Spring Beauties

online crocusEarly spring flowers of daffodils, grape hyacinths, and crocus like these are doing their best to brighten the community and usher in the spring garden planting season.
Area gardeners itching to get their hands dirty and fertilize their green thumb are reminded that the traditional frost free date in Southern Indiana is still six weeks away on May 10.

~photo by Tracie Kovener

Conservation Club Frying Fish This Saturday

The Tri-County Conservation Club of Crothersville will hold their monthly Fish Fry & Chili Supper this Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The menu will consist of fish sandwiches, chili, french fries, desserts and drinks.
Call in orders can be made by calling 812-498-4447.  The club is located on Co. Ro. 800 S, southwest of Crothersville.
Club memberships are available for $5-$15.
The club can be rented for your meeting, reunion or family gathering for $50.
For more information contact Sandy at 812-793-2014 or Brian at 812-498-4447.

Electronics Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Document Shredding April 15.

There will be a special combination electronics recycling, household hazardous waste collection and document shredding for Jackson County residents from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15 at the Cummins 4th Street parking lot.
The event is being organized by the Jackson County Recycling District.
Acceptable electronics for recycling includes televisions, computers, printers, audio equipment, cell phones, etc.
Household hazardous waste includes residential cleaning and lawn chemicals, oil, oil-based paint, varnishes. Latex based paints are not permitted.
Personal documents, such as old bank records, financial forms, receipts and the like can be securely shredded for recycling during the event.
This special event is for Jackson County residents only. Participants should expect to show driver’s license or government issued ID to prove county residency.
For more information call the Jackson County Recycling District 812-358-4277

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Public Notices

2016 School Performance

Notice is hereby given that Jackson County, lndiana, acting by and through its Board of Commissioners, will receive sealed bids at the Office of the Auditor, Jackson County Courthouse, Brownstown, lndiana, until 4:00 pm on Monday April 17, for the 2017 Resurfacing Program.
At the hour of 9 AM local time on Tuesday April 18, 2017 all bids for this work will be opened and read aloud in the Jackson County Annex aL220 East Walnut Street, Brownstown, lndiana.
Bids shall be unit price for all work called for in the contract documents and submitted on the forms prescribed including and submitting on the forms prescribed including the State Board of Accounts Form No. 96 (Revised 2009).
The bidder must file with their sealed bid, a certified check or bid bond in the amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid, payable to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The above check or bid bond is to ensure the execution of the contract on which such bid is made.
The contractor to whom the work is awarded will be required to furnish, before commencing work, a performance, maintenance and pavement, bond in the amount equal to the bid price of the contract awarded to said contractor, and certificates of all insurance required by specifications.
The contract documents are on file for public inspection at:
Jackson County Highway Department
360 South County Road 25 East
Brownstown, lndiana 47220
A copy of the contract documents may be obtained at the County Highway Department at no charge to the contractor. Any questions should be directed to Jerry Ault, County Highway Supervisor at 812-358-2226.
The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County reserves the right to reject any and all bids and the right to waive any informality in the bidding process.
Jackson County Auditor
Mrs. Kathy Hohenstreiter
Jackson County 2017 Resurfacing Program
3/22, 3/29     hspaxlp

CAUSE NO. 36C01-1702-MI-0018
The Peoples Bank of Brownstown
Jeff McClintock and
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
To: The Defendant named above, including their successors or assigns, whose identities and whereabouts are unknown.
Notice is hereby given that on February 22, 2017, there was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Petition to Obtain Title to a Motor Vehicle and Praecipe for Summons by Publication on the Defendants, whoever they may be, showing that the identities and whereabouts of Jeff McClintock, including his Successors or Assigns, are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
Jeffrey J. Lorenzo
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
3/15, 3/22, 3/29   hspaxlp

While Contemplating Tax Increases Consider Sin

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

Last week I vented on being carded for proof of age when buying alcohol. It must have worked because over the weekend I made purchases of adult beverages without being asked to prove I was an adult.
As we are all aware, funding the cost of healthcare is on every elected officials mind along with funding roadways and bridges. The legislature is looking at some form of a gas tax & BMV fee increase that would go to resurface roads and make for safe bridges.
So while on the subject of funding for necessities, should we consider raising the taxes on alcohol?
It’s an idea that legislators should give some thought as they mull over ways to pay for health-care related expenses — particularly when looking at investing in mental health and addiction treatment.
Currently, 50% of the revenue collected from the alcohol excise tax is distributed to the state general fund, with the remaining 50% being allocated to cities and towns according to a formula based on population.
During fiscal year 2016, Indiana collected $48.3 million in alcohol excise tax revenue, according to the state’s 2016 taxes, revenues and appropriations handbook.
Among our 50 states’ excise taxes on alcohol, Indiana ranks 24th highest for liquor, 33rd highest for wine and 40th highest for beer, according to information found at salestaxhandbook.com.
For reference on another ‘sin tax’ at 99¢ per pack, Indiana ranks 37th highest in cigarette taxes. Nationwide, the average state cigarette tax is $1.69 per pack.
According to the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addictions, at least 50% of Hoosiers drink alcohol, although not all of them are regular drinkers. (This number could be higher if Baptists would not “bear false witness” in their answers.)
So who would pay? As it turns out, in a number of studies conducted in the past 10 years, construction workers and those in the food and beverage industries rank in the top occupations for smoking (around 30%) and for heavy alcohol consumption (11.8-17.5%).
When studies break groups down into specific professions, lawyers and doctors typically rank fourth and fifth as occupations with the highest amount of alcohol consumption.
Lawmakers (quite a few of which are attorneys) should look at alcohol excise taxes when looking for additional funding.
The studies did not indicate just where those in the newspaper industry rank in alcohol consumption. But as regular readers will know, I am not a closet drinker.
We thank the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly for their research inspiring this week’s column.