Dealing Drugs Lands Two In Scott County Jail

Two Scott County men were charged with dealing drugs last Thursday, Jan. 24
Scott County Deputy Joe Baker received a tip in regards to the whereabouts of Keith Smith, 37, of Berna Drive in Scottsburg whom authorities were seeking on a court warrant. The information provided led Deputy Baker to a residence in Tampico in Jackson County. Smith was arrested and taken into custody without incident. He was booked into Scott County Jail at 6:59 a.m., Jan. 24, charged with dealing controlled substance (2 counts), dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia.
In an unrelated incident, Baker received an additional tip regarding the whereabouts of Johnnie T. Sizemore Jr., 32, of South 5th Street in Austin who was wanted by law enforcement on a court warrant.
The anonymous information led Deputy Baker to a residence in Austin. With the assistance of Austin Police Department, Sizemore was taken into custody without further incident. He was booked into Scott County Jail at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Sizemore was arrested for two counts of dealing in narcotic.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office continues to target and arrest alleged drug dealers in Scott County, said Sheriff Jerry Goodin. “My policy is quit dealing, move out of the county or go to jail is sending a direct message to the drug culture that Scott County will become a Drug Free community,” he said.

Austin, Scott County Awarded Over $1 Million In Community Grants

The City of Austin and Scott County were among the 19 communities announced last week that were awarded funding through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Last Thursday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that 19 rural communities received more than $10.8 million in federal grant funding.
“It is important we are recognizing the impact rural communities have on our economic future. We must continue to ensure they are working to complete much needed projects,” Crouch said. “There are several rounds of federal funding being awarded throughout the state over the course of a year. We are making an impact on how rural Indiana is transforming their quality of place for their residents.”
The state of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects like: improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.
The City of Austin was awarded $550,000 for wastewater system improvements. The project will increase the capacity of a lift station, improve a number of elements at the treatment plant and build a phosphorus chemical facility.
Scott County was awarded $500,000 to renovate the former New Hope Services building on Frontage Road in Austin into a medical facility. The project includes acquisition of a building and renovations that will enhance infectious disease services and general medical treatment to low-to-moderate income people within the county.
Another area community also shared in the $10.8 million in OCRA grants.
The City of Seymour was awarded $590,000 for a streetscape project. This project will improve an area around One Chamber Square and consist of enhancing the sidewalks and curbing, upgrading the lighting and electrical services and creating an community space that includes seating and interactive features such as an outdoor musical play installation and large exploration boulders.
“These funds will bring valuable, much-needed infrastructure improvements, upgrades and resources needed in our rural communities,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “Residents of rural Indiana will see an impact to their quality of life, health and safety once these projects are completed.”
The first round of the 2019 CDBG program begins on March 25 with proposals due on May 3. Final applications are due June 28.

