Local Songwriters To Be Featured In Free Concert

Five area musicians will be featured in a songwriter showcase at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. The event is being organized by Seymour’s Crossroads Acoustic Fest team.
The local singers, who will take turns performing original songs in a “round robin” format, are John Whitcomb, Eric O’Daffer, Colt Wienhorst, Franny Hall, and Dwight Hendrix, with Joe Persinger as host.
The show is open to all ages, and there will be no charge for admission; however, donations to help fund operation of the arts center will be accepted. Those attending may bring lawn chairs, and coolers are welcome. Plans are being made to have food trucks at the site. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors at nearby Chateau de Pique Winery.
Seymour native John Whitcomb, who lists alternative, rock, Christian, and blues as his musical genres, has been playing guitar in bands since his high school days. After graduation he played the “honky tonk” circuit for several years and then studied at a guitar institute in California before joining a band in Nashville, Tenn. He eventually returned to Indiana where he has played in a pit band for Broadway musicals, is a member of the popular band Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis, and directs music at St. Paul Methodist Church in Bloomington. His new CD is entitled “Arabelle” and is available on iTunes.
Eric O’Daffer is well known in the area as half of the dynamic oldies duo, Past Tense, with Steve Langlais. They appear frequently at Harmony Park and at Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, Seymour, and the 19th Hole in Brown County as well as a number of other area venues. O’Daffer’s recently released CD, entitled “Bricks,” features 13 of his original songs. He cites influences such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and The Mavericks.
Colt Wienhorst writes and sings traditional country music and says he was influenced by such artists as Merle Haggard and George Jones. He recently released a CD featuring nine tracks — eight written by Wienhorst and one by another writer. Some titles include “That One Regret,” “Poor Man’s Ways,” and “You Made Your Bed.” He has performed at the Jackson County Fair, at the Thirsty Sportsman in Crothersville, Ross Country Jamboree in Scottsburg, and festivals in Crothersville and Scottsburg.
Franny Hall has performed at venues across the region, including Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis and received regional exposure as opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. She also has been featured in a songwriter showcase at the famous Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn. She recorded an album of original songs entitled “Take You Home” and is planning to record new material in the near future. Her musical influences have included Carol King, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Carly Simon, to name a few.
Growing up in the 1960’s, Dwight Hendrix was influenced by protest songs, folk and country music, James Taylor and John Denver, and harmonizing performers such as the Eagles and Zac Brown Band. He has spent the past 20 years singing, writing, and playing on praise teams and playing Christian music in prisons and for recovery groups around the state. “When I write, I try to tell a story,” Hendrix said. “I’ve found three chords and the absolute truth can be very freeing.”
Joe Persinger began playing guitar and singing during the folk music craze of the early 1960’s and has been influenced by artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine. He has produced four CD’s— “Someone Like You” (which has been reissued as “All the Best”), “He’s Knockin’ at the Door,” “Train Town,” and “Dreams Go By,” which was released earlier this summer. He performs regularly at Brown County’s Story Inn, at Harmony Park in Seymour, and other area venues.

