The Greater Crothersville Community Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, May 5, according to Curt Kovener, editor of the Crothersville Times, an organizer of the semi-annual event.
“Anyone who considers themselves a part of the Greater Crothersville area is welcome to join in and hold a yard or garage sale that day,” said Kovener.
Unlike previous sales, each vendor will have their sale location placed on the Town of Crothersville Facebook page for the world to see.
To have your yard sale promoted on Facebook, call or text Town Council President Danieta Foster at 812-390-8217.
An aging lift station and sewer lines along Seymour Road, Walnut Street and Collman Avenue on Crothersville’s northside will be replaced as a result $550,000 state grant.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs made the announcement last Thursday that more than $11 million in federal grant funding is being awarded to 21 rural Hoosier communities.
“Through these grants, local governments are able to enhance their quality of life for their citizens and encourage more growth opportunities,” Crouch said.
The $550,000 grant will allow for the replacement of an aged sewer pumping station on Seymour Road which was believed to be installed in the mid-1960’s, installation of 650’ of 4” force sewer line, and installation of 650’ of storm sewer lines in the area.
Town Engineer Brad Bender of FPBH said that his firm’s testing of the area determined that most of the issues with flooding the lift station is not so much related to combined sewers but with storm water overtopping the sanitary sewer manholes.
“This grant will allow us to divert the surface water away from the sanitary system,” said Bender. “And that should help the town continue with its CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) compliance with IDEM.”
He said the design is to install eight storm water inlets along the proposed new storm sewer line to divert water from the sanitary sewer. “This will help alleviate the surge of water going into the sanitary sewer to be treated during heavy rains,” said Bender.
Much of the work would be constructed within the existing right of way along Seymour Road between Walnut and Coleman Streets.
The work would be quite intensive in the area as new storm water and sanitary sewer lines would need be installed and water lines, laterals, and possibly other utilities would need to be moved.
The grant requires a $144,272 local match by the town.
In celebration of Crothersville History Month, there will be a fundraiser at Hamacher Hall on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m., featuring a dinner and musical entertainment.
Following dinner, Larry Wayt, a folk singer who plays simple acoustic music and sings songs of the cowboys, the Civil War, Appalachia, gospel, railroad, and is a teller of tales. He remembers sitting on his grandparents’ porch where evenings were often filled with telling stories and singing songs. Wayt, who is a Freetown native now living in Richmond, performs at events throughout the tri-state area.
On the dinner menu will be chicken breast, peas, parslied potatoes, biscuits, and pie. The cost is $15 per person and reservations will be needed for this event.
This is an event everyone is sure to enjoy. For reservations, call Linda Seals at 812-521-3695, or Brenda Holzworth at 812-793-2760.
This event is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association, which promotes understanding of and participation in local history and cultural arts for area residents. Contributions are welcome and are tax-deductible. Funds raised are used for maintenance and improvements to the buildings. Hamacher Hall has a ramp for handicapped access.
Crothersville Boy Scout Troop 522 will be serving an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, April 14, from 8:30-noon at the Crothersville Fire Station.
Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Price includes pancakes, syrup, and drink. Breakfast meat can be purchased as well.
Proceeds will be used to send local scouts to summer camp.
The annual property tax bills will begin being delivered to Jackson County taxpayers this week and there are some changes. Some tax amounts may be higher, some may be lower, some may be the same depending on a variety of factors, officials said.
“If your taxes are higher it may be because of a higher assessment, a higher tax rate, or a higher or lower tax credit,” said county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter.
In a press release sent out jointly by Hohenstreiter, County Treasurer Roger Hurt, and County Assessor Katie Kaufman, the three administrators of local property tax explained why your tax bill may be different this year.
“Prior to this year, the majority of tax credits were given to properties with Homestead Exemptions,” said the auditor. That would be on homes in which the owners live.
“This year the credits are now being more evenly distributed,” she said.
Hurt explained that last year owner occupied property received 31.9953% credit, agricultural land and non-owner occupied dwellings received a 6.7104% credit and personal property and farm buildings got a 3.4784% credit.
For the current taxpaying year, homeowners will receive a smaller credit or deduction (15.2878%) which means the property taxes homeowners pay may be higher than last year.
Owners of farm ground and landlords could be paying less because their credit increased from about 6.7% to 14.1662%.
And industries and individuals with personal property as well as owners of farm buildings could see a decrease in their tax bill as a result of an increase in tax credit from just over 3.4% to 6.7414%.
“The credit amount can be found on the Comparison Statement which is mailed with the tax bill. At the top of the page there is a Special Message To Taxpayers,” said Hurt.
Kaufman said that Form 11’s, the new notice of assessment, were mailed to all Jackson County real estate owners on March 30. “These will explain if your assessment on land, structures and total assessment went up or down from your previous assessment,” she said.
Taxpayers have the right to appeal their new assessed value but must do so by May 15.
Because the county treasurer’s office will be busy collecting taxes, property owners with questions about their assessment should call the assessor at 812-358-6111. Questions about a tax rate increase, tax credit increase or decrease, and property tax exemptions should be addressed by the auditor’s office at 812-358-6161.
The spring installment of property taxes is due May 10.
One In 10 Of Us May Suffer From Severe Weather Phobia
One in 10 Americans may suffer from severe weather phobia that causes them to lose sleep or have feelings of helplessness, says a researcher at Ball State University.
“Severe weather phobia is very real,” says Jill Coleman, a Ball State geography professor and lead author on the study, which was recently published in the American Meteorological Society Journal. “Some people will get physically ill or lose sleep while others will start watching weather forecasts on a more regular basis.
“Weathering the Storm: Revisiting Severe Weather Phobia” surveyed about 300 people in 43 states. About 85 percent of respondents reported having at least some degree of severe-weather fear while 46.1 percent describing their fear level as “a little bit.” About 10 percent of participants classified themselves as having an overall fear level as both “extreme” and “quite a bit” categories, possibly indicating severe-weather phobia.
Three percent of respondents reported seeking professional or self-help treatment for severe-weather phobia or specific inclement weather events.
“Overall, we found that people simply love to talk about the weather,” Coleman says In the West, it’s about high winds and wildfires, and here in the Midwest it’s all about tornados, thunderstorms and blizzards. On the East Coast, people are more likely to talk about hurricanes than regular thunderstorms.”
The study found:
•About 99 percent of all respondents had experienced some form of severe weather with the most common event being thunderstorms (90.9 percent) and high winds (90.3 percent) followed by heavy snow and freezing rain (80 percent each).
•80.5 percent of respondents do not suffer from severe weather phobia, 4.7 percent believe they do and the remainder is not sure.
•When it comes to severe weather, respondents reported feelings of anxiety (72 percent), increasing heart pounding (62.9 percent), changing schedules (60.8 percent) and feelings of helplessness (60.4 percent).
•Participants who reported taking a weather-related course also admitted experiencing more anxiety symptoms and behaviors.
The study also found that 11.7 percent of participants reported they know someone who surfers from severe-weather phobia.
“My father lives in Kansas and the second he hears about tornados, he’ll change his schedule to avoid being on the road and then start watching television reports more intensely,” Coleman said. “Our research indicates that we actually may be able to see such phobias in others but have difficulty in seeing them in ourselves.”
She also believes the study lays the groundwork for a better understanding of severe weather phobia phenomena as well as the role that weather knowledge and anxiety plays in the minds of individuals across the country.
“These results could provide useful information for weather forecasters and media groups in terms of how often people monitor media during severe weather events,” Coleman said. “When not debilitating, some fear can be a substantial motivator to encourage individuals to take action against the threat, such as seeking shelter.”