Crothersville Woman Charged After Man Found Dead

A 26-year-old Crothersville woman was charged with obstruction of justice following a death investigation north of Crothersville, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Mattie Joann Kendall

Mattie Joann Kendall

Last Thursday, May 11, the Indiana State Police responded to a report of deceased person at a residence on County Road 500 South, just north of Crothersville.
The investigation, being conducted by Indiana State Police Detectives, began around 10 a.m., when troopers were called to 10806 East County Road 500 South after a family member found Clarence Howard, 51, deceased inside the home. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Mattie Joann Kendall, 26, of Crothersville, altered the scene and left residence before detectives could speak with her.
Kendall was later found to be walking along I-65 near Crothersville.  After speaking with detectives, Kendall was arrested on a charge of Obstruction of Justice, a Level 6 Felony.  She was booked into the Jackson County Jail at 5:13 p.m. to await her initial court appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
An autopsy was conducted on Clarence Howard, authorities reported. The autopsy and toxicology results are pending at this time for final determination of cause of death. Foul play is not suspected in his death at this time, Wheeles said.

Bard Street Park ‘May Funfest’ This Saturday

Crothersville Parks Board will hosting May Funfest this Saturday, May 20, at Bard Street Park from noon to 5 p.m. “There will be something for everyone,” said Danieta Foster, spokesperson for the Crothersville Parks Board, the event organizer.
The Lunch Box of Crothersville will be at the park selling carnival foods.
Events include the Crothersville Police Dept will be promoting bicycle safety, the Crothersville Fishing Team will have a “fish pond” for fishing, the Parks Board will be providing a bounce house and 21 foot inflatable slide for the youngsters.
There will be face painting and carnival games and various vendors will be set up demonstrating and selling their products.
For $1 a chance, residents can take a turn throwing pitches at the dunking booth getting volunteers wet. So far scheduled to be in the dunk booth are Chief of Police Brent Turner, Officer Chris Cooper, County Reserve Officer Charlie Murphy, town councilman Chad Wilson and town utility worker Nick Tatlock will spend some time in the booth taunting residents to try to dunk them, said Foster.
For residents who enjoy gardening, the school greenhouse will be open special hours during ‘May Funfest’ on Saturday.
A wide variety of vegetable and flowering plants are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The school greenhouse is open during school hours of 8-3 each day school is in session in May.

Lady Tigers To Be Red, White & Blue Festival Parade Marshals

The history setting, Crothersville Lady Tigers basketball team—the first in the school’s history to win a sectional—will be the parade marshals for the 42nd Red, White & Blue Festival parade on Saturday, June 10, according to parade organizer Marion Gill.
Registrations for the parade are currently being accepted.
“We are excited to be holding Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival for 42 years and having the history setting Lady Tigers taking part adds to exciting festivities,” said Gill.
Area residents and groups wishing to participate can obtain a registration form by contacting Gill at 812-216-8146, emailing or by writing her at PO Box 42, Crothersville, IN 47229
The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. from Bard Street Park and will head west to US 31, then south to Moore Street, the east to Preston, then north on Preston through the festival grounds.

Police Investigating Skimming Scam At Austin Fuel Mart

The Indiana State Police are investigating a scam involving a skimming device at the Fuel Mart Truck Stop next to Interstate at Exit #34, in Austin.
According to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin, on Tuesday, May 9, the operators of the truck stop contacted the Indiana State Police stating they had located a card skimming device on gas pump #3 at the station.
“The device was immediately removed and has since been secured in evidence at the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg,” Goodin said. “However, it is unknown how long the skimming device was on the gas pump but owners believe it had been there since at least May 1.”
Anyone who purchased fuel at this gas station and thinks their credit or debit card may have been compromised contact the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, at 812-246-5424, Goodin said.

Is The Goal Still To Make Health Care Affordable?

No one can be certain how the average American will be affected by the health care bill approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives.
That’s because the measure has not yet been analyzed by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, something critics say should have been a necessary first step.
Nevertheless, we know the bill’s key provisions.
According to a report from National Public Radio, the measure would eliminate penalties for failing to buy health insurance. It also would eliminate the requirement that those using federal tax credits buy insurance through the marketplaces created under Obamacare.
Instead, the measure would encourage people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions as long as their insurance didn’t lapse. If coverage were interrupted for more than 63 days, insurers would be able to charge a 30% penalty for a year.
The bill would eliminate income-based tax credits and replace them with age-based credits ranging from $2,000 a year for people in their 20’s to $4,000 a year for those older than 60.
An interactive map put together by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows the impact in 2020 for individuals across the country.
As a general rule, younger people would save money under the plan, while older people would pay more.
The map shows a 40-year-old making $50,000 a year in Jackson County would save $3,000 under the proposed bill, seeing his or her share of annual premiums drop from $4,010 to $1,010 after the $3,000 tax credit. A 60-year-old with the same income, meanwhile, would see premiums go up 46% from the Affordable Care Act to $7,430 after the $4,000 tax credit under the American Health Care Act.
You can find a bunch of other numbers— and lots of other information about the proposed new law— by visiting the foundation’s website at
From what I can tell, the impact seems hardest for those at the bottom of the economic ladder.
According to the foundation’s map, a Jackson County resident making $20,000 a year pays a premium of $960, or about 5 percent of annual income under the Affordable Care Act.
Under the recently House approved American Health Care Act, the same person earning that same amount would pay $1,190, or about 6 percent of annual income. A 60-year-old with the same income would pay $8,040, or more than 40% of his or her annual income.
That seems unsustainable.
The bill maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but it allows states to opt out. States could apply for waivers that would allow insurance companies to charge older people more than five times what they charge younger people for the same policy, and they could eliminate the so-called essential health benefits, including maternity care and mental health coverage.
The bill would also allow insurance companies to offer policies with annual and lifetime benefit limits, options that are banned under the Affordable Care Act.
The bill does require states to provide a way for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage, and it allocates up to $138 billion over 10 years to fund such programs. But analysis released this week by Avalere Health concluded that that amount wouldn’t be enough to provide full coverage for those with pre-existing conditions now buying insurance through the individual market.
Say what you will about Obamacare, but the law’s goal was to make medical care available to everyone.
Does that remain the goal of the law’s replacement? If so, the measure seems to be coming up short.
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Kelly Hawes, of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star contributed to the research for this column.

Public Notices


The Town of Crothersville requests proposals for the fee contingent provision of grant administration technical assistance services appropriate to the implementation of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority.
A copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), Selection Criteria, and Ranking Criteria is available from Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229, or by calling (812) 793-2311 during regular business hours.   Following are the criteria and weight for evaluating proposals: Similar Program Experience (30 pts), Full Range of Services (25 pts.), Past Record Performance (20 pts.), Time Capacity Limitations (15 pts.) and Proposed Fee (10 pts.).
Proposals must be received at the above address by close of business Friday, June 2, 2017, or they will be returned unopened.  Federal affirmative action and equal employment opportunity provisions apply to this project, and there is a 10% MBE/WBE goal.
Contact the Crothersville Town Hall for additional information regarding the proposed CDBG project during regular business hours at (812) 793-2311.
Lenvel Robinson
Town Council President
Town of Crothersville
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