Over 40 area youngsters, adults and their families took part in the annual Christmas tradition of building a gingerbread house at the Crothersville Library on Thursday.
Using white icing as glue, graham crackers were used to construct walls and roof then colorful candies accented the edible holiday decoration.
Seven-year-old Brandi Dawson of Crothersville concentrates as she pipes icing to decorate her gingerbread house as her mother, Abigail Davis, watches the progress.
This will be the final issue of 2017 for the Crothersville Times as we take our traditional holiday vacation. Look for your first issue of the Times on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
From Curt the editor, Dale who is in charge of circulation, Doris the circulation supervisor, Becky the occasional columnist, Willow the Cat and Emma the Great Pyrenees who are in charge of Wilderness critter control…thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!
Noah Hoskins, son of Chris & Connie Hoskins, was named Homecoming King and Chasta Lamb, daughter of Sonja Lizenby and Doug Lamb was named Homecoming Queen prior to the Crothersville-Madison Shawe basketball game Friday in the CHS gym. The Tigers defeated the visiting Hilltoppers 77-47 to extend their season to 5-2.
First runners-up were Lane Wienhorst, son of Jennifer and Kenney Wienhorst and Maddie Riley, daughter of Susie and Bobby Riley; 2nd Runners-Up, Josh Thomas, son Tabitha Smallwood and Cami Keasler, daughter of Angie and Cory Keasler; 3rd Runners-Up, Logan Brewer son of Natalie Roberts and Eric Brewer and Piper Hensley, daughter of Tanita and Kevin Hensley.
Crothersville Town Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 & 26 for Christmas and Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 & 2 for New Years.
Rumpke trash and recycling pick up will be delayed both weeks from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The Crothersville Post Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, & Monday, Jan. 1.
The Jackson County Public Library in Crothersville, Medora & Seymour will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and January 1. All branches will close at 6 p.m. December 20-21 and December 26-28.
The Discovery Bus is also off the road December 25 through January 1.
Customers may use the materials returns at the Seymour, Crothersville, and Medora libraries on the nights and days the libraries are closed.
The quandary of how to dispose of leaves and yard debris each fall may be alleviated for Crothersville residents beginning next year.
At last Tuesday’s monthly meeting the Crothersville Town Council signed an interlocal agreement with the Jackson County Solid Waste Management District that will enable the town to acquire a leaf vacuum.
Town Council President Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson, who represents the town on the county solid waste district board, said that the leaf vacuum, estimated just over $29,000, will be purchased by the solid waste district for Crothersville’s use.
“This will help our community residents get rid of the annual fall leaves and helps the town keep ditches and culverts free from clogging by leaves which should help surface water drainage,” said Robinson.
The leaf vacuum trailer would be pulled behind the town’s dump truck where leaves collected could then be taken for composting.
Robinson said the details of any leaf collection is still being worked out as well as where leaves would be placed to compost, a process that takes about a year.
He said other communities allow residents to obtain the compost for gardens free of charge. “But we are still figuring out where to place the composted leaves to make it convenient for after-hours pickup by residents.
One project is wrapping up and another is being proposed to improve surface water drainage in Crothersville.
At last week’s monthly meeting the council heard from Trena Carter of ARa, the town’s grant administrator, that there will be a public hearing next month on a proposed grant to improve both surface water and sanitary sewer flow in the northeast end of town.
The $550,000 grant would require a $144,272 local match if awarded by the state. The grant would allow for the replacement of an aged sewer pumping station on Seymour Road, installation of 650’ of 4” force sewer line, and installation of 650’ of storm sewer lines in the area.
Town Engineer Brad Bender of FPBH said that his firm’s testing of the area determined that most of the issues with flooding the lift station is not so much related to combined sewers but with storm water overtopping the sanitary sewer manholes.
“The only way to address this is to divert the surface water away from the sanitary system,” said Bender.
He said the design is to install eight storm water inlets along the proposed new storm sewer line to divert water from the sanitary sewer. “This will help alleviate the surge of water going into the sanitary sewer to be treated during heavy rains,” said Bender.
Much of the work would be constructed within the existing right of way along Seymour Road between Walnut and Coleman Streets.
The work would be quite intensive in the area as new storm water and sanitary sewer lines would need be installed and water lines, laterals, and possibly other utilities would need to be moved.
Bender reported that the storm water work on Hominy ditch in the west side of town is continuing. The Bethany Road culvert was completed and the roadway opened to traffic on Nov. 29. The culverts on Park Avenue and Kovener Streets should be in place by (this) week,
Finally, Bender reported on planning and design for the $453,000 Community Crossroads grant which will allow up to 14 streets to be paved in Crothersville next year.
“We are doing field work on all of these streets. Some residents may wonder about the painted markings and that is all a part of the future paving project,” said Bender. “We are preparing plans and specifications for a January or February bid opening with a project award in March,” he said.
“There are so many communities awarded paving grants we want to get the work done early, go to bid, and get the project awarded to Crothersville can be at the front of the line when the paving season begins next spring,” the engineer said.