Dozens Of Invasive Plants To Be Illegal To Sell In Indiana

Last Tuesday in Indianapolis the Natural Resources Commission adopted a rule that will make dozens of invasive plant species illegal in Indiana.
“This rule takes 44 highly invasive species and makes it illegal to sell or offer for sale, gift, barter, exchange or distribute them,” said Ellen Jacquart, a member of the Invasive Plant Advisory Committee and president of the Indiana Native Plant Society.
Jacquart lives in Monroe County and worked for The Nature Conservancy 20 years ago, when the effort to stop plant nurseries, greenhouses, and home improvement stores from selling and people from transporting the invasive plant species began.
“We tried to do that for many years through education and asking nurseries not to sell these species,” Jacquart said. “It was ineffective.”
So in 2013, Jacquart and others asked the state to make it illegal to sell invasive plants. The Invasive Plant Advisory Committee came up with a list of plants that was used as the basis for determining which ones the state would include in what is called its terrestrial plant rule.
Jacquart said that of the 500 comments received about the terrestrial plant rule, just a few were against the regulation.
Michael Gregg of Scottsburg was among those who offered comments in support of the new rule
“I strongly support the Terrestrial Plant Rule,” he wrote “Indiana has very good fertile soil, over 80% of the state, invasive/exotic plants need to be removed and should no longer be sold in Indiana. Callery Pear and Eastern Burning Bush should be added to the list of invasive, exotic weeds that should be outlawed or no longer sold, planted, or distributed in Indiana.”
Before the rule goes into effect, it must be approved by the state attorney general, then signed by the governor. At that point only one-third of the rule will go into effect: Introducing an invasive species into Indiana will be illegal. The other two parts, regarding sale, transfer and transport of the plants, likely will go into effect a next spring.
The delayed enforcement gives the nursery industry time to get rid of its current stock of invasive plants, said Megan Abraham, division director of the state Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Abraham said the same delayed timeline was given when Indiana passed a rule to prohibit invasive aquatic plants in 2012.
State officials will be educating the 350 growers and 3,500 nursery dealers and retailers in Indiana, well as the public, about what plants will soon be illegal to have in the state. After that, anyone with plants on the list will be in violation and could face up to a $500 fine per incident per day. Anyone selling the plants would be issued a stop-sale notice and have any plants removed.
“We expect folks out there to tell us when something is out there that shouldn’t be,” Abraham said, adding that other states will be selling plants, such as purple loosestrife, that will no longer be legal in Indiana.

Prohibited Invasive Terrestrial Plants
•Achyranthes japonica (Japanese chaff flower).
•Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven).
•Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard).
•Alnus glutinosa (black alder).
•Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort).
•Arthraxon hispidus (small carpgrass).
•Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry).
•Carduus acanthoides (spiny plumeless thistle).
•Carduus nutans (musk thistle).
•Celastrus orbiculatus (Asian bittersweet).
•Centaurea stoebe (spotted knapweed).
•Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle).
•Conium maculatum (poison hemlock).
•Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed).
•Coronilla varia (crown vetch).
•Dioscorea polystachya (Chinese yam).
•Dipsacus fullonum (common teasel).
•Dipsacus laciniatus (cut-leaved teasel).
•Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive).
•Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper).
•Euphorbia esula (leafy spurge).
•Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn).
•Hesperis matronalis (dame’s rocket).
•Humulus japonicus (Japanese hops).
•Lepidium latifolium (pepperweed).
•Lespedeza cuneata (sericea lespedeza).
•Ligustrum obtusifolium (blunt-leaved privet).
•Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle).
•Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle).
•Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle).
•Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle).
•Lonicera x bella (Bell’s honeysuckle).
•Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stiltgrass).
•Morus alba (white mulberry).
•Phalaris arundinacea (reed canarygrass).
•Phellodendron amurense (Amur cork tree).
•Phragmites australis subspecies australis (common reed).
•Polygonum perfoliatum (mile-a- minute vine).
•Reynoutria japonica (Japanese knotweed).
•Reynoutria sachalinensis (giant knotweed).
•Reynoutria x bohemica (Bohemian knotweed).
•Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn).
•Vincetoxicum nigrum (black swallow-wort).
•Vincetoxicum rossicum (pale swallow-wort).

Rapid-Fire Laughs In Derby Dinner Show

by Joseph Persinger
Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, has produced many comedies worthy of the description “fast paced,” but the current show, “Love, Sex and the IRS,” may set a new record.
Unexpected twists, one-liners, double entendres, and antic physical comedy kept the audience laughing from start to finish on the night we attended.
Basic premise of the story is that, for several years, Jon has been claiming on his federal tax returns that his male roommate, Leslie, is a woman and that the two of them are married. When the IRS informs Jon that an agent will be coming to investigate, he persuades a very reluctant Leslie to play the part of his wife. Their attempted ruse leads to a chain reaction of hilarious complications, involving not just the tax investigator but several family members and friends who are not in on the joke.
The cast features Dick Baker as Jon and Matt Street as Leslie. Derby regular Cary Wiger adds to the laughs as the IRS agent who is a little too fond of Scotch whisky and becomes envious of what he sees as Jon and Leslie’s free and easy lifestyle.
To make matters even more complicated, Jon’s fiancee, played by Brittany Carricato Cox, has been having a secret romantic affair with Leslie. Megan M. Johnson appears as Leslie’s ex-girlfriend, J. R. Stuart as the suspicious landlord, Kiersten Vorheis as Jon’s mother, and David Myers as a quirky street preacher. The play is being directed by Jim Hesselman.
Setting for “Love, Sex and the IRS” is New York City in 1979. In keeping with that era, pre-show music by The Footnotes, Derby’s resident song and dance troupe, includes several popular hits from the ’70s.
The comedy will continue through Feb. 17 at the area dinner theater. For ticket information call 812-288-8281 or visit