Town To Seek Another State Community Cross Roads Grant

Up To 12 More Streets Could Be Paved in 2019

Having just completed a $335,428 grant which resurfaced 14 streets in Crothersville the town council decided at last Tuesday’s monthly meeting to seek second year funding to pave more local streets.
The rules are the same as the previous grant: the town must contribute 25% of the requested funds. The town intends to contribute all of its local street funds allotted for 2019. The sticking point is that the town just began its budget process and the amount available for next year’s paving is not yet known.
“For every dollar you put toward this grant you can receive three additional dollars,” said town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH. “You can take the money you usually spend on street paving and resurface four times as much.”
Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey said that she though the town could put up to $80,000 as a local match. That would mean the town could apply for $320,000 from the Community Crossroads grant.
“That amount of money will go a long way with paving more Crothersville Streets,” commented council president Danieta Foster.
However, time is of the essence. Bender said he has put together a list of streets but the final submission needs to be soon.
Among the streets to be preliminarily considered for milling, repair and resurfacing include:
•Industrial Way from US 31 west to the new extension.
•Howard Street from Bethany Road to Park Ave.
•Main Street Circle
•Pennsylvania Ave. from Walnut Street north to the corporate limits.
•Howard Street from Dismore to Preston.
•Moore Street from US 31 to Preston St.
•Moore Street from Preston east to the corporate limits.
•Main Street from the Railroad to US 31.
•Walnut Street from Kovener St. to Seymour Road.
•Preston Street from Moore to Coleman.
•Coleman from Preston St. to Seymour road.
•Seymour Road from Howard St. to Walnut St.
The engineer’s preliminary estimate for that work is just over $316,000.
Councilman Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson questioned whether Main Street Circle, which was recently accepted into the town street system, should be resurfaced. “Should we look at paving Walnut Street east of Preston? It’s just a gravel road and could be a connector for East & West Street residents going north on US 31 to work.”
However, the town engineer said “Bare gravel doesn’t score well for this grant. Main Street Circle has a base and is beginning to get rugged.
Bender added, “Economic activity and connectivity are two points the state scores highly” in considering grants for approval.
Timing is going to be critical, Bender said, suggesting a special meeting later this month to nail down the streets to be included in the grant request in order to meet the early October grant application deadline.

Parole Visit Puts Two Behind Bars In Scott County

Last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, Indiana State Police Troopers and agents from the Indiana State Parole Commission, performed a routine visit at a residence at 251 South Lake Road North, Lot #32, in Scottsburg. A parolee of the Indiana Department of Corrections was living at the residence.
During the visit authorities charged Timothy Ebertshauser, 27, of Scottsburg, with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a syringe.
The resident of the mobile home, Robert Campbell, 42, of Scottsburg was arrested on a parole violation after officers located drug paraphernalia at his residence. In Scott Circuit Court he faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

50 Magazines Now Available Online With Library’s OverDrive

The Jackson County Public Library has announced that 50 magazine titles are now available on the eIndiana Digital Consortium through OverDrive. Magazines are available for simultaneous use, which means an unlimited number of people have no wait to use them. They check out for three weeks and do not count towards the 10 item limit.
Magazines are back on OverDrive after about an 18 month absence and may not be the same titles that were available for two years. Anyone with a JCPL Evergreen Indiana library card can access OverDrive at www.myjclibrary.org/overdrive
Magazine available are: American Girl Magazine, Arts and Crafts Homes, Backpacker, Backyard, Bloomberg Businessweek, Car and Driver, Cardmaking & Papercraft, Clean Eating, Cosmopolitan – US edition, Country Living, Country Woman, Crochet World, Discovery Girls, Dogs Life, ELLE, ESPN The Magazine, Field & Stream, Food Network Magazine, Gardens Illustrated, Good Organic Gardening, Guideposts, HGTV Magazine, History Revealed, Hot Rod, House Beautiful, Ideal Home & Garden, Lonely Planet Traveller, Motor Trend, Muscle & Fitness, National Enquirer, Newsweek, O, The Oprah Magazine, OK!, PCWorld, Pets, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Quilter’s World, Quilters Companion, Reader’s Digest, REDBOOK, Reminisce, Seventeen, Shutterbug, Simple & Delicious, Simply Knitting, Star, Taste of Home, Town & Country, and Woman’s Day.

