jail in Brownstown by Indiana State Police after a traffic stop led to his arrest on charges of possession of a controlled substance for drugs troopers located in his vehicle and operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license.
Clark has requested for additional felony charges of trafficking, dealing cocaine and dealing heroin, dealing a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.
Clark was assisted during the incident by Jail Officer Joe Barnes, Sergeant David Ridlen, Jail Nurse Ed Rutan, Jail Commander Charlie Murphy, and Detective Ben Rudolph.
It’s a December holiday tradition in the ‘Ville. The public is invited to celebrate Christmas at Hamacher Hall on Friday evening, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m.
There will be the traditional Cookies and Carols, featuring Santa, cookies, and singing carols, all at no cost.
This year, the annual Christmas Auction will also be included in this event. Many wonderful items are being prepared for sale for this season’s auction including homemade sweet treats and handmade gift items.
The Auction is held to raise funds for Hamacher Hall maintenance, improvements, and activities.
Hamacher Hall and the Annex are facilities of the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, which encourages interest and participation in Crothersville’s history and in the arts.
Hamacher Hall, the former First Presbyterian Church and has a ramp for handicapped access. It is located at 211 East Howard Street in Crothersville, just east of the stoplight. All donations are welcome, and are tax-deductible.
For information, call Linda at 812-521-3695.
Williams Bros Health Care Pharmacy, a family owned Independent pharmacy headquartered in Washington Indiana, has purchased Austin Pharmacy and Stewart’s Pharmacy, both located in nearby Austin.
Williams Bros. is a fourth generation family business dedicated to ensuring positive outcomes in health care for people of all ages. Williams Bros. dedication comes from over 100 years of family tradition and experience. At Williams Bros., we are committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations.
“Williams Bros. looks forward to investing in the Austin community and serving those who live in Austin and surrounding areas,” said Cheryl May, Chief Operating Officer. “We welcome our existing and new customers to visit us.’
Both pharmacies are open for business as usual, she said. “Williams Bros is committed to keeping all the same employees that have been serving the current patients so well,” she said
Williams Bros has more than 500 employees at pharmacies in Washington, Loogootee, Paoli, Vincennes, Princeton, Bloomington, Fishers in Indiana and Olney, Illinois. There are Home Medical Equipment locations in Columbus and New Albany.
Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy was established in 1988 by brothers Charles, Mark & Jeff Williams. The brothers wanted to revive and expand the original pharmacy business begun by their great-grandfather, Charles C. Williams in 1899 and continued through grandfather Joe and father, Paul, according to the company website.
The company spokesperson said that the firm looks forward to serving those who live in Austin and surrounding communities of Crothersville, Scottsburg, Brownstown, Little York.
FPBH, Inc. Surveyor, Engineers, Planners, and Inspectors has announced the addition of the Wayman and Associates Surveying and Engineering Office to their current offices in North Vernon and New Castle.
FPBH looks forward to carrying on the excellence in land surveying and design services to the Seymour community provided by the late Jim Wayman. This new endeavor will continue the traditions started by Bill Bateman in 1975 and carried on by Jim Wayman by maintaining continuity in preserving their work and archiving those historic documents. We look forward to continuing to provide these services for the rapidly growing and improving areas in and around Seymour, Crothersville and Jackson County.
To celebrate their move to Seymour, an open house will be held at the offices of Wayman and Associates (now FPBH, Inc.) at 402 Circle Street on Thursday, December 7, from 2-4 p.m. All are invited to stop by, have some refreshments, meet the FPBH family. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.
FPBH is currently the engineering firm for the town of Crothersville.
FPBH, Inc. began in 1972 in North Vernon and is a leading Civil/Survey Consulting Firm in Indiana providing multifaceted design, land surveying, and environmental consulting to its clients in both the public and private sector. Our staff of 16 provides services in water, wastewater, transportation, bridge, trail, building, subdivision and industrial development design. In addition to surveying and design services the company also offers consulting in GIS mapping, construction inspection, floodway design and permitting, wetland evaluation and mitigation planning, Phase 1 and 2 environmental reviews, and project funding solutions.
Firefighters from seven fire departments battled a fire in northern Vernon Township for multiple days last week.
No one was injured in the fire that began as a large structure fire last Tuesday night (Nov. 14) on the 19-acre site owned by Charlotte W. Helt, who once operated the recycling center with her late husband, Roger W. Helt at 10770 E. County Road 125S.
The fire was first reported at the former Helt Enterprises-Recycling site north of Uniontown just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters from several departments worked to extinguished the blaze, but it rekindled about two hours later and was still burning Thursday.
Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Chief Ben Spencer said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He said the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to assist with the cause of the fire.
The fire was difficult to extinguish because of the materials involved, which included plastic, tires, pallets and other materials, he said.
The water firefighters sprayed on the burning plastic cooled it, which was essentially creating a shield for the flames burning underneath. That’s the type of fire that fire officials consider “deep-seated fires,” Spencer said.
Spencer said the fumes from the plastic burning was the primary concern of fire officials, and representatives from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Jackson County Health Department who were on scene.
The rural site is at the edge of a wooded area, but firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to that area. Rainy conditions in the morning and afternoon also helped keep the fire contained.
This is not the first fire on the property. A fire was reported in April 2000 when the site still operated. That fire involved similar materials.
The Seymour Fire Department and Grassy Fork, Jackson-Washington, Brownstown, Redding and Hamilton Township fire departments assisted with the fire.