Crothersville Couple To Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

John & Clarice Nehrt

John & Clarice Nehrt

Mr.  & Mrs. John Nehrt of Crothersville will observe their 70th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2017.  John and the former Clarice Kovener were married June 21, 1947 at Immanuel United Church of Christ by the Rev. Eugene Bickel.  Mr. & Mrs. E. Lynn Kiewit served as best man and matron of honor.
John and Clarice are the parents of three children: Mike (Deb) Nehrt of Rock Springs, Georgia, Cindy (the late Mike) Cozart of Crothersville and Holly (Kevin) Foster of Seymour; five grandchildren, Tracy Graviet, Neal Nehrt, Julie Cozart, Devin (Carol) Cozart and Drew Foster and three great-grandchildren, Paige Graviet, Michael Cozart and Dale ‘Mitchell’ Cozart.
The couple have lived on West Main Street in Crothersville for the last 70 years and also attended the church in which they were married serving on numerous boards, teaching Sunday school and playing the organ until it closed in 2016.

Food, Family Fun, Fireworks At 42nd Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival

The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival kicks off June 8 for a flag waving salute to Old Glory and military service veterans. This year’s event is June 8-10 held at the Crothersville Community School grounds.
This is the 42nd festival for the annual patriotic salute tagged as “Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival”, said festival director Sherry Bridges. “Our community takes pride in honoring our veterans and Old Glory.”
Terry Prine will be master of ceremonies throughout the three-day festival. Bobby Deal is entertainment chairman.
Fun Services-Indiana will be kicking off the festival on Wednesday June 7 with bracelet night. Wristbands for the, “Family Fun Zone” will be $8. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Wristbands for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday are $10 with single tickets $1. Hours for Thursday and Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Always a crowd draw, the Baby Contest registration will begin at 2:30 on Thursday June 8 in the CHS gym. Judging begins at 4 p.m. Categories are, birth to three months, four to seven months, eight to 12 months, 13 to 24 months, 25 to 36 months and 37 to 48 months. First and second will be awarded to a boy and a girl in each category.
Entry fee is $5 dollars. Winners will announced from the stage at 6 p.m. ACTS, (Actors Community Theater Seymour) is sponsoring this event.
At 5:30 p.m. the 42nd RWB Prince and Princess will be crowned from the stage. Crothersville FFA is sponsoring the contest.  The 41st RWB Prince and Princess, Devin Morgan and Jamie Caudill will crown the new royalty.
Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m. as the community pauses to salute a local veteran and honor, “Old Glory”.
At 7 p.m. Donovan Harris will take center stage. Harris a singer -songwriter from Tampico has been singing and playing music since he was 4 years old. His love of music ranges from Country Western to Ragtime Blues.
Gospel group, Redemption Cross will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. followed by The Colwells at 8:30 p.m.
A dulcimer group comprised of local and area players will perform at Hamacher Hall on East Howard Street this Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. as a part of the Red, White & Blue Festival. This is a free program sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association.
‘Colts in Motion’, a 42-foot long traveling museum full of interactive Colts history and memorabilia will be set up on Preston Street in front of the gym from 5 to 7 p.m.
Matthew Williams will perform from the stage at 5 p.m. followed by the Country Kickers at 5:30pm
105.3 WMPI of Scottsburg will broadcast live from the festival grounds and visitors will have the opportunity to spin the wheel for prizes.
Backwoods Bluegrass takes the stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by Grandview Junction featuring former resident Linda Miller Musselwhite at 7:45 p.m.
Capping off at 8:45pm will be James White and Deer Creek.
The Festival starts early Saturday morning, June 10. The entire day is filled with wholesome fun family activities. The Crothersville FFA will be serving a traditional  breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs,  sausage and at 7 a.m.
At 8 a.m. the Lady Tigers Volleyball team will sponsor a co-ed Volleyball Tournament in the boys gym.
The Crothersville Library announced that it would be closed all day Saturday to celebrate the Red, White & Blue Festival.