Winter Comes To The Wilderness

The first significant snow of 2019 fell on south central Indiana over the weekend with Jackson & Scott Counties getting between 5”-7” in some areas. While state and county highway road clearing efforts were aided by above freezing temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, some of the more secluded areas made navigation a challenge…and photogenic.

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

17 Arrested On Drug Charges Since First Of The Year In Scott County

In the first 11 days since Sheriff Jerry Goodin took office on January 1, seventeen drug related arrests have been made in Scott County. On his first day in office Goodin released a statement regarding his zero tolerance policy for drug offenses.
“We mean what we say,” said Goodin. His goal is to make Scott County a drug free county.
Seventeen have been arrested on drug charges since January 1st.
Jan. 3: In collaboration with the Indiana State Police, Harold Cochran, 58 of Scottsburg was arrested for two counts of dealing in methamphetamine.
Jan. 6: Deputies responded to a male subject parked in a residence driveway. Jimmie Pate, 48, of Scottsburg was arrested for driving under the influence, resisting law enforcement, and possession of marijuana.
Jan. 6: Deputy Josh Watterson conducted a traffic stop on Highway 56 and arrested the passenger, Adaija Boozer, 20 of Indianapolis for visiting a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Jones, 21, of Indianapolis was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, possession marijuana, and false informing. He was also held in jail on an out of county warrant.
Jan. 6: Deputy Joe Baker conducted a traffic stop and arrested Aaron Couch, 29, of Otisco for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of syringe, and possession of methamphetamine.
Jan. 6: Deputies arrested Jacinda Barrett, 29, of Henryville for possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, and visiting a common nuisance
Jan. 6: Deputies arrested Scott Cope, 31, of Scottsburg for possession of syringe, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, and possession marijuana.
Jan. 8: Deputy Phillip Thomas conducted a traffic stop and arrested Kristen Couch, 20, of Austin for resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, and possession of paraphernalia.
Jan. 9: Deputy Kevin Huber conducted a traffic stop and arrested Tyler Snow, 25, North Vernon for possession marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Jan. 10: Deputy Joe Baker conducted a traffic stop and arrested Steven Bowling for possession marijuana and possession of paraphernalia
Jan. 10: A search warrant was conducted and led to the arrest of Lora Johnson, 44, of Scottsburg for maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in marijuana, dealing controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia. During the search warrant Jeffrey Powell, 20, of Scottsburg was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia, dealing in marijuana.
Jan. 10: Deputy Paul Clute assisted by deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Austin City Police Officers, and the Indiana State Police executed a search warrant at 13852 W. 163 N in Deputy, Indiana in Jefferson County. Two people were arrested, Perry Gammons on multiple warrants and Chris Boyle for possession of methamphetamine. The individuals were taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail.
Jan. 11: Deputy Johnny Coomer conducted a traffic stop that led to the arrest of Justin Smith, 27, of Salem for possession marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and resisting law enforcement. During the traffic stop, Ashley Fleenor, 22, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession marijuana, visiting a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a precursor, possession of controlled substance, theft, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringe, possession of paraphernalia, and she was held on an out of county warrant. Also arrested was Austin Hall, 24, of Austin for possession of narcotic drug.