Jackson County Health Dept. Food Inspections

Inspections Conducted In July & August

Critical violations are defined as a provision of the Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24 that, if in noncompliance, is more likely than other violations to significantly contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard. Example: Hot food not being held at 135˚F. or warmer; cold food not at 41 degrees or below; or food contact surfaces contaminated.
Non-Critical violations are provisions of the Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, Title 410 IAC 7-24 that, if in noncompliance, is not likely to significantly contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazards but are issues of concern. Examples: No hair restraints; or mop being left in a mop bucket rather than being allowed to air dry.
Repeat violations are issued when a follow-up inspection finds that a previous issue has not been corrected and the establishment continues to be noncompliant and present a hazard.
Kathy’s Korner 1101 W. Commerce St, Brownstown
Pre-operational inspection – approved to open ice cream shop
McDonald’s 427 Stevens Way, Seymour
Change of ownership – corporate owned to private
McDonald’s 913 E. Tipton St, Seymour
Change of ownership – corporate owned to private
Citgo 829 N. Ewing St, Seymour
7 Critical (food prep employee not washing hands after operating cash register and returning to food prep, over-abundance of flying insects in food prep area, soiled knife left on food prep counter, unlabeled container of cinnamon butter in walk-in cooler, no approved sanitizer being used in facility, potentially hazardous food product in walk-in cooler not held below 41°F, food prep employee unable to demonstrate knowledge of food safety practices)
7 Noncritical (No paper towels available at hand sink, Canadian bacon being improperly thawed on warewashing sink, uncovered breadsticks and crescent rolls in walk-in cooler, wet cleaning cloth on counter not being stored in sanitizer, syrup and residue building up on floor in bag-n-box closet, no cold water available at warewashing sink, warewashing / dry storage area cluttered and unorganized)
Fast Stop 1300 W. Commerce St, Brownstown
No violations
Circle K 107 W. Commerce St, Brownstown
1 Critical (distressed merchandise and other items stacked in warewashing sink – utensils unable to be cleaned)
2 Noncritical (dried paint in bottom of warewashing sink, mop left in bucket of dirty mop water)
Linzy B’s Bakery 1002 E. Tipton St, Seymour
1 Critical (no certified food handler on staff)
Town Market Foodies 201 E. Main St, Crothersville
No violations
VFW Post 1083 103 W. Main St, Crothersville
1 Critical (no certified food handler on staff)
The Lunch Box 114 Marshall Dr, Crothersville
Follow-up inspection
2 Noncritical 2 Repeat (ceiling material sagging above vent hood causing large hole – repeat, hand sink drain stopped up / not drain in food prep area – repeat)
LLB Food Mart (Marathon) 417 S. Armstrong St, Crothersville
Follow-up inspection
2 Critical 2 Repeat (no certified food handler on staff – repeat – food production of pizza / burgers / and other prepare item in facility suspended / closed / not allowed until a CFH is employed at the facility, prep cooler not holding product below 41°F – repeat)
Tiemeyer’s Farm Market 3147 S. Co Rd 300 W, Vallonia
4 Critical 2 Repeat (deli cooler not holding food products below 41°F – repeat, dried dairy protein on blade of shake mixer – repeat, dried food residue on blade of deli slicer, no certified food handler on staff)
Denny’s Grocery 4727 W. St Rd 58, Freetown
1 Critical 1 Repeat (medications still stored on shelf above slicer / food prep table behind deli)
2 Noncritical 1 Repeat (area of sales floor next to office accumulating boxes and containers not necessary for daily operation – potential rodent and insect harborage area – repeat, wall behind new deli counter becoming deteriorated and no longer smooth, easily cleanable, non-absorbent)
Trader Bakers 1990 E. Tipton St, Seymour
Booth 227 – No violations
Booth 402 – No violations
Big Lots 2000 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
Dollar General Store 1236 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
CVS Pharmacy 415 S. Main St, Brownstown
1 Noncritical (gap between rear service entrance doors)
Dollar General Store 1301 Woodside Dr, Brownstown
No violations
Dairy Queen 115 W. Commerce St, Brownstown
7 Noncritical (can opener producing metal shavings, food debris building-up on shake mixers, debris collecting on floor “edges and corners”, top of equipment in ice cream area needs more frequent cleaning, plastic spoons not stored inverted in ice cream area, back employee entrance door left open, wall deteriorated / sagging behind warewashing sink)
