Monday’s Jackson County Tax Sale List Pared Down To 77

Properties with taxes delinquent more than 18 months in Jackson County have been reduced to 77 for Monday’s Tax Sale, according to Jackson County Treasurer Roger Hurt.
“We originally advertised 129 properties in September but property owners have been coming in to pay back taxes keeping their property from being auctioned by the county,” Hurt said.
He added that the number of properties that actually will be a part of Monday’s sale could be reduced further.
“We will be accepting the amount due before the sale to remove the parcel from the actual sale by 4:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 19,” he said.
Currently the 77 properties have a total of $401,465.70 in delinquent taxes and fees owed, the treasurer said.
SRI will again be conducting the sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 and the list provided on the web site at www.sri-taxsale.com is updated daily for review, he advised.
“This year the Tax Sale will be held during the Early Voting process in the Court House lobby and we advise that those attending to be observant and respectful to those bidding,” Hurt said.

Communities Set Trick Or Treat Times

Crothersville and Austin will all observe trick or treat hours from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Youngsters in Scottsburg will get an extra half hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m., to collect treats on Halloween.
There will be extra police patrolling the street that evening.
For safety, residents who welcome costumed youngsters are asked to illuminate their front porch light. Parents should accompany their children and instruct them to only visit home with a front porch light lit.

Scott Memorial Hospital Hosts Annual Women’s Health Event Monday

Scott and Jackson County women are invited to be a part of Women’s Health Night at Scott Memorial Hospital next Monday, Oct. 22, from 6-8 p.m. This popular annual event celebrates you, your mom, your daughter, your friend and all women in your life, said spokeswoman Hope White.
Women’s Health Night features free health screenings, guest speakers, interactive displays and door prizes. Information will be available on a number of women’s health topics including sleep apnea, diabetes, nutrition, weight loss, osteoporosis, obstetrics and gynecology, cancer, stroke, heart disease and stress management. The first 150 attendees will receive a goody bag and one attendee will win a grand prize. Light refreshments will be served.
Nancy Hanna, PA, Just for Women will discuss osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and treatments.
Health Screenings include:
•Blood Pressure
•Blood Sugar
•Body Composition Analysis
•Skin Screening offered by Norton’s
•Bone Density Screening by Norton’s
For more information about the event, please contact Hope White at 812-752-8506.

Fun & Fitness Now At Crothersville’s Bard Street Park

A $10,000 grant through Purdue University provided new playground equipment geared toward physical fitness and preventing obesity. The Crothersville Parks Board and volunteers recently completed the installation of the fun through fitness playground at the Bard Street Park on the east side of town.

When residents visit the Bard Street Park they will now find more than just a large field of grass and a shelterhouse. This past summer, in addition to traditional playground equipment, the Crothersville Parks Board has installed outdoor fitness equipment as well.
Earlier this year, the local Parks Board was approved for a $10,000 grant, provided by Purdue University through the Center for Disease Control, according to Parks Board President Ron Foster.
Equipment started arriving over the summer and park volunteers began its installation.
In additional to swings, monkey bars, and merry-go-round, also included at the Bard Street Park are a wave slide, a swing for special needs children, chin up bars, a rowing machine, a stepper/bike station, and a double chest press along with an informational sign with instructions on how to use the physical fitness equipment.
“The exercise equipment is geared toward those 13 years of age & older,”said Foster.
Mulch will be added around all equipment in Bard Street Park in the near future, he added.
“The Crothersville Parks Board is extremely thankful to Purdue and the CDC for allowing us to make these additions to Bard Street Park,” said Foster. “And what a great addition to our community.”
Foster expressed his thanks to community members who volunteered with the equipment installation.
“We hope that these new additions bring even more people out to use the parks in Crothersville,” he added.
The town also has Countryside Park on the west side of Crothersville.

