Crothersville’s Noah Hoskins Named County DAR Good Citizen

Pictured at the March 8 DAR award dinner are Jan Longest, Ft Vallonia DAR Regent; Kristen Noelle Stuckwisch, Brownstown Central; Anna May Huff, Seymour; Rachel Anne Onken, Trinity; and Noah Hoskins, Crothersville.
~DAR photo

Crothersville senior Noah Hoskins, son of Chris and Connie Hoskins, was recently named the recipient of the Jackson County Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award is presented by Ft. Vallonia Chapter of DAR.
“Being honored as DAR Good Citizen is much more than good grades. It means you’ve given back to the community, to your school, to your church and to your family,” explained DAR spokesperson Ruth Ann Rebber.
“These students are selected by their respective schools on the basis of their outstanding qualities of dependability thoughtfulness, punctuality, service, cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, leadership, personality, self-control, and patriotism and loyalty to the American ideals”, she added.
Student from four county high schools were given two hours to complete an essay of not more than 500 words on the topic: Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It. How has America advanced the cause of freedom in the rest of the world?
DAR Good Citizens from their respective schools include:
•Brownstown Central’s Kristen Noelle Stuckwisch, daughter of Eric & Marti Stuckwisch.
•Seymour high School’s Anna May Huff, daughter of Barry & Yoko Huff.
•Trinity Lutheran High School’s Rachel Anne Onken, daughter of Lance & Carol Onken.
All the nominees are seniors.
All entries were forward to the Ft. Vallonia Chapter Good Citizen Committee, and were then sent to a panel of judges from another county.
As county winner, Hoskins was entered in the Indiana State DAR good Citizen contest where the prize is a scholarship. The winners from each state proceed to the district and national selections for scholarship.

Crossroads Acoustic Fest To Premier Next Month

A new two-night music performance experiment is coming to Seymour on April 27 & 28 at several listening room venues in downtown Seymour, including the banquet room at Rails Craft Brew & Eatery and the Jackson County Visitor Center.
Artists expected to perform include Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack playing as Daddy, Gabriel Kelley, Levi Parham, Jackson County natives Stephanie Lambring and Don Pedigo, Tim Grimm of Columbus, Danny Flanigan, Alan Rhody, Brooke Annibale, Count This Penny, Justin Paul Lewis, Corey Brumback and others.
The shows will be intimate acoustic performances in the line of VH1’s Storytellers or Nashville, Tennessee’s famous Bluebird Cafe, said festival organizer Shawn Busby of Seymour.
The festival will run from 6 to 11 p.m. April 27 and from 5 to 11 p.m. April 28. Single-day tickets are not available.
“It’s a very unique concept in terms of being a festival,” he said. “A lot of times when people think of festivals, they think of being outside, huge crowds, hot and sweaty, summertime. It’s none of those things.”
All of the performances are indoors, so it won’t be affected by weather. The venues are small to keep noise down so listeners can hear and appreciate the music, Busby said.
“It’s a quiet listening experience,” he said. “So this is not the place to come and talk with your friends while the music is happening. This is a festival for people who really appreciate music and want to hear lyrics. We want to draw in the people who are there for that personal, intimate experience with the artists.”
He hopes to see the festival attract 300 to 500 people in its first year.
Concert goers can purchase a wristband that will get them into any venue and performance as long as it’s not at capacity on both days for $30 through April 2. After that, the price goes up to $40. Tickets will not be available at the door of the venues.
A portion of ticket sales will benefit Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour.
Many of the artists are planning to play both nights, but the schedule won’t come out until the week of the festival. “You’ll have a couple chances to catch an artist,” Busby said.
“There’s a lot of festivals like this,” he said. “There’s a festival that I go to in Florida in January called the 30A Songwriters Festival, and that’s where we kind of borrowed this idea. Ours is on a much smaller scale. They do 25 rooms and 150 artists. It’s huge.”
Although smaller, Busby said the festival committee is trying to keep the entertainment quality high. All music is original and not covers of other artists, Busby said.
“We’ve got artists coming from Nashville, Tennessee, Oklahoma, from various places across the country,” he said. “And then we’re also bringing in some regional and local acts, as well. We want it to be a storytelling opportunity for the artists, so it needs to be an appreciative audience so the artists can present their songs and be heard.”
Talks of bringing a music event to Seymour started in 2015 with the Vision 2025 project, an initiative to get young professionals involved in making positive changes in Seymour. Busby chairs the Vision 2025 music committee. Other members are Arann Banks, Darnell Dukes, Becky Schepman, Joe Persinger, Roland Freeman and Shane Busby.

Hot, Smoky Fire Punctures Lee’s Tire & 4×4

A blackened exterior on the north side of Lee’s Tire resulted from an apparent trash fire that set stacks of old tires ablaze.

