Bake Sale, Soup Supper At Hamacher Hall Saturday

Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association will host a soup supper and bake sale this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 4-6 p.m. There will be a variety of soups and other items available for purchase, as well as an assortment of baked goods.
This has become an annual autumn affair at Hamacher Hall, and everyone is welcome at this family friendly event. A ramp is available for handicap accessibility.
Funds raised are used for maintaining and improving the facilities at Hamacher Hall, which is located at 111 East Howard Street in Crothersville. Donations are always welcome, and are tax deductible.
For more information about the event or CHACA call Linda at 812-531-3695, or Brenda at 812-793-2760.

Jackson County Water Utility Plans Expansion In Vernon Township

A planned Jackson County Water Utility expansion could benefit residents in northern and eastern Vernon Township.
According to JCWU manager Larry McIntosh, the three sections of the project will involve the installation of about 28 miles of new lines and could provide water to up to 600 households along the planned path.
McIntosh said the water utility has applied to the state’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan Program to finance the $7 million expansion. He said the Brownstown based rural water utility is hoping to obtain a 30-year loan at 2.4% interest to pay for the expansion project.
“We’ll be holding a public hearing seeking input and answering questions from residents along the proposed expansion area,” said McIntosh. The public hearing will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 16 at the rural water utility office at 1119 W. Spring Street in the Ewing area of Brownstown.
Engineering consultant, Curry & Associates, Inc., will present the recommended improvements which includes distribution system expansion southeast of Seymour and north and east of Crothersville.
At this hearing, there will be the opportunity for questions and comments from the public, McIntosh said.
“All three sections of this project are in areas where residential growth is on-going or anticipated,” said the utility manager.
About 16 miles of 6” & 10” thick-walled PVC pipe would be installed in Section A southeast of Seymour outside the city limits.
Sections B & C of the expansion will occur in Vernon Township resulting in about 12 miles of pipe being installed to serve up nearly 200 households.
“Because of the number of industries along the I-65 & US 31 corridor, this section of Vernon Township is where is expect there to be increased numbers of houses,” he said.
Residents along the proposed expansion path will be receiving a survey sometime before Christmas, McIntosh said. “We hope they will complete the survey and mail it back in the postage paid envelope.”
He said if funding is approved, construction would start southeast of Seymour early fall 2018. The sections of Vernon Township would see construction begin late fall 2018. The entire project is expected to take about 18 months.
The construction would begin from existing service outward so that new expansion customers could be brought into service when the water main is installed along their home rather than wait until the entire project is complete.
Easement acquisition would begin as soon as the project receives funding approval, McIntosh said.
McIntosh said this proposed project does not include any towers or tanks for water pressure. “The 750,000 tank on top on Chestnut Ridge will us used to supply water pressure to the Vernon Township expansion,” he said.
Fire hydrants would be installed about every mile of the new waterline. “This will help with fire protection in the area and could result in a lowering of some property owners’ homeowners insurance,” noted McIntosh.
Unlike a municipal or regional sewer service, residents along the path of the proposed water line expansion will not be coerced to become a customer.
“We hope people realize that personal water wells do not last forever. There are costs to repair and maintenance,” said the utility manager. “Additionally, sometimes there are water quality issues with private wells which may involve the aquifer, water hardness, offending odors, or surface water infiltration.”
“Our rural water utility can help insure a stable supply of clean water to those who want to be our customers,” he said.
Jackson County Water Utility was formed in 1970 and began water service in 1975. It currently serves 5,600 customers throughout Jackson County outside the municipal areas of Seymour and Crothersville. Glenn E. Henry of Crothersville is a local representative on the rural water board of directors.