Austin Fireman’s Festival Oct. 12-13

The annual Jennings Township Fire Department will be hosting the 20th annual Fireman’s Festival on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13, at the fire station on West Main Street.
The fire department will be serving up fish sandwiches throughout the two days and there will be booths featuring handmade crafts, a baby contest, raffles, and an opportunity to meet the candidates running in the Nov. 6 election.
Booth spaces are still being accepted. Booth space is 10’x10’ costs $10 for a church, outside booths without electricity is $20 and with electricity is $30. An inside booth is $50 and food vendors (dessert only) are available for $75. For booth rental contact Johnnie White at 812-595-0609.
There will be hayrides each evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Adult tickets are $4 and school age children are $2. The fire department will be selling a variety of light up and glow in the dark items during the hayride.
Music from the festival staged begins at 4:30 Friday afternoon with Sigma, Scott County residents Bomar & Ritter perform from 6-7 p.m. Southern Compromise takes to the stage from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and Rusty Bladen and the Unstoppables, close out the evening’s entertainment starting at 8:30.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, candidates for political office will be meeting residents.
The Herald Family will be on stage from 1:15-2:15, the Spare Change Band performs from 2:30-3:30; the band Shiddy Half Songs will be on stage from 3:45-4:45. From 5-6 p.m. FE Project will entertain, The Fabulous Hickbillys are featured from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., On The House performs from 7:30 to 8:30 and Alpha Dogs will close out the festival stage entertainment beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Railroads Can’t Be Fined For Blocking Traffic

Frustrating Officials & Emergency Responders In Seymour, Crothersville, Austin & Scottsburg

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that communities can no longer fine railroad companies when trains block traffic for longer than 10 minutes, an option some cities along the Indiana & Louisville Railroad Co. were considering as they contend with more rail traffic.
Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed in the ruling that an 1865 law was pre-empted by the 1995 Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. The act prohibits states from enacting a law or rule that manages or governs rail transportation.
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. challenged the statute after receiving 23 tickets in Allen County, where Fort Wayne is located. The railroad’s lawyers said the company faced a burden of having to speed up trains or run shorter trains to comply with the statute.
Railroad crossings have been a long-standing issue in Jackson and Scott Counties. Communities along the rail lines have sought money to pay for expensive safety features at the crossings, which railroad companies don’t have to pay for. The Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., which runs north and south, also improved the lines and got permission to run more and faster trains on tracks through Jackson & Scott Counties. The stopped and slowed trains can cut off traffic.
The issue is particularly bad in Seymour— a city which bills itself as the ‘Crossroads of Indiana’— when a northbound ILRC train switches to a east bound CSX railway. Slowed, lengthy trains can block US 50, State Road 11 as well as numerous city and rural crossings while making the transition.
The issue has prompted the addition of fire and ambulance facilities strategically placed in Seymour in the event of lengthy train delays.
“But the hospital emergency room is on the west side of town and it there is a eastside vehicle crash or fire at the same time a train is coming through town, it can be a very bad situation,” said Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman
Emergency responders would have to decide whether to go around the train at a different crossing, which would add costly minutes to the run time, or wait it out. And now, because of the Supreme Court ruling, they could risk waiting longer than 10 minutes.
The issue is prompting the city to begin plans another railroad overpass on the city’s south side on a proposed Burkhart Boulevard extension to State Road 11 (Walnut Street). Seymour already has an overpass on North Burkhart over the railroad. Planning for that began in the 1980’s, Luedeman said.
The ILRC line runs through the middle of the Scottsburg, Austin, Crothersville and Seymour’s downtown as well as the westside of downtown Columbus.
Overpasses in Scottsburg, Austin and Crothersville would be cost prohibitive.
Railroad companies last year upgraded tracks throughout the state to allow for more trains, more weight on a freight and higher speeds. But they have not upgraded safety features at railroad crossings. Those changes fall on the cities themselves, which frustrates local officials.
Before the Supreme Court ruling, Indiana law allowed cities to issue tickets for $200 or more to railroad companies if one of their trains stopped or blocked traffic for more than 10 minutes at a time.