March Storms Roar Into Area Causing Damage

Storm Leaves Damage In Its Path

Storm Leaves Damage In Its Path

Straightline winds toppled a large pine tree onto a Ford Ranger at the Steven Barnes residence at 409 W. Main Street last Wednesday morning.
Several structures throughout the area sustained damage by high winds.

Weather folklore is that March is a lion and an lamb: if it comes in as a lion it will go out as a lamb and vice versa.
That may be of some comfort to those whose homes and property were damaged by the high winds and rain which roared into the area early Wednesday morning, March 1.
Several isolated buildings suffered from mild damage to total destruction in Crothersville and Vernon Township.
Crothersville schools were on a 2-hour delay as a result of the storm.
South of Crothersville trees were broken and uprooted causing traffic problems on US 31, I-65 & some county roads.
As bad as the damage was in the Crothersville area, power was out in Seymour for more than 24 hours as Duke energy crews were busy repairing electrical poles damaged by the wind and the results of a fire at an electrical substation.
Along with the high winds came a large amount of rain which resulted in low lying roadways in the area to become flooded and closed to traffic by road officials.

Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge To Hire for Summer Youth Program

The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four high school students this summer as part of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The program will runs eight weeks from June 5 to July 28. Applicants must be U.S. citizens from 15 to 18. Successful applicants will be paid the Indiana minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge consists of approximately 7,800 acres of forests, wetlands, and grasslands.  It is one of over 550 national wildlife refuges and is located in Jackson and Jennings Counties, along Highway 50 between Seymour and Hayden.
Projects to be completed during the summer include trail maintenance, habitat restoration/improvement, facility maintenance, vehicle maintenance, invasive species control, along with environmental education opportunities.
Enrollees will do hard physical work and may be exposed to insects, poison oak and ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions.
For more information visit to download a copy of the YCC application.
Applications must be received on or before April 15 and can be mailed or delivered in person to Muscatatuck NWR, 12985 E. U.S. Hwy 50, Seymour, IN 47274.
YCC recruits will be randomly selected from applicants in early May. After selections are made, there will be an orientation for the enrollees at the refuge to complete the necessary employment paperwork.
For more information regarding the YCC positions, call the Refuge office at (812) 522-4352.

Senior Citizens Financial Seminar & Dinner March 30

As we begin to age, most people put off dealing with financial issues until it’s too late. Schneck Foundation and Jackson County Bank are hosting Changing Places: Planning for Your Future.
At the program participants will learn about retirement planning, advance directives, funeral planning, long-term care insurance, and trusts. Speakers include:
•Trina Hanner, Beacon Wealth
•Luke Nolting, Spurgeon Funeral Home
•Bruce Werskey, Western Southern Life
•Denise Connell, Montgomery, Elsner and Pardieck Law Office
•Brandon Hunsley, Jackson County Bank
Changing Places: Planning for Your Future will be held on Thursday, March 30 at Pewter Hall, 850 West Sweet Street, Brownstown.
A resource fair will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the program from 6 to 8 p.m.
Participants are invited to a complimentary dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
To make your reservation for this free program, contact the Schneck Foundation at 812-524-4245 or Seating is limited; early reservations are recommended

Public Notices

2016 Town Annual Report

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2016 County Annual


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
3/1, 3/8    hspaxlp

The Wisdom Of Others

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

“There is very little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude,” penned W. Clement Stone. Frequently we have found that there are profound truth in simple sentences or phrases composed by others. The following are some thoughts on life; some penned by the famous, some by the obscure.
“Nobody forgets where he buried the hatchet.”     ~Kin Hubbard
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
~Mark Twain
“A bore is a person who talks when you want him to listen.”
~Ambrose Bierce
“No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.”
~Linus Van Peeble from Charles Schultz ‘Peanuts’
Time heals of wounds but “times wounds all heels” according to Jane Ace.
“I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.”     ~Gildna Radner
“The perils of duck hunting are great, especially for the duck.”     ~Walter Cronkite
“A retentive memory may be a good thing but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.”      ~Elbert Hubbard.
“Most of us grew up poor and didn’t know it. Today, if you are poor, the government never lets you forget it.”        ~Paul Harvey
“Always select the right sort of parents.”    ~George Ade
“Man does not live by words alone, although he sometimes must eat them.”              ~Adlai Stevenson
“The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.”    ~Frank Lloyd Wright
There is even wisdom for our current White House administration:
“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”    ~Abigail Van Buren
“The first quality of a good education is good manners.”    ~Hubert H. Humphrey
“If humility speaks for itself, it is gone.”    ~Rev. D.L. Moody
“When in doubt, tell the truth.”    ~Mark Twain


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