Fowl Visitors

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Thousands of Snow Geese, along with a few hundred Sandhill Cranes, visited the Ewing Bottoms area of the White River west of Brownstown recently on their annual migration.
~photo by Tracie Kovener

Hamacher Hall Seeking Vendors For “Arts in the ‘Ville”

The Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association is seeking vendors for the May 6 “Arts om the ‘Ville” celebration of arts & crafts at Hamacher Hall.
The cost is $15 for a table (or outdoor space, as available, weather permitting).
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be provided for vendors.
“The Cultural Arts Center will be selling food items throughout the day, so no food vendors will be accepted,” said spokesperson Linda Seals. “This does not mean prepackaged items such as soup mixes, baking mixes, etc.”
“We have a new ramp to enter Hamacher Hall so loading and unloading should be easier,” she added.
To register for a table, or make inquiries contact Seals at 793-2322 or email

Public Notices

2016 Jackson Twp. AR

2016 Vernon Ann Rep

Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Jackson County, Indiana, that the proper legal officer of Jackson County at their regular meeting place at Jackson County Courthouse Annex, at 6:00 p.m. on the 15th day of March, 2017, will consider the following appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.

County General Fund
Personal Services                                75,000
Total County General Fund                   75,000
Supplemental Defender Fund
Personal Services                                 20,000
Total Supplemental Defender Fund       20,000
Rainy Day Fund
Other Services & Charges                  366,315
Total Rainy Day Fund                          366,315
Jackson County Visitor Center
Capital Outlays                                    19,969
Total Jackson County Visitor Center    19,969

Taxpayers appearing at the meeting shall have a right to be heard.  The additional appropriations as finally made will be referred to the Department of local Government Finance (DLGF). The DLGF will make a written determination as to the sufficiency of funds to support the appropriations made within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a Certified Copy of the action taken.
Dated: March 1, 2017
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Fiscal Officer
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PROJECT: Jackson County Judicial Center
LOCATION: Brownstown, IN
Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners of Jackson County will receive sealed bids under four (4) prime contracts; General Construction, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, to a Construction Manager for the construction of the new Jackson County Judicial Center.
The county has elected to move forward with the proposed construction of an approximately 38,000 sf new Judicial Center.  The new Judicial Center will be 2-stories with a partial basement structure to house the county courtrooms, court staff, clerk’s offices, prosecutor’s offices, and related ancillary functions.
Bids will be accepted at the office of the Jackson County Auditor, 111 South Main Street, Brownstown, IN 47220. Bids are due on Monday, March 20, 2017 by 4:00pm local time.
Bids will be opened and read during the March 21, 2017 County Commissioners Meeting to be held at 9:00am local time.
Bidders shall include with their bid, a bid deposit in the amount of 5% of the total bid in the form of a bank draft, certified check, money order or bid bond.  Bids shall be properly and completely executed on Revised Form No. 96 as required by the Statutes of Indiana.
After the Jackson County Commissioners have made an award to the successful bidder, the bid securities will be returned within thirty (30) days.  The bid security of the lowest acceptable bidder will be returned on request after the Jackson County Commissioners have made an award to the successful bidder and if satisfactory Payment and Performance Bonds have been delivered.
The Jackson County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any informalities or irregularities in the proposals received. In addition, Jackson County Commissioners reserve the right to accept any or all proposals which are deemed most favorable at the time and under the conditions stipulated in the Contract Documents.
Plans, specifications, bid forms and instructions to bidders are available at the following locations:
Repro Graphix – 437 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (For Purchase)
Garmong Office, 5988 Michigan Road, Indianapolis IN 46228 (For Viewing)
Documents can be viewed electronically through the Garmong Construction Services.  For access contact Steve Meier by email @ or by phone @ (317) 682-1001.
A Pre-Bid Conference will be on March 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Superior Court II, 220 E Walnut Street, Brownstown, Indiana, 47220.
Notice is hereby given per Indiana code section 4-13.6-5-8 “Solicitations of Sealed Bids; Public Notice”
Jackson County Commissioners
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CSO Community Notification
As required by 327 IAC 5-2.1-6(1) (Combined Sewer Overflow Public Notification Rule), the Town of Crothersville Wastewater Utility offers local media sources, affected public and other interested persons in and around the Crothersville area to provide information concerning frequency of overflow events that may be triggered by precipitation.  Any entity or individual desiring such information is requested to contact the Crothersville Wastewater Treatment Plant at (812) 793-2540, or, in writing, to the Wastewater Superintendent, Mason Boicourt, at 111 E. Howard Street Crothersville, Indiana.
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On or about July 7, 2017, the Town of Crothersville intends to apply to the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority for a grant from the State Community Development Block Grant Program.  This program is funded by Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.  These funds are to be used for economic development, public facilities, and housing developments.  The purpose of this application shall be for an Aging in Place Housing Rehabilitation grant program to assist homes within the corporate limits of Crothersville, Indiana.
The Town of Crothersville will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Crothersville Senior Center, located at 114 E. Main Street, Crothersville, IN, to provide citizens an opportunity to express their views on community development and housing needs, past community development and housing activities, and the proposed new owner occupied rehabilitation grant program. In previous years, 2001, 2011 and 2015, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for Homeowner Repair and Improvement program activities. In 2010, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for a sanitary sewer project. In 2014, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for a Comprehensive Plan. In 2016, the town was awarded Community Development Block Grant funds for a Storm Drainage Improvements project.
Records regarding the account of these beneficiaries and funds are available from the Crothersville Clerk-Treasurer, 111 E. Howard St., Crothersville, Indiana.  Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement.  A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared and is available to the public.  The application will be available for review and comment on June 30, 2017.
Information concerning the proposed development may be obtained from the Trena Carter, Administrative Resources association, 812-376-9949, 748 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m.).
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Notice of Public Hearing Upon Petition for Variance under the master plan zoning ordinance of Jackson County, Indiana.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Zoning Appeals of Jackson County, IN on the 14th day of March, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST, at the Jackson County Planning & Zoning Office located at 202 E. Walnut St., Brownstown, IN will conduct a public hearing upon petition for a Variance under the Master Plan Zoning Ordinance of Jackson County, Indiana.
Interested persons may appear in person or by counsel to present their views upon the proposed variance. Written suggestions or objections to this variance may be filed with the Secretary of the County Plan Commission at, or before the hearing and will be considered by the County Plan Commission.
The hearing may be continued from time to time as the Commission may deem necessary. A copy of the petition of the variance is on file in the office of the BZA at 202 E. Walnut St., Brownstown, IN for public examination. 812-358-6109.
The Nature of the Requested Variance is:
Varying from current Agricultural Zoning Classification to sale use cars, trailers, and miscellaneous farm equipment.
Made by Max Lambring in Brownstown Township and more fully described as Sec. 28, T 6 N., R 5 E.
By order the Board of Zoning Appeals of Jackson County, IN
Conner J. Barnette
Board Secretary & Building Commissioner
Sherry Bridges
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Frogs…In February?!?!?