At 10 a.m. the Crothersville-Vernon Twp. Fire Department will sponsor the Water Ball Contest. Registration is at 9 a.m. They will be set up in the Elementary parking lot.
At 10 a.m. is the Bubble Gum Blowing Contest in front of the stage. Age groups are, five to seven years, eight to 10, 11 to 12 and 13 and up. Prizes will be given in each age group. Also, at 10 a.m. is registration for the Pedal Tractor Pull sponsored by the Traditional Young Farmers. Pulling will begin at 10:30 a.m. on South Preston in front of festival ground.
At 11 a.m., Denise Maxie will set the table for the constants as they participate in the FFA Pork Burger Eating Contest. Constants will see how many, “World Famous FFA Pork Burgers” they can eat in 10 minutes. The winner will receive a cash prize.
A cake and pie contest will be held at the Crothersville Town Hall. Baked good can be registered from 10 to 11 a.m. by entering the meeting room door with judging taking place at 11:15 a.m. Categories for the pies are: fruit, cream, your specialty and cobblers. For the cakes: layer, sheet, decorated and your speciality. Winners will be announced from the stage at 5:15 p.m. with the auction of the baked entries to follow. The event is sponsored by the Crothersville Town Council.
Marion Gill, Parade Chairman and her team will be set up at the corner of East and Bard Streets at 10:30 a.m. to register entry’s for the 42nd RWB Parade. Judging begins at 1 p.m.
For almost 40 years children of the community have been decorating their bicycles and dressing up their pets in red, white and blue. This year the Pet & Bike Parade will be at noon in front of the stage. Cash prizes will be given to the winners. Ages groups are pre-school to kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade.
The Long Family singers a gospel group from Freetown will take the stage at 12:30 p.m.
The 42nd RWB Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. Grand Marshal is the Lady Tigers Basketball Team sectional winners coached by Kevin Hensley.
Stars & Stripes will be stepping to the music in front of the stage at 3 p.m. followed by Adam Schill of Big Top Productions will entertain children of all ages at 4 p.m. Adam will also be strolling the grounds after his performace bringing smiles to everyone.
Brian Fink will be performing at 4:30 p.m on stage.
The Cake and Pie winners will be announced at 5:15 and all entry’s will be auctioned off. Proceeds will go to the 2018 RWB Zambelli Fireworks fund.
KO’s Martial Arts will be doing a demonstration at 5:30 p.m. followed by singer Matthew Williams at 6 p.m.
Monday Night Special will be entertaining us at 7:15 p.m. Closing out the night will be headliner band, Alley Katz at 8:15 p.m.
Vendor Raffles will be drawn at 9 p.m. from the stage.
Robert Becker and the Coolbus from Radio 96.3 WJAA will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. and will start the countdown at 10 p.m. as Zambelli Fireworks lights up the Crothersville sky. Visitors are encouraged to come early with their lawn chairs or blanket mark their spot and head to the festival grounds and enjoy the food, visit with family and friends.
Throughout the festival the Antique Farm Machinery Show will take place along Howard Street. Kevin and Melanie Hoevener are again organizing this event which promices to be another great show.
The Crothersville-Vernon Twp. Fire Department will be frying fish at the firehouse on Moore Street Thursday through Saturday.
Handicap parking will be in the school Administration Building parking lot at the south end of Preston Street. Restrooms are located inside the gym entrance to the left.
The festival asks that visitors leave their pets at home unless they are in a contest or a service animal. Also, bicycles are not to be ridden on festival grounds unless in the parade.
The RWB Festival Committee encourages the community to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the events while visiting with family and friends.

Festival Events At Hamacher Hall

A dulcimer group comprised of local and area players will perform at Hamacher Hall on East Howard Street this Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. as a part of the Red, White & Blue Festival. This is a free program sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association. Water, tea and lemonade will be available for a donation.
On Saturday, June 10, those attending the festival are encouraged to visit Hamacher Hall anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take a break in the air-conditioned building.
Local historical items will be on display, and pop and snacks will be available for purchase.
For more information about Hamacher Hall events call Linda (812-521-3695) or Brenda (812-793-2760).

