New Postmaster For Crothersville

Troy Lovegrove (left) is officially installed as the new Crothersville Postmaster during a brief ceremony last Tuesday.
Lovegrove, a Jennings County resident, has been the Officer in Charge of the Crothersville Post Office since the retirement in February of former longtime Postmaster Carolyn King.
Administering the oath is Chad Way, Manager of Post Office Operations for the Greater Indiana District. Holding the Bible for the ceremony is the new postmaster’s church pastor Drew Dukes.

CPD Asst. Chief Resigns To Take Job With Sheriff’s Dept.

J.L. McElfresh

Crothersville Assistant Chief of Police Jerry J.L. McElfresh II announced this week that he is leaving the local department to become a deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
He has served as an officer with the Crothersville Police since April 2016. His last official day is May 30.
Prior to being hire as a local enforcement officer, McElfresh served as a reserve officer with the Brownstown Police Department and worked court security for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
“While I have enjoyed my experiences with the Crothersville Police Department, this was an opportunity I could not pass up,” he said. “I want to thank the town and the town council for this opportunity to work for the residents of the Crothersville area and look forward to the new challenges of patrolling and law enforcement with Jackson County.”

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.