March Storms Roar Into Area Causing Damage

Storm Leaves Damage In Its Path

Storm Leaves Damage In Its Path

Straightline winds toppled a large pine tree onto a Ford Ranger at the Steven Barnes residence at 409 W. Main Street last Wednesday morning.
Several structures throughout the area sustained damage by high winds.

Weather folklore is that March is a lion and an lamb: if it comes in as a lion it will go out as a lamb and vice versa.
That may be of some comfort to those whose homes and property were damaged by the high winds and rain which roared into the area early Wednesday morning, March 1.
Several isolated buildings suffered from mild damage to total destruction in Crothersville and Vernon Township.
Crothersville schools were on a 2-hour delay as a result of the storm.
South of Crothersville trees were broken and uprooted causing traffic problems on US 31, I-65 & some county roads.
As bad as the damage was in the Crothersville area, power was out in Seymour for more than 24 hours as Duke energy crews were busy repairing electrical poles damaged by the wind and the results of a fire at an electrical substation.
Along with the high winds came a large amount of rain which resulted in low lying roadways in the area to become flooded and closed to traffic by road officials.

Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge To Hire for Summer Youth Program

The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four high school students this summer as part of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The program will runs eight weeks from June 5 to July 28. Applicants must be U.S. citizens from 15 to 18. Successful applicants will be paid the Indiana minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge consists of approximately 7,800 acres of forests, wetlands, and grasslands.  It is one of over 550 national wildlife refuges and is located in Jackson and Jennings Counties, along Highway 50 between Seymour and Hayden.
Projects to be completed during the summer include trail maintenance, habitat restoration/improvement, facility maintenance, vehicle maintenance, invasive species control, along with environmental education opportunities.
Enrollees will do hard physical work and may be exposed to insects, poison oak and ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions.
For more information visit to download a copy of the YCC application.
Applications must be received on or before April 15 and can be mailed or delivered in person to Muscatatuck NWR, 12985 E. U.S. Hwy 50, Seymour, IN 47274.
YCC recruits will be randomly selected from applicants in early May. After selections are made, there will be an orientation for the enrollees at the refuge to complete the necessary employment paperwork.
For more information regarding the YCC positions, call the Refuge office at (812) 522-4352.

Senior Citizens Financial Seminar & Dinner March 30

As we begin to age, most people put off dealing with financial issues until it’s too late. Schneck Foundation and Jackson County Bank are hosting Changing Places: Planning for Your Future.
At the program participants will learn about retirement planning, advance directives, funeral planning, long-term care insurance, and trusts. Speakers include:
•Trina Hanner, Beacon Wealth
•Luke Nolting, Spurgeon Funeral Home
•Bruce Werskey, Western Southern Life
•Denise Connell, Montgomery, Elsner and Pardieck Law Office
•Brandon Hunsley, Jackson County Bank
Changing Places: Planning for Your Future will be held on Thursday, March 30 at Pewter Hall, 850 West Sweet Street, Brownstown.
A resource fair will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m.
Participants are invited to a complimentary dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
To make your reservation for this free program, contact the Schneck Foundation at 812-524-4245 or Seating is limited; early reservations are recommended

Fowl Visitors

online snow geese

Thousands of Snow Geese, along with a few hundred Sandhill Cranes, visited the Ewing Bottoms area of the White River west of Brownstown recently on their annual migration.
~photo by Tracie Kovener

Hamacher Hall Seeking Vendors For “Arts in the ‘Ville”

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association is seeking vendors for the May 6 “Arts om the ‘Ville” celebration of arts & crafts at Hamacher Hall.
The cost is $15 for a table (or outdoor space, as available, weather permitting).
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be provided for vendors.
“The Cultural Arts Center will be selling food items throughout the day, so no food vendors will be accepted,” said spokesperson Linda Seals. “This does not mean prepackaged items such as soup mixes, baking mixes, etc.”
“We have a new ramp to enter Hamacher Hall so loading and unloading should be easier,” she added.
To register for a table, or make inquiries contact Seals at 793-2322 or email