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

What a difference a few weeks make.
In January I needed jumper cables for a jump start because of the weather. In late February with the sun shining brightly and the thermometer outside the wilderness window almost bumping 70° the batteries in my mini-SUV and my psyche are re-charged and raring to go.
The daffodils planted in the valley and along the lane have greened up and there is rapid bud swell. Some of the soft maple trees are beginning to show some slight red on the branch tips as their buds prepare to swell as well. The ferns placed in the basement to overwinter are sending up curled tendrils of new growth well before their natural forest cousins have dared think of sending up green.
The spearmint sitting next to the basement ferns has greened up as well and there is lanky growth leaning into the sunlight.
Outside, as I pulled weeds that took over last year’s herb garden, I was pleasantly surprised to see chives already growing.
As if they were thumbing their noses at the early February groundhog, I heard spring peepers down by the lake more than a month before the spring solstice. And to beat all, dodged a few frogs on the roadway as I drove home from an evening meeting.
Frogs…in February…in Indiana?!?!?
I had some gleaned ear corn that I shelled and scattered for the turkeys down in the meadow. Though I think Emma the Great Pyrenees thinks deer and turkey are an invading force and she is constantly on patrol protecting her property and her humans…oh, and Willow the camouflaged cat.
Mother Nature’s critters seemed anxious to be out and welcome the warmer temperatures. A fly crawled along the dock and took flight when I reached down to see how active it really was. Not to be outdone by the fly, a cricket moved, albeit slowly, along the edge of the water. And the bluegill of the lake swam at the surface seeking a handout of fish food…which I obliged.
But the warm February weather doesn’t always bring out the good. A tiny tick was removed from Emma’s fur. And, alas, while enjoying the unseasonably warm weather from the back deck (while also enjoying a chilled adult beverage), I swatted a mosquito attempting to dine on me.
What with the warming temperatures…yes, I know it’s just February & there’s more cold weather a comin’ (and might already be here by the time you read this)…I have a bunch of chores planned: spread round some more fertilizer, get some wildlife planting seed in the ground for later turkey & deer browse, pull the weeds in the mulch pile to use for the raise bed gardens, cut up some downed trees for next season’s fireplace wood…
With all of that to do, I’m not sure when I will find time for work at the newspaper. Except to inspire a column or two.


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