Long John Silver’s 2001 E. Tipton St, Seymour
2 Noncritical (“in-use” utensils not stored in running water, faucet of mop sink spraying water on floor)
Dominos 1104 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
Kovener’s Korner 712 W. 2nd St, Seymour
No violations
Kentucky Fried Chicken 1127 E. Tipton St, Seymour
1 Critical (witnessed employee enter facility / clock in / and begin filling food orders without washing hands)
4 Noncritical (food debris building-up in “corners and edges” of floor, dust and debris from ceiling vent and breading collecting on wall above chicken prep line, oil / grease / food debris collecting / building-up under / around equipment in fry area, food residue / grease not cleaned from equipment as necessary)
Taco Bell 1509 E. Tipton St, Seymour
1 Critical (under counter cooler not holding cheese and sauces below 41°F)
2 Noncritical (mineral deposits and syrup debris build-up on ice dispensing portion of fountain drink machine by drive-thru, counter between ice tea and fountain drink machine in customer self-service area need more frequent cleaning)
Larrison’s Diner 200 S. Chestnut St, Seymour
No violations
SEP Café (Cummins) 800 E. 3rd St, Seymour
No violations
Citgo 829 N. Ewing St, Seymour
Follow-up inspection
1 Critical (no certified food handler on staff)
6 Noncritical 3 Repeat (no paper towels available at hand sink in food prep area – repeat, no paper towels available at hand sink in restroom, mop left in bucket of water in mop sink, walk-in cooler cluttered and unorganized – repeat, no cold water available at warewashing sink – repeat)
Rails, Craft Brew & Eatery 114 St. Louis Ave, Seymour
2 Critical (mac & cheese containers in walk-in held past 7 days allowed as per date marking, caulking gun and stainless cleaner stored over ice on bin of ice maker)
7 Noncritical (witnessed 3 food prep employees on line not wearing hair restraints, mold forming on / in bin of ice maker, wet cleaning cloth left on prep table, rear employee entrance door propped open with cardboard box, no paper towels available at hand sink in bar area, floor sink drain backing up under dish machine, soil build-up on exterior of microwave and shelf in food prep area)
Community Diner 201 E. 3rd St, Seymour (First United Methodist Church)
No violations
SEP Café (Cummins) 800 E. 3rd St, Seymour
Approved to re-open grill area after equipment fire
McDonalds 427 Stevens Way, Seymour
1 Critical (witnessed employee entered service area after exiting restroom and began filling orders without washing hands)
8 Noncritical 1 Repeat (hot water not immediately available at back hand sink – 2nd time repeat, hot water not immediately available at front line hand sink, mold forming on surfaces surrounding the coffee creamer dispensing nozzle, orange juice dispenser needs more frequent and thorough cleaning, customer self-service fountain counter not cleaned frequent enough, mineral deposits and algae forming on / around ice makers on top of fountain drink machines in customer self-service area, mold forming on surfaces surrounding fountain nozzles, water and debris collecting under counter / in cabinets of fountain drink area)
Kentucky Fried Chicken 1127 E. Tipton St, Seymour
Follow-up Inspection
4 Noncritical 4 Repeat (food debris building-up in “corners and edges” of floor – repeat, dust and debris from ceiling vent and breading collecting on wall above chicken prep line – repeat, oil / grease / food debris collecting / building-up under / around equipment in fry area – repeat, food residue / grease not cleaned from equipment as necessary – repeat)
Papa John’s Pizza 600 E. Tipton St, Seymour
1 Noncritical (witnessed employee preparing pizza wearing 2 rings with stones where bare hand contact is allowed
Circle K 416 Stevens Way, Seymour
3 Critical (witnessed food employee change tasks from gathering trash to cleaning food contact surfaces without washing hands, hand sinks blocked ad inaccessible at time of inspection, over abundance of flying insects in food prep and service area)
2 Noncritical (wet cleaning cloth left on condiment / coffee creamer area counter, food prep employee not wearing hair restraint while cleaning equipment / performing warewashing)
Little Caesars Pizza 1250 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
Racin’ Mason Pizza & Fun Zone 357 Tanger Blvd, Seymour
1 Critical (potentially hazardous food product in pizza prep cooler not held below 41°F)
3 Noncritical (restroom doors not self-closing, door trim not installed on interior of restroom door frames, hold in wall in men’s restroom)
