Growth At Schneck Medical Prompts Need For Additional Hospital Volunteers

When patients go to Schneck Medical Center for medical care, they get a little extra care thanks to an army of volunteers who happily donate their time to make each patient’s experience as positive as it can be.
“At Schneck, our Guild Volunteers are partners in the patient experience and dedicate their time to offer Schneck patients, visitors, and staff a helping hand wherever needed,” says Amy Cockerham, volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers provide that little extra special touch that allows Schneck to provide an exceptional customer experience.”
Volunteers serve in various areas of the hospital including the gift shop, admitting and information desks, and various hospital departments. They also transport patients, deliver patient and interdepartmental mail and patient flowers.
Due to the growth at Schneck, the medical center needs more people willing to donate their time. Volunteers are asked to work one four-hour shift per week, but can work more if they would like. Opportunities currently available include:
•Volunteer Workroom Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. to noon. Duties include discharging patients, delivering newspapers, collecting mail, and delivering flowers.
•Cancer Center Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Duties include providing patients with snacks, beverages, warm blankets, and magazines, stocking supplies, sanitizing chemotherapy chairs and wheelchairs, and visiting with patients and families.
•Courtesy Shuttle Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m. Duties include driving passengers including patients, visitors, and staff to their needed destination on Schneck’s main campus.
•Surgery Waiting Mondays noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 4:00 p.m., every other Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays noon to 4:00 p.m., and Thursdays noon to 4:00 p.m. Duties include checking in surgery patients, communicating with family members, and assisting with cleaning patient rooms.
For more information on the volunteer opportunities at Schneck Medical Center, please call Amy Cockerham, Volunteer Coordinator, at 812-522-0439.

Toxicology Report: 8-Year Old Died After Ingesting Methamphetamine

A toxicology report released Thursday revealed an 8-year-old Seymour boy had 180 times the lethal limit of methamphetamine in his bloodstream when he died June 21, police said.
That report showed Curtis Collman III had 18,000 nanograms of methamphetamine in his bloodstream. A lethal amount is 100 nanograms.
It is unclear how much methamphetamine the younger Collman consumed at his father’s Seymour home as the toxicology report does not show that amount.


The boy, who would have been a third grader at Crothersville Elementary this year, died at Schneck Medical Center after police were called to his grandparents’ home. The boy had been in the care of his father, Curtis Collman II, who had custody.
Police said the boy had spent the night of June 20 with his father. The boy ingested the methamphetamine, police said, and became ill sometime on the morning of June 21. His father later took the boy to his grandparents’ home, and at some point, he became unresponsive.
Collman never sought medical treatment for his son and tried to prevent others from calling 911 to help him, according to court documents. A family friend eventually made the 911 call.
The 41-year-old was charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, a Level 1 felony punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison.
Collman is scheduled to stand trial on that charge Dec. 4 in Jackson Circuit Court. He also will face charges of pointing a firearm, intimidation, possession of methamphetamine, failure to register as a sex offender and theft. On Friday Judge Richard Poynter denied Collman’s request for bond reduction.

Monarchs Making Comeback

Scientists estimate the total population of Monarch butterflies has decreased by as much as 90 percent in the last 20 years due to loss of food sources, climate change, and destruction of habitat. This one was photographed drawing nectar from a zinnia in a Jackson County flower garden last week. Another orange butterfly, the Viceroy, which is seen locally, closely resembles the Monarch, but has a horizontal black line that runs in a semicircle across its lower wings. The Monarch does not have that marking.
~photo by Joseph F. Persinger

Foundation Scholarships Target Vo-Tech Training

Four scholarships offered through funds at the Community Foundation of Jackson County aim to help graduating seniors further their education through vocational and technical education programs.
The Foundation at times has trouble finding applicants for the scholarships, which are available to graduating seniors from area high schools, said Vice President Sue Smith, who oversees much of the organization’s scholarship work. This year’s application deadline is Aug. 22.
“We don’t know if students planning to attend vocational and technical training think there are no scholarships to assist them or what, but there are funds available to help them and their parents with their educational costs,” Smith added.
Those nontraditional scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors include:
The Jackson County Community Endowment was established in April 2007 by the Community Foundation of Jackson County.  The primary purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships for college, advanced or technical training to a graduating senior from an accredited secondary school in Jackson County.  Preference targets students who have a demonstrated financial need and a grade point average below 3.5.
The Jasper N. Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established in January 2002 by the trustees of the Jasper N. Thompson Testamentary Trust.  The primary purpose of the Fund is to provide a scholarship for advanced vocational or technical training to a graduating senior of any Jackson County high school.  Preference is afforded to students who have a demonstrated financial need and a grade point average below 3.5.
 The Walter & Cora Schlehuser-Clark & Ruth Thompson Scholarship was established in July 2010 by the Jeff Thompson family.  This scholarship is available to students who plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree in a vocational or technical program.  Preference is given to Hamilton Township residents graduating from high school although any Jackson County high school senior may apply.
 The Medora High School/Gossman Scholarship was established in September 2004 by George Gossman, the State Bank of Medora and Medora High School Alumni.  This non-endowed fund provides a scholarship or scholarships for two- or four-year advanced vocational or technical training to a graduating senior of Medora High School.
“These scholarship funds have been established to help area residents continue their education with the understanding that doing so doesn’t always mean attending a four-year college and earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis. “These funds can help a graduating senior reach their occupational goal.”
To apply for the scholarships, a student must complete the common scholarship application for the Community Foundation of Jackson County. The application can be found online at The deadline to apply is Aug. 22 for scholarships to be awarded next spring to graduating seniors in the Class of 2019.
For information, call the Foundation at 812-523-4483 or send an email to Information may be found on the Foundation’s website at or on its Facebook page.


Scott Lodge Cooking Supper This Saturday

Scott Lodge #120 will be hosting a tenderloin & fish dinner this Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4-11 p.m.
The dinner includes choice of tenderloin or fish sandwich, slaw, french fries, dessert and drink for $8 per meal.
Scott Lodge is located on US 31 in Austin just north of the Dairy Queen.