A Crothersville business is closed seeking an alternative location to re-open after a fire last Tuesday, March 6. Brent Lee, owner of Lee’s Tire & 4×4 on US 31 south of town, said he is anxious to find a Crothersville location to get his tire business re-opened.
The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. last Tuesday, according to Crothersville-Vernon Township fire Chief Charles Densford.
“We had burned some boxes earlier in the morning and thought everything was out,” said Lee. “The wind had picked up later that morning and must have blown some smoldering cardboard into the junk tires we had stacked outside.”
Lee said he received a UPS delivery and the driver notified him of the smoke.
“We emptied our fire extinguishers on it but they weren’t enough,” he said.
“It was a hot, smoky fire,” said Densford. “There were seven fire departments that showed up to help with manpower and water.” In addition to the local department, Jackson-Washington and all five fire departments from Scott County showed up to help.
Fire departments were on the scene until shortly after 5 p.m.
While the steel building did not burn, it was heat and smoke from the burning tires that caused damaged to the building.
Heat from the tire fire caused hydraulic hoses to burst and plastic to melt in the shop, Lee said.
Bige E. Doyle, owner of the property, said the building is probably going to be a total loss. “The heat warped steel support beams and caused the gaskets around the roof fasteners to melt,” he said, estimating the loss at $80,000 to the building.
Loss to the contents of Lee’s Tire is still being calculated. “There’s a customer’s truck still on the lift that is probably a total loss from smoke and heat. And all of our power and pneumatic tools are useless,” said Lee.
Lee, who has been in business here since October 2009, is scrambling looking for another local location to re-open the tire business.
“I’ve got insurance to cover the equipment and business interruption insurance for me. But I have a couple of employees who are now out of work. They are relying on me for a paycheck and I need to get back open for business,” said Lee.

Paving Contract For 14 Streets In Crothersville Awarded

The Crothersville Town Council handled a variety of matters during their regular meeting last Tuesday, March 6.
All-Star Paving of Seymour was officially awarded the bid to pave 14 streets as a part of the state Community Crossroads grant awarded to the town last year.
The town was awarded up to$423,406 in state money to resurface local streets. All Star Paving of Seymour was the low bidder with a bid of $374,116.43.
The streets scheduled to be resurfaced in Crothersville under the grant in 2018 include:
•East Street from Moore to and including Virginia Court.
•West Street from Moore to East Street.
•Bethany Road from Howard Street to the southern town limits.
•Kovener Street from Main St. to Benham Ave.
•Park Avenue from Main to Benham,
•Rider Avenue from Bethany to Kovener
•Benham Ave. from Bethany Road to Kovener St.
•Jackson Street from Main St. to Coleman Ave.
•Bard Street from Seymour Road to Preston St.
•Walnut Street from Seymour Road to preston St.
•Oak Street from Seymour Road to Preston St.
•West Bard Street from Kovener St. west to town limits.
•West Walnut Street from Kovener St. west to town limits.
•Mill Street from Park Ave. to Kovener St.
Each street is to be milled 1 1/2 inches and a new asphalt surface applied.
Kevin Heilman, owner of All-Star Paving, said his company intends to begin work as soon as weather permits in the spring.
•The council unanimously approved making the Howard and Preston Street intersection in front of the school a three-way stop. Historically, Preston Street was a through street. Now, motorists traveling on the north-south street in front of the school will be stopping before proceeding.
•The council approved closing a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue from Main to Howard and the alley at the Crothersville Senior Citizens from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, for a Jackson County Library community event for youth in conjunction with the Red, White & Blue Festival.
•Agreed to partner with Crothersville Community Schools to cost share the expense of drug testing employees.
•Named Tiffany Reynolds to replace Chris Cooper on the Crothersville Parks Board.
•Agreed to develop a list of equipment available to share with the county and other communities in the county in the event of a need for disaster cleanup.
•Learned that installing streetlights at the recently approved Main Street Circle and Walnut Street extensions will cost about $31,000.

Wetland Day Program This Saturday At Muscatatuck Refuge

Everyone who enjoys wildlife is invited to come out and celebrate spring at the Wetland Day program at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, March 17.
There will be a Bird Walk at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for birdwatchers of all ages and abilities. Mid-March is usually a good time to observe visiting waterfowl at Muscatatuck.
A variety of fun activities for children will take place outside the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteer interpreters will be present on the Chestnut Ridge Trail.
A “Wetland Walk” will leave from the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and at noon will be a celebration of the 115th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge system. Wildlife resource information will also be available for teachers.
Muscatatuck is one of three National Wildlife Refuges in Indiana. The other two are Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge near Madison, and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge near Oakland City.

Cub Scout Serving Taco Dinner This Sunday

Crothersville Cub Scout Pack 522 will be serving a menu of Mexican food this Sunday, March 11, from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Crothersville Fire Station.
The south of the border menu will feature three different taco choices and three different sides.
Complete meals with desert and drink will cost adults $8 and kids $4.