Property Tax Scam

Jackson County Treasurer Roger Hurt issued a warning to residents about a phone scam involving property tax refunds.
Hurt said his office received several complaints regarding calls where residents have been asked to provide bank account information so they could receive a refund.
“We do not do that,” he said. “If anyone calls you and says they’re representing the Jackson County treasurer’s office, auditor’s office or assessor’s office asking for any banking information, it is definitely not from us.”
All communication about property taxes is done by mail, Hurt said. He said he called the law enforcement, who are aware of the matter.
“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a courthouse official wanting your bank account, do not give it out, an immediately hang up,” advised Hurt. Then call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 812-358-2141.

Hamacher Hall Offers ‘An Evening In Italy’ This Friday

Hamacher Hall will be the site of ‘An Evening in Italy’, featuring an Italian theme in dinner and entertainment, this Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p. m. Cost is $15 per person.
The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, breadsticks, tossed salad, dessert and drinks.
Hamacher Hall is the former historic Presbyterian Church, located on Howard Street. The event is a fund raiser for the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, with funds being used for maintaining and improving the facilities at Hamacher Hall and the Annex building.
Reservations can be made by calling Linda Seals at 812-521-3695.

Methodist Church Observes 150 Years

Crothersville United Methodist Church, a landmark for the center of Crothersville, is observing its 150th anniversary this year.
The Crothersville Methodist Church was organized in September of 1868. The first pastor was Rev. E. T. Shepherd. The Rev. Brynen Chitwood is the church’s current pastor.
Before the present building was built meetings were held in a school building that stood on a lot on the corner of Howard and Armstrong Streets.
A special service and dinner was quietly held this past Sunday.

Local Songwriters To Be Featured In Free Concert

Five area musicians will be featured in a songwriter showcase at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. The event is being organized by Seymour’s Crossroads Acoustic Fest team.
The local singers, who will take turns performing original songs in a “round robin” format, are John Whitcomb, Eric O’Daffer, Colt Wienhorst, Franny Hall, and Dwight Hendrix, with Joe Persinger as host.
The show is open to all ages, and there will be no charge for admission; however, donations to help fund operation of the arts center will be accepted. Those attending may bring lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome. Plans are being made to have food trucks at the site. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors at nearby Chateau de Pique Winery.
Seymour native John Whitcomb, who lists alternative, rock, Christian, and blues as his musical genres, has been playing guitar in bands since his high school days. After graduation he played the “honky tonk” circuit for several years and then studied at a guitar institute in California before joining a band in Nashville, Tenn. He eventually returned to Indiana where he has played in a pit band for Broadway musicals, is a member of the popular band Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis, and directs music at St. Paul Methodist Church in Bloomington. His new CD is entitled “Arabelle” and is available on iTunes.
Eric O’Daffer is well known in the area as half of the dynamic oldies duo, Past Tense, with Steve Langlais. They appear frequently at Harmony Park and at Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, Seymour, and the 19th Hole in Brown County as well as a number of other area venues. O’Daffer’s recently released CD, entitled “Bricks,” features 13 of his original songs. He cites influences such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and The Mavericks.
Colt Wienhorst writes and sings traditional country music and says he was influenced by such artists as Merle Haggard and George Jones. He recently released a CD featuring nine tracks — eight written by Wienhorst and one by another writer. Some titles include “That One Regret,” “Poor Man’s Ways,” and “You Made Your Bed.” He has performed at the Jackson County Fair, at the Thirsty Sportsman in Crothersville, Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, and festivals in Crothersville and Scottsburg.
Franny Hall has performed at venues across the region, including Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis and received regional exposure as opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. She also has been featured in a songwriter showcase at the famous Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn. She recorded an album of original songs entitled “Take You Home” and is planning to record new material in the near future. Her musical influences have included Carol King, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Carly Simon, to name a few.
Growing up in the 1960’s, Dwight Hendrix was influenced by protest songs, folk and country music, James Taylor and John Denver, and harmonizing performers such as the Eagles and Zac Brown Band. He has spent the past 20 years singing, writing, and playing on praise teams and playing Christian music in prisons and for recovery groups around the state. “When I write, I try to tell a story,” Hendrix said. “I’ve found three chords and the absolute truth can be very freeing.”
Joe Persinger began playing guitar and singing during the folk music craze of the early 1960’s and has been influenced by artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine. He has produced four CD’s— “Someone Like You” (which has been reissued as “All the Best”), “He’s Knockin’ at the Door,” “Train Town,” and “Dreams Go By,” which was released earlier this summer. He performs regularly at Brown County’s Story Inn, at Harmony Park in Seymour, and other area venues.

Town To Seek Another State Community Cross Roads Grant

Up To 12 More Streets Could Be Paved in 2019

Having just completed a $335,428 grant which resurfaced 14 streets in Crothersville the town council decided at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting to seek second year funding to pave more local streets.
The rules are the same as the previous grant: the town must contribute 25% of the requested funds. The town intends to contribute all of its local street funds allotted for 2019. The sticking point is that the town just began its budget process and the amount available for next year’s paving is not yet known.
“For every dollar you put toward this grant you can receive three additional dollars,” said town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH. “You can take the money you usually spend on street paving and resurface four times as much.”
Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey said that she though the town could put up to $80,000 as a local match. That would mean the town could apply for $320,000 from the Community Crossroads grant.
“That amount of money will go a long way with paving more Crothersville Streets,” commented council president Danieta Foster.
However, time is of the essence. Bender said he has put together a list of streets but the final submission needs to be soon.
Among the streets to be preliminarily considered for milling, repair and resurfacing include:
•Industrial Way from US 31 west to the new extension.
•Howard Street from Bethany Road to Park Ave.
•Main Street Circle
•Pennsylvania Ave. from Walnut Street north to the corporate limits.
•Howard Street from Dismore to Preston.
•Moore Street from US 31 to Preston St.
•Moore Street from Preston east to the corporate limits.
•Main Street from the Railroad to US 31.
•Walnut Street from Kovener St. to Seymour Road.
•Preston Street from Moore to Coleman.
•Coleman from Preston St. to Seymour road.
•Seymour Road from Howard St. to Walnut St.
The engineer’s preliminary estimate for that work is just over $316,000.
Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson questioned whether Main Street Circle, which was recently accepted into the town street system, should be resurfaced. “Should we look at paving Walnut Street east of Preston? It’s just a gravel road and could be a connector for East & West Street residents going north on US 31 to work.”
However, the town engineer said “Bare gravel doesn’t score well for this grant. Main Street Circle has a base and is beginning to get rugged.
Bender added, “Economic activity and connectivity are two points the state scores highly” in considering grants for approval.
Timing is going to be critical, Bender said, suggesting a special meeting later this month to nail down the streets to be included in the grant request in order to meet the early October grant application deadline.

Parole Visit Puts Two Behind Bars In Scott County

Last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, Indiana State Police Troopers and agents from the Indiana State Parole Commission, performed a routine visit at a residence at 251 South Lake Road North, Lot #32, in Scottsburg. A parolee of the Indiana Department of Corrections was living at the residence.
During the visit authorities charged Timothy Ebertshauser, 27, of Scottsburg, with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe.
The resident of the mobile home, Robert Campbell, 42, of Scottsburg was arrested on a parole violation after officers located drug paraphernalia at his residence. In Scott Circuit Court he faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.