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Red, White & Blue Festival Royalty

online RWB royalty
Baron Riley and Zoe Bowman were crowned the Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival Prince & Princess prior to opening ceremonies on Thursday. Baron is the son of Bobby & Susie Riley; Zoe is the daughter of Courtney Densford & Josh Hodge.
Left to right are Prince 1st runner up Jackson Robinette, Prince Baron Riley, Princess Zoe Bowman, Princess 2nd runner-up Brooke Goebel, Princess 1st runner-up Makaila Hollan.

Community’s 42nd Patriotic Festival Enjoys Perfect Weather

Not too hot, not too humid, and a gentle breeze blowing each day made a comfortable time for crowds to take in the past weekend’s Red, White & Blue Festival.
“The weather was perfect,” said festival director Sherry Bridges who has seen the community event swelter under hot & humid weather, three days of rain, and one year, nearly blown away by a tornado.
“We had good crowds every day and a record crowd on Friday,” she said. “I love hearing the crowd roar when the fireworks are finished. Zambelli does a great job.”
For those who think ahead, Bridges said next year’s festival will be June 7-9, 2018.
The Red, White & Blue Festival Parade had 36 entries, according to organizer Marion Gill
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, agents Patty Martin & Jackie Hare, was judged Best Overall parade entry
Other division winners included:
Float: Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1925
Marching Unit: Boy Scouts #522
Commercial Unit: Crothersville Police Dept.
Animal Unit: Rescue Ryder K9 Education
Bike/4 Wheeler: Patrick Sweazy
Antique Car/Truck: Baa Baa Black Jeep owned by Mark Thurman Gill
Antique Tractor: Dustin Metz with a 1953 IH Farmall Super M
Horse Hitch Team: Caudill Farms, James & Sandra Caudill, Belgian Draft Horses
Liberty and Freedom Red, White, and Blue 5-K Run/Walk was run on Saturday. Ben Rusch won the event with a time of 18:10.
Other competitors include:
2. Ethan Fugate, 18:12
3. Chase Rusch 19:34
4. Xavier Rane, 20:57
5. Steven Bellamy, 21:47
6. Conner Neace, 21:47
7. Sticky (Anthony) Hall, 22:07
8. Steve Plasse, 25:16
9. John Riley, 26:34
10. Joshua Lewis, 27:50
11. Elijah Plasse, 30:12
12. Colton Peacock, 30:38
13. Braden Peacock, 42:31
14. Nicole Spencer, 49:56
15. Kayla Mason, 53:50
16. Abby Freeman, 53:50
Nick Tatlock won the adult division in the Porkburger eating contest while Elijah Plasse took the honors in the youth division.
Pet & Bike Parade winners were: Mason Scrogham, Austin Cook, and Gavin Wiesman.
Amanda Gorbett won the cake baking contest and Debra Jones took first in the pie division.
Saturday’s Bubble Gum Contest was won by Hunter Bean, blowing the largest bubble. Second place went to Tristian Tatlock and Ean Tatlock took third place.
Thursday’s Baby Contest was another big crowd attraction. Winners were:
Birth to 3 months: Boys, 1st, Maverick Densford son fo Chance & Tinisha Densford of Austin; 2nd, Otis Densford son of Charles & Tina Densford of Crothersville; Girls, 1st Lilah McIntosh daughter of Sylan McIntosh and Ally Burchett of Austin; 2nd Aleigha Shewmaker daughter of Kristen Cruthers of Crothersville.
4-6 Months: Boys, 1st Landon Austin, son of Eric & Stephanie Austin of Seymour; 2nd Berkeley McCrady son of Erica McCrady & Greg Couch of Scottsburg. Girls: 1st Serenity Sizemore daughter of David & Savannah Sizemore of Crothersville; 2nd Layla Couch, daughter of Alyssa & Brandon Couch of Austin.
7-12 months: Boys, 1st Lucas Orrill son of David & Tiffany Orrill of Paris Crossing; 2nd Sebastian Pike son of Jerry & Brandi Pike of Scottsburg. Girls: 1st Madalyn Gay daughter of Gavin & Hilliary Gay of Crothersville; 2nd Hannah Lewis, daughter of Chrisley & Rachel Lewis of Seymour.
13-24 Months: Boys, 1st Oliver Bowling son of Dustin & Rachael Bowling of Austin; 2nd Camden Spencer son of Todd & Rachelle Spencer of Jeffersonville. Girls: 1st Ansley Williams daughter of Chance & Kylinda Williams of Seymour; 2nd Natalie Newman daughter of Shay Seal of Scottsburg.
25-36 Months: Boys, 1st Emerson Lester son of Sage Lacey of Seymour; 2nd Wyatt Henderson son of James & Leeza Riley of Austin. Girls: 1st Emryne Bowling, daughter of Casey & Hannah Bowling of Seymour; 2nd Lela Stout, daughter of Blaine Stout of Seymour.
37-48 Months: Boys, 1st Kase Gasser, son of Brian & Brittany Gasser of Scottsburg. Girls: 1st Delaney Smith, daughter of Amber Smith and Shawn Kendall of Seymour; 2nd Laikyn LaMaster daughter of Ashley LaMaster of Scottsburg.
Twins: 1st Kaylee & Haylee Sizemore, daughters of David & Savannah Sizemore of Crothersville.
The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival would like to thank our corporate sponsors, Aisin Drivetrain, Aisin Chemical, Cerro Wire, The Peoples Bank, Rumpke, Schneck Medical Center, Bob Poynter GM, Radio 96.3, Huffine Tool & Supply, Rose Acre Farms, Stewart-Hoagland Funeral Home and FBPH of North Vernon.

