Climatologist: La Niña Could Bring Slightly Cooler Temperatures, Wetter Winter

Depending on the severity of La Niña, most of Indiana could be in store for a slightly cooler and wetter winter, says Petra Zimmermann, who teaches climatology at Ball State and faculty director of the university’s meteorology and climatology laboratory.
La Niña is defined as cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific that impact global weather patterns, she said.
Recent readings of the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) and Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) indicate the Pacific Ocean moving into a La Nina event. A La Niña generally sends the polar front jet stream into a wavier pattern, with dips and valleys called ridges and troughs. This affects tracks of storms and whether or not cold Canadian air plunges toward the equator.
“The response in Indiana should be more muted than in some other parts of the nation,” Zimmermann said. “Generally, one can expect slightly cooler and wetter winter conditions, but again, that depends on the severity of the La Nina. Assuming a mild or moderate La Niña, I predict low-to-medium chances of slightly cooler temperatures, particularly for the northern two-thirds of the state. However, given Indiana’s fickle response to La Niña in the past, there’s a reasonable chance that temperatures could be average or even somewhat above average.”
Slightly above-average precipitation is possible for December through February, she said.
“Should the cooler temperatures pan out, much of this could fall as snow,” Zimmermann said. “The southern half of Indiana will even be more likely to see increased precipitation, though the somewhat warmer conditions farther south might yield more rain or possibly even more ice events.”

CHS Class of ’47 Meets For 70th Anniversary

Members of the Crothersville High School Class of 1947 met Saturday, Oct. 14, for their 70th anniversary with a dinner at Bonanza in Seymour.
The class first met for their 40th anniversary in 1987, and with few exceptions, have been meeting every year since.
Thos attending included Dr. Joe & Caroline Butler, John & Sally Montgomery all of Crothersville; Lawrence & Vera Monroe of Seymour; Ruth Ann Brooks of Delphi.
Unable to attend were classmates Richard Murphy, Jean Hoevener, and Wanda Fleenor.

Scouts Improve Community Spaces

Cub Scouts, leaders, and parents of Cub Scout Pack 522 of Crothersville weeded, mulched, and pruned several trees in Bard Street Park and at Hammacher Hall Saturday, Oct. 14, as a part of their civic responsibility and service to their community.
~photo by Steve Plasse

County Hopes To Recoup Over $305,000 During Next Week’s Delinquent Property Tax Sale

Jackson County will conduct a tax sale next Friday, October 27, for delinquent real properties that have taxes and special assessments due from the prior year’s spring installment.
In Indiana, the county treasurer and auditor are required to sell tax liens on delinquent properties. Jackson County will offer these tax sale certificates at a public auction for a minimum bid that is not less than the total amount due in delinquent taxes, costs, special assessments and penalties.
“The purpose of the tax sale is to offer these delinquent properties to collect back taxes to help fund local government services,” explained County Auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter.
Roger Hurt, Jackson County Treasurer, said, “There are currently 89 properties available for the tax sale totaling $305,312.51 in delinquencies.”
Jackson County has contracted with SRI, Inc., an Indianapolis-based company, founded in 1989, that conducts tax sales, commissioners’ certificate sales, deed sales and sheriff sales for over 150 counties in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Louisiana and Iowa.
Persons interested in registering and bidding at the Jackson County Tax Sale should visit the SRI, Inc. website at www.sriservices.com and read the information provided regarding tax sales.

Haunted Trails & Glow Walk Coming To Countryside Park

Crothersville Parks will again be hosting Haunted Trails and Glow Walk on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 27 & 28 at the Countryside Park.
“We had an amazing turn out last year and hope to see the same this year,” said Parks Board president Ron Foster. “We have a lot of help from some very creative minds. This year is shaping up to be something I would have never imagined possible.”
The event will run each evening from 8 p.m. to midnight or until everyone gets through the trails.
Foster said the Haunted Trails, which is a free event, is going to be even bigger than last year. “We have something to scare everyone. The props are awesomely creepy and the actors are ready to bring them to life.”
There will be a Glow Walk for those who aren’t quite up to the fright of Haunted Trails. There will be candy stations for the kids on the Glow Walk and free glow necklaces.
Residents who want to get involved can bring their vehicle and candy to the park for Trunk or Treat to distribute candy to youngsters.
And exclusive first for the Halloween weekend celebration will be showing of the movie ‘Gnawbone’, written and directed by Crothersville natives Darrin Means and James Thompson, on both nights.
Residents should bring more than their sweet tooth to the park as the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Dept will be selling fish sandwiches and chili.
“If you came out to the park last year and had a good time, this year will be even better, no one will be disappointed,” Foster said.
Anyone who is interested in helping can message the Parks Board on their Facebook page, Crothersville Community Park, or show up at next Monday’s special meeting on October 23, at 6 pm at Country Side Park to volunteer and join in the community fun.
The Country Side Park is located on County Road 1000 E west of town and just north of Crothersville Cemetery.

Two New Pastors To Lead Bethany Baptist Church

Bethany Baptist Church will hold a celebration to welcome their new pastors at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 22.
There will be a chili supper and, weather permitting, a hayride following.
Crothersville native the Rev Troy Burns attended Bethany at a young age. After serving in the National Guard, 2002-2008, he attended God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati. He has acquired his Associates Degree in Bible and Theology and BA in Ministerial Education.
He and his wife, Trish, are the parents of a son, William and a daughter Kathryn.
They are excited about being ‘Home’ at Bethany and invite everyone to come join in the fun, food and fellowship and getting to know them.
Michael Payne is the church’s new youth pastor. He is a 1979 graduate of Austin High School, a 1983 graduate of IU with a BS in Business Administration. In 2013 he was a graduate of CLI Franklin College. He married Melissa Kallembach Payne in November 2009.
They are looking forward into leading the Youth and the Ministry at Bethany.
The public is cordially invited to join in the celebration.