Walgreens 319 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
Dollar Tree 1539 E. Tipton St, Seymour
No violations
Circle K 2119 E. Tipton St, Seymour
1 Critical (potentially hazardous food product not held below 41°F)
2 Noncritical (mold forming on ice dispensing doors of fountain drink machine, no probe thermometer available for testing internal temperatures)
AVI / Aisin USA Dining 1700 E. 4th St, Seymour
4 Critical (pan of sliced beef held in single door cooler past allowed 7-day expiration as indicated by marked date on container – product discarded, pan of clam chowder held in single door cooler past allowed 7 day expiration as indicated by marked date on container – product discarded, witnessed food prep employee lick gloved finger after preparing plate of food for customer, milk in cooler at self-service kiosk not held below 41F)
2 Noncritical (mold forming in bin of ice maker, large hole in wall behind oven)
Hampton Inn 247 N. Sandy Creek Dr, Seymour
1 Critical (open can of Mountain Dew in door tray of refrigerator)
2 Noncritical (multiple wet towels left in hand sink, witnessed food prep employee washing hands in warewashing sink)
McDonalds 913 E. Tipton St, Seymour
2 Critical (when entering facility witnessed member of management change tasks from order filling on front line to removing fruit pies from freezer and placing on tray with bare hands [allowed] but did not wash hands, coffee creamer in dispenser by drive-thru not held below 41°F)
8 Noncritical (witnessed member of management placing frozen fruit pies on tray with bare hands [allowed] while wearing rings with stones / engravings [not allowed], witnessed multiple members of management not wearing hair restraints while performing food prep, mold forming in bin of ice maker, missing ceiling tiles above wall freezer, wet cleaning cloth left on counter of frappe station, wet cleaning cloth left on counter in drive-thru area, mop left in dirty mop water by mop sink [must be hung to air dry], mop left in dirty mop water in lobby cleaning closet)
Pizza Palace 832 W. Tipton St, Seymour
6 Noncritical (debris building up behind smoker / warmers, mop left on floor by mop sink, gap around rear entrance door, dry debris building up on top of smoker and warmers, no paper towels available at hand sink in bar area, wet cleaning clothes left on counters in multiple locations)
Dine N Dash 820 A. Ave, Seymour
No violations
Twist N Twirl Ice Cream Shop 4781 W. St Rd 58, Freetown
No violations
Sgt Rick’s American Grill (fka Wilson’s Diner) 6661 N. Union St, Freetown
Pre-operational inspection – Change of ownership – Facility ready to open
Economy Inn 401 Outlet Blvd, Seymour
No violations
Holiday Inn 249 N. Sandy Creek Dr, Seymour
1 Critical (no certified food handler on staff)
VFW Post 1925 311 Jackson Park Dr, Seymour
2 Critical (no certified food handler on staff, walk-in cooler not holding food product below 41°F)
Supermercado Morales 416 E. Tipton St, Seymour
3 Critical (dried meat protein on blades and guard of mechanical tenderizer, dried meat protein on 2 knives stored on clean knife rack, dried food debris on blade of deli slicer)
3 Noncritical (mop left in mop sink and not hung to air dry, dried food debris on scale used at meat counter, employee cutting meat not wearing hair restraint)
Old Buffet China 1246 E. Tipton St, Seymour
5 Critical (waste water from floor cleaning being allowed to run out rear entrance and across parking lot, trays of shrimp stored above case of green beans in walk-in cooler, potentially hazardous food products in walk-in cooler not held below 41°F, dried meat protein on blades of tenderizing / shredding equipment, rice used for sushi rolls out-of-temperature and no record kept for “time as a public health control” used)
6 Noncritical 1 Repeat (tray of battered shrimp on floor in food prep area, various food products not covered in walk-in cooler, when entering facility witnessed multiple food prep employees not wearing hair restraints, “corners and edges” need more frequent and thorough cleaning, mold forming in in of ice maker in dry storage area, gaps under and around rear entrance screen doors (3) – repeat)
The link for the Jackson County Health Department website is: www.jacksoncountyhealth-in.com

Muscatatuck Buck

A young male whitetail deer emerges from the tree line at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. This time of year the antlers are covered in a velvet covering which this 8-pointer will soon be rubbing against small trees & saplings to remove.                                                                  ~USFWS photo by Donna Stanley