ATV/UTV’s Get Green Light To Run On Scottsburg Streets

With some restrictions, All Terrain Vehicles (2-passenger 4-wheelers) and Utility Vehicles (side-by-side passenger utility vehicles such as a John Deere Gator) can now operate legally on the streets of Scottsburg following unanimous approval of Ordinance 2018-10 by the Scottsburg Common Council earlier this month.
To legally operate on the city streets, vehicles must be operated by a driver at least 18 years old who possesses a valid drivers license, must have working headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and rearview mirror.
Additionally, vehicles must display the traditional triangle shaped farm Slow Moving Vehicle emblem on the rear or have an orange pennant or flag at least 12” by no more than 10’ affixed to a staff or pole on the vehicle at least 4’ but not more than 10’ in length.
Before they can legally be operated, off road vehicles must be registered and inspected annually with the Scottsburg City Police Department or of before Oct. 1. Registration fee is $25 per year.
Off road vehicles cannot be legally operated on city streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Operators will need to show proof of liability insurance on the vehicle.
Off Road Vehicles can be operated on all Scottsburg streets with some exceptions. They can cross but not drive on US 31 and State Road 56. Additionally, they cannot be operated on the Scottsburg Multi-Use Trail, any property of Scott County School district 2, and sidewalks, or any unpaved surfaces of public property.
Vehicles must follow the rules of the road for safe operation and violators are subject to fines ranging from $50-$100 per offense and impoundment of the vehicle by police.
The ordinance, passed Aug. 6, became effective with the publication of the ordinance in the Times. The full ordinance is found on page 5 of this week’s print issue and in the Public Notice Section of this week’s online edition.

The Hoosier Wanderer Goes To Bardstown

History, Hospitality, Bourbon Draw Visitors To Bardstown

by Joseph F. Persinger

An occasional travelogue of area day-trips

Let’s wander father afield, heading south on Interstate 65, across the Ohio River, beyond Louisville to Exit 112, which leads to Bardstown, Ky.— from Jackson & Scott County a drive of only an hour and a half.
Named “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in 2012, Bardstown appeals to tourists for a variety of reasons.
First settled in 1790, when the hilly, wooded area was still a part of Virginia, it’s the second oldest city in Kentucky. The historic district consists of 26 blocks with a total of 279 properties. Over one-third of the buildings are of Federal or Georgian architectural style dating from the 1780s to 1850s.
Bardstown is home to the Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre, which displays artifacts from both the Union and the Confederacy. Women of the Civil War Museum tells the stories of women as nurses, spies, soldiers in disguise, plantation and factory workers during the conflict. Old Bardstown Village is a recreation of a 1790s settlement representative of the first westward movement. The General Hal Moore Military Museum is dedicated to Bardstown native Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, a hero of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Local artifacts also are displayed in the Bardstown-Nelson County Historical Museum.
Federal Hill, a mansion built in 1812, inspired composer Stephen Foster to write “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is now Kentucky’s state song. Visitors may tour the home, located in My Old Kentucky Home State Park.
The park also hosts “The Stephen Foster Story,” an outdoor musical drama featuring songs of the prolific composer. The story focuses on Foster’s early life as he struggled to gain recognition for his music while also trying to win the hand of the lovely Jane, the inspiration for “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair.” The production features a large chorus of men, women and children in colorful period costumes and is performed numerous times during the summer months.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is located in nearby Hodgenville, and there are several other museums and memorials in the area dedicated to the 16th President.
As these are just a few highlights, it’s easy to see why history buffs are so attracted to Bardstown.
Whether you’re interested in railroads, a “foodie,” or just looking for a romantic evening out, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train may be the answer. Passengers enjoy a gourmet meal of their choice prepared and served on board restored 1940s dining cars. The two-hour round trip excursion provides passing views of the Jim Beam Distillery, the outlaw Jesse James’ safe house, and the Jackson Hollow Trestle in the Bernheim Forest.
The Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven offers a 22-mile excursion through the Rolling Fork River Valley.
Kentucky’s recent “bourbon boom” is another reason tourists flock to the area. Whiskey has been made there since the 1700s, but the explosion in bourbon sales in the past decade has prompted most of the major distilleries to invest in multi-million-dollar “welcome centers” and tasting rooms, where visitors can learn about how bourbon is made, tour the distillery, and wind up in a tasting room to sample some of the products. These new showcases usually include gifts shops, offering bourbon-themed hats, tee-shirts, cigars, chocolates, glassware and many other items, and some have a restaurant on the property.
Some familiar bourbon names in the area include Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, and Barton, and there are several newer distilleries also welcoming visitors.
The bourbon theme carries over into some of the gift shops in downtown Bardstown and many of the restaurants, which advertise “bourbon-inspired Southern dishes.” Mammy’s Kitchen, for example, offers “Southern favorites and more than 150 bourbons.”
If, like the Wanderer, you’re not that interested in whiskey, you may prefer a visit to one of the area wineries. Chuckleberry Farm and Winery and McIntyre’s Winery and Berries both specialize in sweet fruit wines. Springhill Winery, in nearby Bloomfield, offers dry white and red wines as well as some sweeter varieties — and yes, a Cabernet Sauvignon aged for a time in a charred bourbon barrel.
No visit to Bardstown would be complete without lunch or dinner at the Old Talbot Tavern. Housed in a stone building constructed in 1779 on the courthouse square, the tavern and inn served as a stop on the stagecoach line. Abraham Lincoln’s family spent a night there when the future President was about five years old. Other famous and infamous guests have included composer Stephen Foster, Jesse James, and Gen. George S. Patton.
Five of the original rooms are still available for guests, along with additional lodging in a newer building next door.
There are several bed-and-breakfast establishments in Bardstown, and a number of national motel chains are represented. Camping is an option at My Old Kentucky Home State Park and at least two private campgrounds.
Because this brief account can provide only a few highlights of Bardstown as a tourist destination, you may want to find out more on your own. If you go to or call 800-638-4877, the visitor center staff will mail you a handy guidebook.