38 Parcels Sell At Delinquent Tax Sale For Over $1 Million

Four Properties, 2 In Crothersville, Fail To Sell

When the delinquent property tax sale list was first advertised in September there were 144 parcels with back taxes owed. By the time Friday’s tax sale began at the courthouse, that list had been pared down to 41 after property owners paid taxes owed prior to the sale.
Those 41 parcels owed a total of $116,584.20; successful bidders paid $1,053,184.88.
“The county is only interested in the taxes owed,” said county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter. “The amount paid over the taxes owed will go into a surplus tax sale fund.”
She explained that those properties sold on Friday can be redeemed by their owners by paying the taxes plus 10% for the next six months; after that the interest increases to 15%. Upon redemption, the surplus paid by the successful bidder will be returned to that bidder.
Four of the 41 parcels did not sell at Friday morning’s tax sale; two of them in Crothersville,
One is one at 614 E. Bard Street that has been the focus of a cleanup effort by the Town of Crothersville. The property, owned by Paul & Penny Gay had $3,463.77 in taxes owed and failed to get that minimum bid.
A second parcel, a small parking lot on the southwest corner of Howard and Kovener Streets, owned by Grover Stacey also failed to gain the minimum $929.03 minimum bid.
Two other parcels failed to receive the minimum bid: 6668 N. Glendenning St in Freetown owned by Gary W. & Cheryl P. Greathouse failed to get the minimum $2,081.90 bid and the Unicell property on West Spring Street in Brownstown failed to get the minimum $156,466.52 bid for back taxes owed on the 32.7 acres site.
Hohenstreiter said that those properties would be offered for sale during a Commissioners’ Certificate Sale sometime in April 2018. At that sale the minimum bid per parcel is $200.
The following parcels sold at tax sale. Listed is the property owner, address, taxes owed; buyer and amount paid.
Brownstown Township
Raymond A. Reynolds, 210 S. Benton, $918.71; John Disque, $2,000.
Joe M. & June R. Peters, 522 W. Spring St., $9,960.91; SAVVY IN, LLC, $54,000.
Daranee Payattakool, 518 S. Poplar St., $4,269.83; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Joe Mark Peters Sr. & June R. Peters, 116 S. Jackson St., 5,603.41; M&M Investments, $54,000.
Carr Township
Lezli A. McKnight, Christopher Williams, 74 acres 5941 S 1250 W, Medora, $3,407.57; Sabre Investments LLC, $106,000.
Mark Allen & Amber Kessner, 6894 S 1100 W, Medora, $2,154.21; M&M Investments, $32,000.
Jennifer George, 3393 S 1125 W, Medora, $478.11; SAVVY IN, LLC, $40,000.
Walter & Patricia Ingram, 16 acres in the 12000 block of W 425 S, Medora, $255.40; David Newkirk, $23,000.
Jesse Mann, 13.9 acres in the 3000 block of S 740, Medora, $771.40; Sabre Investments LLC, $17,000.
Natalie Phillips, 31 Elm St., Medora, $301.46; Dale Ehringer, $2,000.
Michael Wayne Moore, 116 S. Jackson St., Medora, 751.40; M&M Investments, $2,500.
Driftwood Township
Joe M. Peters Sr., .4 of an acre 200 block of S. State Road 135, Vallonia, $162.78; John Disque, $200.
Hamilton Township
Richard Eugene Rose, .08 of an acre 4000 block E SR 258, $146.53; Douglas Bledsoe, $146.53.
Jackson Township
Matthew P. Jackson, 3873 N US 31, $505.03; SAVVY IN, LLC, $4,500.
Grover & Sondra E. Stacey, 4990 N US 31, $37,865.68; M&M Investments, $114,000.
Carl A. & Sherry G. Thompson, 729 E. 5th St., $4,424.60; SAVVY IN, LLC, $44,000.
Joseph F. Laupus, 207 N. Chestnut St., $5,470.10; SAVVY IN, LLC, $22,000.
Joseph F. Laupus, 200 W. 2nd St., $5,470.10; GM Gillenwater, $30,000.
Juan Alberto Lopez Mendez, 221 S. Park St., $2,728.04; M&M Investments, $9,500.
Toby Brewer & Courtney Cooper, 402 W. 8th St., $261.26; Douglas Bledsoe, $4,500.
Owen Township
Tommy Joe Graham & Lisa A. Kirschbaum, 200 S 1250 W, Norman; M&M Investments, $14,000.
Cole C. Cummings, 8705 W 150 N, Medora; $3,600.04; SAVVY IN, LLC, $62,000.
Larry Sluder, 5425 N. Mackey St., Norman, $525.31; Dale Ehringer, $525.31.
Pershing Township
Dean Barger, .2 of an acre in the 7000 block of N 675 W, Freetown, $522.33; Dale Ehringer, $522.33.
Jason W. Burnside, 6712 N. Union St., Freetown, $2,660.69; SAVVY IN, LLC, $16,000.
Redding Township
Thomas W. & Janice L. Hoene, .48 of an acres in the 400 block of Redding Road, Seymour; $2,743.14; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Sharon K. Hennsley, 11225 N US 31, $1,544.86; SAVVY IN, LLC, $66,000.
Nicole M. Zanghi, 11669 E 900 N, $628.55; SAVVY IN, LLC, $42,000.
Barbara & Char Ison, 207 E 13th St., $2,102.91; SAVVY IN, LLC, $32,000.
Anita Nalley, 1022 Center St., $3,360.94; Douglas Bledsoe, $6,500.
Vernon Township
Kirby Mosley, 10737 E State Road 250, $2,092.10; M&M Investments, $82,000.
Kirby Mosley, 1.46 acres in the 10000 block of E St Rd 250, $571.26; M&M Investments, $4,500.
Grover & Sondra Stacey, 500 W. Howard St., 3,161.92; M&M Investments, $30,000.
Southern Indiana Home Properties LLC, 302 W. Howard St., $2,171.47; UMB Bank, $7,500.
Travis W. Jones, 304 Mill St., $1,733.17; UMB Bank, $10.000.
Herman Edward & Betty Jean Calloway, .907 of an acres in the 600 block of E. Walnut St., $290.71; Rick Clark, $290.71.
Howard V. & Daisy Womack, 202 E. Howard St., $2,699.22; SAVVY IN, LLC, $34,000.