Residents Complain About Speeding, Traffic Congestion

Speeding vehicles and after school traffic congestion were among the complaints raised by residents during last week’s Crothersville Town Council meeting.
Rita Brandenburg said the speed limit on Kovener Street is 30 mph which she called “excessive” for a residential area.
“The speed limit may be 30 but they drive faster than that and someone’s child could get hit,” she told the council.
“We went through all of the posted speed limits in town four years ago and made changes where necessary,” said council president Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson. “Maybe it isn’t a matter speed limits but enforcement.”
“Speeding is a problem but lower speed limits won’t help,” said councilman Bob Lyttle. “Officers need to set in the trouble spots and ticket the offenders.”
He added,” Certainly (vehicle-pedestrian) accidents can happen but parents need to control and oversee their kids’ activity to help prevent them from being hit by cars.”
Councilman Chad Wilson agreed saying the council should work with the police department to step up enforcement of current speed laws.
In a related traffic matter, James & Debby Martin of East Main Street Circle complained about parents speeding around their street jockeying for a place in line to pick up their children after school.
The subdivision is located just east of the elementary school entrance.
“Parents drive around our subdivision like it’s a race track and then park in front of houses blocking driveways waiting for school to let out,” said Jim Martin. “It’s unsafe and a nuisance.”
Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey, who also works in the school’s central office, said the school has no official policy about where parents should wait to pick their up children after school.
“Parents want to be near the front of the line so they or their kids have to wait. It has just sort of unofficially evolved that parents use Main Street and Main Street Circle to line up,” she said, adding that the school could look at formulating an after school line-up policy but they lack enforcement.
To help alleviate the school traffic/residential problem the council directed town attorney Jeff Lorenzo to draw up an ordinance prohibiting parking or idling on Main Street or Main Street Circle.
In a downtown matter, Council President Robinson said that an asbestos inspection of the Ashley Foundry buildings would cost the town $500.
“Ashley has agreed to sell to the town for a dollar the two dilapidated buildings to the north,” said Robinson. “But before we should get bids to tear them down or proceed further we need to know if there is any asbestos in the buildings.”
The Ashley buildings, on the east side of Armstrong in the center of downtown, have been the subject of discussion by the town’s unsafe building committee and with its boarded up windows and collapsing roof is considered by the committee as unsafe and unsightly for the downtown.
Town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH said before the town accepts any offer to sell, “There are other due diligence that would be required. You don’t want to buy property that has environmental issues underground.”
“And a title search would be needed to determine if there any liens or mortgages on the properties,” added town attorney Jeff Lorenzo.
The council voted 4-1 to proceed with an asbestos inspection. Councilman Bob Lyttle voted no commenting, “Why do we have to bail out people who cause the mess?”
In other matters the council:
•Heard an update on a $220,000 Community Development Housing Grant. Currently there are 11 applicants and we can do up to 18 homes, said grant administrator Trena Carter of Ara. “This is an ‘aging in place’ grant allowing senior citizens to stay in their homes,” she said. The council approved a local contribution of $4,500 toward the grant consideration.
•Heard a report from town engineer Brad Bender that six contractors have picked up bid packets for the stormwater improvement grant work. Bids are to be opened and reviewed on June 28.
•Clerk-Treasurer Terry Richey announced that the town employees’ health insurance premium would increase 6.8% next year.
•Approved spending $1,500 for 20 new chairs for public seating in the council meeting room.