75 Parcels On Scott County Delinquent Property Tax Sale List

According to a public notice ad, beginning on page 3 of the print edition of the Times as well as in the Public Notices section of this online edition, there are 75 parcels of property with delinquent taxes that could be sold at an auction at the Scott County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at 10 a.m.
Real estate on which property taxes have not been paid for 18 months are eligible to be offered for sale by the county for back taxes.
During the October auction, properties will be offered for late taxes and auction fees with a minimum beginning bid.
After the auction, the property owners have up to a year to ‘redeem’ or pay the successful bidder for his bid plus interest.
In the first six months, to redeem a property an owner must pay 10% of the minimum bid and 5% per annum for any bid amount over the minimum bid. After six months, the interest goes to 15%.
In this day of less than 1% savings accounts and 3% CD’s, many investors participate in tax sales as a way to earn better returns on their money.
Residents interested in bidding on the tax sale should register online at
Bidders should arrive the morning of the tax sale at least 30 minutes before the beginning time to be assured to receive a bid number before the start of the sale.
Bidders should bring their registration form and W-9 form with them the morning of the tax sale. These forms can be printed from the registration web site, according to Scott County Auditor Tammy Johnson.
Residents with property on the delinquent property tax list have until the day of the auction to pay the back taxes and have the property removed from the auction’s sale list.

Deputy Assisting A Disabled Vehicle Results In Drug Arrests

A Scott County Deputy assisting a motorist with a flat tire resulted in the three occupants of the vehicle going to jail.
On August 17, 2018, Deputy Joe Baker responded to the 27-mile marker of the southbound lane I-65 to assist a disabled vehicle.
When the deputy arrived, James Byers and Gregory Leonard were outside of the vehicle attempting to change a tire. The officer talked with vehicle owner, James Byers, to see how he could assist and noticed the license plates on the vehicle were expired. When the deputy checked to confirm the expired plate to the vehicle owner it confirmed that Byers had an active warrant out of Clark County for drug related charges.
Deputy Baker observed a female, Toni Knudson, as a passenger inside the vehicle.
Criminal activity being suspected, Baker requested a K-9 unit. K-9 Officer Cyrus, was deployed by his handler, Joshua Watterson, to do an exterior search of the vehicle. The trained dog was able to show a positive indication for the possible presence of a narcotic substance near the trunk, passenger, and driver’s side door.
A syringe loaded with the presence of a clear substance was located in the trunk of the vehicle. Multiple syringes were then found on the interior of the vehicle.
Additionally, Toni Knudson attempted to discard a flashlight during the investigation and Baker discovered two $100 counterfeit bills located inside of the flashlight.
Gregory Leonard. 44, of Clifford and Toni Knudson, 39, of Seymour were taken into custody.
A search of Leonard at the scene revealed 1.5 grams of a methamphetamine in Leonard’s possession.
During the book-in process, Toni Knudson was searched and 15 grams of methamphetamine and two syringes were found in her possession.
Leonard was booked into jail charged with possession of methamphetamine, visiting common nuisance.
Knudson faces charges of possession of syringe, visiting a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession controlled substance, forgery, counterfeiting, possession of drug paraphernalia.
Byers was turned over to Clark County law enforcement at the scene.

Four Facing Drug Charges In Crothersville

Seeking a Crothersville resident on an outstanding court warrant led police to incarcerate four people in Jackson County Jail on drug charges last Thursday.
Officers sought Herman Curtis Eldridge, 48, for failure to appear in court on another charge. When they located him, he was in the company of Sabrina Leslie Jensen, 41 of Crothersville, authorities reported. Police noticed drug paraphernalia and subsequently discovered methamphetamine.
Authorities’ questioning of the pair led them to the West Walnut Street residence of Gary Martin Rutherford, 49, who was arrested on a number of drug charges.
Also arrested was Jeremy Todd Stacy, 26, of Crothersville on drug and paraphernalia charges.
Crothersville Police and Indiana State Police cooperated in the arrests.
•Sabrina Leslie Jensen faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Herman Curtis Eldridge was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and failure to appear in court.
•Jeremy Todd Stacy faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Gary Martin Rutherford was charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.