Fall Property Taxes Due Nov. 13

The Jackson County Treasurer, Roger D. Hurt, reminds taxpayers that the second installment of property tax billings are due Monday, Nov. 13.
“This is slightly later this fall as the Nov. 11 Veterans Day is observed by the county on Friday Nov. 10,” said Hurt. “This is the usual deadline for paying property taxes but since the courthouse is closed that day the deadline is extended to Monday, Nov. 13.
Residents can pay their taxes in one of four methods:
•Payment in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the courthouse in Brownstown from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
But if you want to avoid the sometimes lengthy lines you can opt for one of the following methods, said Hurt.
•Payment by mail delivery with check and payment coupon. Payment is considered on time when postmarked by Nov. 13.
•Payment at The Peoples Bank locations in Brownstown, Crothersville and Seymour or The State Bank Of Medora.
This option for payment must include the payment coupon to be presented at the Bank for proper crediting of the taxpayer’s payment. Payments made at banks must be made before the close of their business on Nov. 13.
•Payment with credit/debit cards on-line at or the County Web site;
•Payment with credit /debit cards using the automated system. Toll Free 1-888-809-5849.
Both credit/debit options will incur a convenience fee charge, Hurt noted.
•A secure drop box is located at the Sugar Street entrance of courthouse. Payment coupons with your check should be placed here. No cahs payments are accepted in the drop box. Payment is considered on time if received in the drop box by midnight on the deadline date.
If anyone is ever in doubt of the amount that they owe, how to make a payment, where a payment can be processed or questions on the billing schedule, call us at the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office at 812-358-6125 or 812-358-6126 or email questions to
Hurt said that residents with questions about assessments or reassessments should contact the Assessor’s Office at 812-358-6112;
Questions about exemptions or tax rates are handled by the Auditor’s Office at 812-358-6161.

Sauers Lutheran Serving Annual Turkey & Ham Supper Sunday

St. John’s Lutheran Church (Sauers) will be serving their annual turkey & ham supper and Ladies Aid Bazaar this Sunday, Nov. 5, with serving from 4 to 7 p.m.
The traditional sinner is available for a free will offering. Carryouts will be available and the public is cordially invited to enjoy the bountiful meal.
The church is located at 1108 S 460 E west of Dudleytown. For more information call 812-521-2842.