Christmas Parade, Open House Kicks Off Austin Holiday Season This Saturday

Austin residents will enjoy a day of Christmas cheer with this year’s annual Christmas Parade featuring a community Open House following the parade. The Austin Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Austin Christmas Parade will start at the corner of Broadway and U.S. 31, and head south on U.S. 31 to the first Austin Elementary School entrance just south of the stop light.
Santa Claus will come to town once again in this year’s parade. He will be joined by other floats and parade attractions promising goodies for the children. Residents are encouraged to line the sides on U.S. 31 on the parade route and enjoy the city’s holiday tradition. “There are many spots along U.S. 31 for residents to watch the parade,” said Mayor Dillo Bush. Adding, “The parade is sure to offer the usual set of participants including a host of classic cars, the AHS band and a number of local church and civic groups.”
In addition, there will be musical entertainment performing during the open house following the parade.
During the Open House, held at the old Austin Middle School gym, refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will be on hand for the children’s delight.
The City of Austin Beautification Committee is sponsoring this year’s community Open House.

Thanksgiving Morning Crash Claims Life of Scottsburg Driver

A two-vehicle crash in early Thanksgiving morning claimed the life of one driver and sent several others to Louisville Hospitals, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls.
On Thursday, Nov. 28, a little before 1 a.m., Scott County Dispatch received the initial call of a two-vehicle crash on SR 56 at its intersection with SR 39, just west of the Scott-Washington County line. Scott County Deputies were the first units to arrive and soon requested assistance from the Indiana State Police (ISP) and ISP Crash Reconstructionists.
Investigators believe that a black, 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Victor Colon, 50, of Scottsburg, was southbound on SR 39 approaching the stop sign at the intersection of SR 56. At the same time, a silver, 2017 Ford Escape, driven by Stephanie Barnett, 35, Salem, was westbound on SR 56 approaching the same intersection.
Police report that the Cavalier likely pulled out onto SR 56 in front of the Ford Escape, causing the Escape to collide with the Cavalier, knocking it off the roadway.
Barnett was transported to University of Louisville Hospital (University) by ambulance, and her two juvenile passengers were transported by ambulance to Norton’s Children’s Hospital.
Colon was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner. The passenger of Colon’s vehicle, Barbara M. Hall, 55, Scottsburg, was airlifted to University Hospital.
ISP units were assisted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, The Scottsburg City Police Department, Scott County EMS, Scott County Fire, the Washington County Coroner, and All-Around Towing.

Sertoma To Perform ‘Christmas Miracle’ For Needy Youngsters

Plans are underway for the 2019 Sertoma Christmas Miracle, and applications for gifts for needy families are now available.
Applications are available at the Jackson County Health Department, WIC office, Seymour City Hall, Jackson County Department of Child Services, the Human Services office and the Jackson County Public Library in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour.
Applications are also available at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Brownstown during regular business hours and in Medora at Bundy Brothers.
All applications must be received by Dec. 19. Applications for toys and donors’ monetary donations may be sent to Sertoma at P.O. Box 841 Seymour, IN 47274.
Donations and applications may also be dropped off at Christmas Miracle Headquarters at Shoppes of Seymour on Tanger Blvd. in Suite 211.
The headquarters will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
All donations are used in Jackson County for the children of Jackson County. The headquarters phone number is 812-498-2275.
“We are not associated with any national or international 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 Ryan Begley.
What was once a small, club-oriented service program has grown to become a communitywide project, Co-Chairman John Fox added.
“This program only exists because of the extraordinary charity of the people of our community,” 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.”
More than 1,000 people volunteered and donated during the 2018 Christmas Miracle and served 290 families and 783 children.
“All of your toy and monetary donations, as well as donated blankets, hats and gloves, made sure we were able to help those in need past Christmas season,” Fox said.
Sertoma participates 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.
Sertoma is a nonprofit service organization that means Service To Mankind. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at The Pines. Sertoma focuses on speech and hearing issues in addition to sponsoring the annual Christmas Miracle program.