‘Colts In Motion’ Coming To Festival Friday

Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival will feature “Colts In Motion” this Friday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m. “There is no better way to show your Colts pride than visiting this unique event,” said festival organizer Marion Gill.
Colts In Motion is a 42-foot-long traveling museum full of interactive Colts history and memorabilia. It will visit Jackson County for the first time at the Crothersville festival.
Colts In Motion includes:
•Compare your hands to those of Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts Wide Receiver TY Hilton.
•Feel the difference between the old Astroturf and new Fieldturf.
•Learn more about the best venue in sports, Lucas Oil Stadium.
•Check out game worn items worn by TY Hilton, Adam Vinatieri, and Phillip Dorsett.
•Colts In Motion includes six interactive TVs, including highlights of Colts playmakers both past and present.
•Test your Colts knowledge with our touchscreen quiz
•See replicas of the 2006 Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl Ring.

36 Seniors To Take Part In CHS Commencement Friday

Madison Reynolds Valedictorian

Madison Reynolds

Thirty-Six seniors with the Class of 2017 are scheduled to take part in the 121st Commencement Ceremony at Crothersville High School this Friday, May 26.
Seniors will enter the gym at 8 p.m. to the traditional tune of ‘Pomp & Circumstance’.
Class of 2017 secretary Tristan Maschino will offer opening words followed by a welcome by CHS Principal David Schill.
Gabriella Walters will give the salutatorian address followed by a class history by Deven Lemen.
Madison Reynolds will give the valedictorian address followed by a video of class memories.
Principal Schill will introduce the class and School Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin will present diplomas.
Class President Keeley Kessler will lead her class in the transfer of tassels followed by closing words by Bailey Hines, class treasurer.

Gabriella Walters Salutatorian

Gabriella Walters

The newly graduated CHS Class of 2017 will depart the gym to the tune of ‘Best Day Of My Life’.
The Class of 2017 motto is “Our lives are before us, our pasts are behind us, our memories are forever within us.”
The class flower is the Gerbera Daisy and the class colors are Scarlet, Silver and White.
The Class of 2017 sponsors are Valerie Mains and Kistian Reynolds.
Taking part in the school’s 121st commencement are Brandon Duane Banks, Breanna Barger, Isaiah Allen Burnett, Jamie Allen Eugene Buxton, Katrina Ann Christian, Brittany Rene Clem, Trenton Cruz Collings.
Also Allison Taylor Davidson, Jule Elsner, Holly Renee Engleking, Seth Everd Eversole, Jessie Glenn Fink, Mary Chrystal Groenenboom-Johnson, Imke Luise Martha Hartmann.
Also Bailey Elizabeth Hines, Seth Leroy Hoevener, William Tyler Hoevener, Nina Marie Jaworek, Keeley Chelsie Keasler, Kasmir Breann Kelshaw, Noah Thomas Kodetzki.
Also Devin McKay Lemen, Megan Alexandra Locke, Brett Alan Andrew Lucas, Abby Joy Mains, Tristan Hope Maschino, Emily Nicole McCleery, Robert John Conner O’Sullivan.
Also Hannah Elizabeth Ortman, Madison Elizabeth Reynolds, Brady Alexander Riley, Brittany Elaine Ross, Jacob Tyler Rucker, Tosha Leoda Tincher, Gabriela Marie Walters, Hanna Marie Wyra.

Retirement Open House For David Schill

There will be a retirement open house in honor of David Schill in the CHS Cafetorium tomorrow (Thursday). May 25, from 3-7 pm.
David has been at Crothersville Jr./Sr. High School for more than 20 years. Whether he was your shop teacher, your assistant principal, your principal, or simply your friend, we invite you to come help us celebrate his retirement and wish him well.
If you aren’t able to attend but would like to share a memory, a picture, or a note, you can email those to