Crothersville History Month To Be Celebrated With Dinner At Hamacher Hall

April is Crothersville History Month and to celebrate an evening of history and dining is planned at Hamacher Hall this Saturday, April 22. Cost of the event is $15 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
This annual event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, and funds raised are used for improvements and maintenance of Hamacher Hall. Hamacher Hall is the former First Presbyterian Church, located at 111 West Howard Street. A ramp is available for handicapped access.
For more information or for reservations, call Linda at 812-521-3695.

Town Seeking Applicants For Housing Grant

Crothersville residents age 55 & older who own their own permanent home can apply for no cost improvements during the next round of state funding with Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, according to Victoria Dake of Administrative Resources association in Columbus.
Among the improvements which can be approved include electric upgrades, improvements to HVAC & plumbing, replace roofs, upgrade windows & doors, remove lead based paint.
Also home modifications to improve handicap accessibility can be included. Accessibility tamps, bathroom upgrades for safety, door widening for wheelchairs, kitchen modifications, and improved lighting are among the projects to help allow residents to age in place and remain in their homes.
The Owner-Occupied Rehab Aging in Place Project allows eligible entities to apply for grant funding to complete repairs on owner-occupied residential properties. Funding may be used to address conditions in a home that, if left unattended, would create an issue with the integrity of the home or become a detriment to the quality of life for the residents.
The fine print of the eligibility requirements include: single family home must be on a permanent foundation, homes being bought on contract are not eligible, homes must be insured, and the home must be in need of modifications or upgrades.
Income eligibility is $32,400 for 1 person, $37,000 for 2 persons, income eligibility increases with the number of household residents.
The deadline for applying for grant funding is May 5.
“The town intends to apply for the next round of grants in July but we must show a local need for the work in order to be considered,” said Dake. “Numbers are important.”
Applications are available at town hall or the Crothersville Senor Citizens.

Salem Man Killed Following Altercation, Shooting In Grassy Fork Township

A Salem man visiting his mother was shot and killed by the mother’s boyfriend in eastern Grassy Fork Township last Wednesday. April 5.
According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Carothers, deputies from his department were called to 8049 E 400 S just before 7 p.m. with the report of a man being shot.
When law enforcement arrived they found Dustin Robbins, 35, outside the singlewide mobile home with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Darrell Edward Stanton

Darrell Edward Stanton

Robbins was treated at the scene and then transported by Jackson County EMS to Schneck Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.
Authorities found Darrell Edward Stanton, 56, the believed shooter, inside the home and arrested him without incident.
According to Carothers, Robbins is the son of Stanton’s girlfriend, Vickie Hollandsworth, also a resident at the Grassy Fork residence. Carothers reported that Robbins and his wife, Angela, were visiting his mother when Stanton came home.
The sheriff reported that Stanton allegedly threatened Robbins and his wife with a shotgun. A struggle took place resulting in a head wound to Stanton and a shotgun blast to Robbins.
Stanton was booked on a preliminary charge of murder and is currently being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond pending an initial hearing, she sheriff said.
Sheriff’s deputies along with Crothersville & Brownstown Police, and Indiana State Police were on the scene.

Town Considers Water Tower Maintenance Plan

The community of Crothersville’s 300,000 gallon water tower is in need of maintenance both outside and in.
The high tank which provides water pressure to town water utility customers was originally constructed in 2002 and replaced the town’s original 55,000 gallon constructed in 1928.
“The town currently has a company that cleans the inside of the tank every five years, but interior maintenance requires more than just cleaning the inside,” water utility superintendent Chris Mains told the town council last Tuesday.
Mark Hansen of SUEZ North America attended the meeting to explain a water tank maintenance program his company provides.
“It should be obvious to everyone that the outside of the tank needs painting,” said Hansen. “ There is mildew on portion of the bottom of the tank. Paint is flaking and fading. There is graffiti on the tank legs.”
“But more importantly than an outside appearance is the quality of the interior of your tank holding your drinking water,” he said.
He provided the council with photos of the interior of the local tank showing paint peeling and weld joints beginning to rust.
“Your tank had good paint applied when it was built but now it is worn,” said Hansen.
Hansen said SUEZ North American is more than a tank cleaning & painting company. “We provide ongoing preventive maintenance of both the interior and exterior of your water tank,” he said.
“Cost estimates to just paint the exterior of the tank range from $150,000 to $170,000,” said Mains. “ They paint and they leave but SUEZ’s preventive maintenance plan offers more and with a warranty”
Hansen explained that SUEZ doesn’t clean and paint and walk away. The company performs maintenance but if there is need for a call back they make the needed repairs at no charge. “For as long as you are under our contract,” he said
Hansen said for Crothersville, the total tank maintenance program would cost $51,000 annually for the first five years and then $20,000 per year after that.
“Considering that the cost to replace our watertower is over $1.25 million, this plan will keep the current tower functioning for decades to come,” said Mains.
SUEZ has over 100 tanks under contract in Indiana, Hansen said, including water tanks in Medora and Vernon.
Brad Bender of FPBH of North Vernon, the town’s engineering firm, said, “ A preventive maintenance contract is the route that most communities are taking.”
“We have talked with three other communities and they have had nothing but good things to say about SUEZ,” said Mains.
“I like the fact that we know just what we will be paying each year,” said councilwoman Danieta Foster.
“I think this is something we need,” said council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson suggesting that the council place the matter on its May agenda for action.

Award Banquet Celebrates 60 Years Of Local FFA

online FFA Award

Founded in 1957, the Crothersville FFA Chapter celebrated their 60th year of membership in the National FFA organization during their annual Awards Banquet last Thursday, April 6, in the CHS Cafetorium.
Award winners include: (front) Rebekah Cook, STAR Greenhand Degree; Deven Lemen STAR Farmer Degree, 12th Grade Points Winner, and DeKalb Senior Award; Angie Keasler, Honorary Member; Angie Hoevener, Honorary Member; Brittany Ross, STAR in Agri Business and Most Improved High School FFA Member; Kalynda Hoevener STAR in Agri Placement.
Back: Ella Plasse, Most Improved Junior High FFA Member; Kennadi Lakins, 7th Grade Points Winner; Ean Hunt, 8th Grade Points Winner and STAR Discovery Degree; Briar Robinson, 9th Grade Points Winner; Noah Hoskins, 11th Grade Points Winner; Grace Monroe, 10th Grade Points Winner; Evin Hoevener, 6th Grade Points Winner.
~FFA Submitted Photo

Electronics Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Document Shredding This Saturday

There will be a special combination electronics recycling, household hazardous waste collection and document shredding for Jackson County residents from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15 at the Cummins 4th Street parking lot.
The event is being organized by the Jackson County Recycling District.
Acceptable electronics for recycling includes televisions, computers, printers, audio equipment, cell phones, etc.
Household hazardous waste includes residential cleaning and lawn chemicals, oil, oil-based paint, varnishes. Latex based paints are not permitted.
Personal documents, such as old bank records, financial forms, receipts and the like can be securely shredded for recycling during the event.
This special event is for Jackson County residents only. Participants should expect to show driver’s license or government issued ID to prove county residency.
For more information call the Jackson County Recycling District 812-358-4277