ISP Charge 2 When Over A Pound Of Meth Found Near Crothersville

Troopers with the Indiana State Police arrested two men last Wednesday, Nov. 20, after a large quantity of methamphetamine was located in their vehicle during a traffic stop on I-65 north of Crothersville.
Trooper Randel Miller made a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala on northbound I-65 near the 39 mile marker around 10:30 a.m. During the traffic stop, Trp. Miller became suspicious that criminal activity was taking place and had his ISP K-9 partner Jinx conduct a walk-a-round of the exterior of the vehicle. Jinx alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, troopers located a plastic bag containing over 500 grams (over a pound) of suspected methamphetamine.
The driver of the vehicle, Zachary D. Williams, 37, of Lafayette, provided the trooper with a false name. The passenger in the vehicle, Mark A. Sneed, 39, of Louisville, KY was also found to be in possession of marijuana.
Williams was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, false informing, and identity theft.
Sneed was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana.
Both men were incarcerated in Jackson County Jail.

Conservation Club Plans Christmas Pitch-In; Holiday Concert

The Tri-County Conservation Club will be holding their Christmas Pitch-In on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m.
Everyone is asked to bring two side dishes to share and a pie or candy dish to donate for our auction after the dinner.
Santa will be arriving around 1 p.m. to get the children’s last minute request.
This year we will be having a pie and candy auction instead of the White Elephant Sale.
Then on Monday, Dec. 16, from 5-7 p.m. the Conservation Club will host a Live Music and Soup Supper fundraiser.
The Chastain Brothers will be providing live music for the evening. The menu will be chili, soup beans and Italian veggie soup, corn bread, desserts and drinks.
Proceeds will raise the funds for the winter bills, and the rest of the needs to build the shelter house this spring.
Anyone needing directions is welcome to call Sandy at 812-793-2014 or Brian at 812-820-3639.

Drug Crackdown Continues In Scott County

On Friday night, Nov. 15, Scott County Deputies with the assistance of a K-9 officers from the Austin City Police Department, conducted a search warrant at 253 Berna Drive south of Scottsburg.
“The search warrant was the result of an investigation that began earlier this month,” said Sheriff Jerry Goodin. “A complaint was received by Scott County Deputy John Hartman of illegal narcotics being allegedly used and sold at the residence.”
During a search of the residence heroin and other controlled substances along with nearly $1,000 in cash were seized, police reported. Two men found at the residence were arrested.
Keith Smith, 38, of Scottsburg was charged with three counts of dealing in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance.
Jeffrey Powell, 21, of Scottsburg was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.
Both men incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.
Lora M. Johnson, a female present at the scene during the search warrant, was transported to Scott County Hospital for medical reasons. She is now being sought by authorities after charges were filed by the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and an arrest warrant issued by the Scott Circuit Court Judge Jason Mount last Thursday.
Lora M. Johnson, 45, 5’9″, 145 pounds, blond hair and brown eyes is wanted for possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Johnson is encouraged to contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-5550.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Deputy Hartman with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Charlestown Police Department in an attempt to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on a man in Charlestown.
Norman Adams, 35, of Lexington was arrested on a warrant charging possession of a syringe. Adams was incarcerated in Scott County Jail.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, Deputy Joe Baker conducted a ‘stop and knock’ at an apartment on Bond Street in Austin. His investigation led to the arrest of Charles Evans, 55, of Austin for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
On Monday, Nov. 18, Deputy Kenton Makowsky observed suspicious behavior in the parking lot of a local motel. The officer approached a vehicle with multiple occupants, one being identified as Jordan Blythe, 25, of Austin.
Blythe admitted to the officer of having syringes in a backpack belonging to him. A search of the backpack revealed an uncapped syringe and multiple other needles.
While he was being booked in to the Scott County Jail, officers found a hidden needle on Blythe.
Blythe faces charges of possession of s syringe and trafficking with an inmate.