Crothersville Couple To Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

John & Clarice Nehrt

John & Clarice Nehrt

Mr.  & Mrs. John Nehrt of Crothersville will observe their 70th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2017.  John and the former Clarice Kovener were married June 21, 1947 at Immanuel United Church of Christ by the Rev. Eugene Bickel.  Mr. & Mrs. E. Lynn Kiewit served as best man and matron of honor.
John and Clarice are the parents of three children: Mike (Deb) Nehrt of Rock Springs, Georgia, Cindy (the late Mike) Cozart of Crothersville and Holly (Kevin) Foster of Seymour; five grandchildren, Tracy Graviet, Neal Nehrt, Julie Cozart, Devin (Carol) Cozart and Drew Foster and three great-grandchildren, Paige Graviet, Michael Cozart and Dale ‘Mitchell’ Cozart.
The couple have lived on West Main Street in Crothersville for the last 70 years and also attended the church in which they were married serving on numerous boards, teaching Sunday school and playing the organ until it closed in 2016.

Patrol Ponderings



by Emma the Great Pyrenees
While the Editor was busy with Red, White & Blue Festival coverage, I was tickled when asked to write a guest column for a newspaper. What a treat!
Oh, did I say “tickled?” I meant to say, “I itch. Badly. Usually in the area around my tail. Would you please scratch it?”
And as for a treat, well, I’ve always got room in my belly for a good fried egg…
But I guess I’d better forget about all that for a bit while I tell you about the topic on which I happen to be an expert: security. You see, I’m the guard dog for a secluded wilderness retreat infested with all sorts of threats like deer, turkey, raccoons, and don’t even get me started on those seed stealers that visit what my humans call “bird feeders.”
Like all Great Pyrenees, I work the night shift. My humans call it being “nocturnal.” At least that’s what I hear them mumble as one climbs out of bed at night to turn on the fan. I’ve been meaning to ask them how they expect to hear my warning barks if they turn the fan on high and fall back asleep? Oh well, it’s my job to keep them safe, and you’ve probably figured out I take that seriously as I run up and down the ridge, circling the house all through those dangerous, dark hours, barking.
My humans insist that there’s no danger: silly, sweet, well-intentioned people. I just shake my head and smile at them. They don’t hear the other dog about five miles up the road that’s barking. That’s a danger that could escalate in a hurry if I didn’t tell him I’m on guard and he’d better stay off my land. Then there are those noisy diesel engines going up and down the road a few ridges away. Trouble is always one missed warning bark away. My motto, and the motto of my kind, is “constant vigilance.” (My humans get that wrong too; they call it, “constant barking.”)
Sometimes, just before I fall asleep during the day, my people tell me the story of the Great Pyrenees. They say my kind were bred in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain by farmers who needed big, strong, smart dogs to guard their livestock from bears and wolves. Since we often spent many days by ourselves, we got used to making decisions on our own. I think I’m lucky because I’ve heard tell some dogs can’t do this and must follow things called “commands” from their humans that are learned during some awful ritual called “obedience training.” That’s enough to make a girl shudder.
Another perk to being a Great Pyrenees is that our kind has what my people call a good dash of “flash and dazzle.” I think this has something to do with the way I look as well the way our thick, often white hair doesn’t cling to the dirt we collect as we work, no matter how cooling that mud compress might be that I worked so hard to apply while down at the creek.
They also say Great Pyrenees are known for being stubborn.
But I don’t think they’re right on that one, either. Humans – gotta love them, huh?