A pair of mature Bald Eagles perch on a deadwood snag while hunting in a secluded area of Jackson County. Since their re-introduction in 1985, the emblem of our nation have proliferated and even though their sightings are more frequent, they are, none-the-less awe inspiring.
~photo by Tracie Kovener
An old-fashioned ice cream social will be held this Saturday, July 8, from 2 – 4 p.m., at Hamacher Hall. The Greater Crothersville community is invited to enjoy a free ice cream with assorted toppings, cookies, and soft drinks.
“While this is a free, family-friendly event, children should be accompanied by parents or adults responsible for them,” said Linda Seal, a spokesperson for the event.
This ice cream social is sponsored by the Crothersville Historical and Cultural Arts Association. Donations are always welcome, and are tax-deductible.
Hamacher Hall is located at 211 East Howard Street and is the site of events sponsored by the Association.
“We look forward to a large turnout from our community,” said Seal.
The annual meeting of TPB Bancorp, the parent company of The Peoples Bank, was held in the Data/Conference Center in Brownstown on April 10.
President Wm. Mark Norman told the shareholders that 2016 “was another successful year for The Peoples Bank, as dividends were $1.20 per share.”
Robert M. Branaman, Executive Vice President and CFO, recapped the bank statement for 2016. He noted the assets of the bank at the end of 2016 were $197,249,285 as compared to $193,918,056 at the end of 2015. Net income for 2016 was $1,134,486 compared to $1,110,554 in 2015. The earnings per share for 2016 were $2.30 compared to $2.25 in 2015. The total dividends for the Company totaled $592,912 or $1.20 per share in 2016.
Re-elected for three-year terms to the Board of Directors were Robert M. Branaman and Jeffrey A. Nierman.
During the meeting of the Board of Directors, the following officers were re-elected to TPB Bancorp as officers for the holding company: Donald L. Norman, Chairman of the Board; Wm. Mark Norman, President; Robert M. Branaman, Secretary/Treasurer; Deborah A. Roll, Recording Secretary.
Re-appointed as officers of The Peoples Bank were Wm. Mark Norman, President & CEO; Robert M. Branaman, Executive Vice President & CFO; M. Randall Butler, Vice President/Comptroller; Brian L. Sommers, Vice President/SR Loan Officer/Security Officer; Deborah A. Roll, Vice President/Administrative Assistant/Board Recording Secretary; Julie Cornett, Vice President/Auditor/Head Compliance Officer.
Mark Norman announced that Bryan Stahl was promoted to Vice President/Manager IT Services/Operations Officer and Michelle Taulman was promoted to Vice President/Loan Officer/Branch Operations.
Norman, also announced some department changes within The Peoples Bank.
Those changes includeded: Barbara Lewis, Branch Manager-Airport Road Office; Stephanie Hall, Loan Processor & Branch Manager-Crothersville; Lacey Montgomery, Assistant Branch Operations; Tori Ault, Loan Department Operations; Ashley Wilson, Loan Documentation Review; Lisa Reinhart, IT Processing/Electronic Banking; and Rebecca Hattabaugh, Loan Processor/Loan Officer Assistant.
by Curt Kovener
Nearly 20 years ago a Crothersville landmark came tumbling down. The original town water tower stood approximately 250’ west of the current town hall. Though, at the time, it was behind to old town hall which, like the old tower, is no longer a part of the town’s landscape.
To enlighten some of the newer immigrants to Crothersville of our history (and to refresh the memories of veteran locals), from the Curt Comments archives here is what was written after the tower stubbornly came down.
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There’s an empty space against the sky in Crothersville.
A major portion of a landmark which the majority local residents took for granted fell to earth with a resounding crash Thursday afternoon. The remnants were to be demolished early this week.
The water tower which for more than three quarters of a century served as the source of water pressure and volume for the 750 or so water utility customers in Crothersville went by way of the cutting torch.
And like many of the advancing age residents of Crothersville, it too, showed a stubborn streak in the end. The plan was to notch the tower and cut it from the opposite side to form a hinge and allow the top of the tank to plummet to earth.
The physics and the mechanics were all okay. But when tension was applied to topple the tank, the hinges started to work but then broke early and the tank wedged itself against it base. And then refused to budge.
Well over two tons of quarter-inch steel sat wedged at an angle more than 120 feet up in the air. It was more cutting and rearranging placement of a chain (and definitely more courage than most of us earthbound sidewalk superintendents had) and a couple of tire squalling tugs from a truck which finally brought the top of the tank to earth.
The tower hadn’t been used in more than a year when it was decommissioned in favor of the new 300,000 gallon tower constructed a block and a half to the north.
Erected in 1922 when the Crothersville Water Utility Company was formed, the 50,000 gallon high tower, just like other water towers in other communities, served as a source of identity for the community.
It had more coats of paint than most folks could remember. Through the years it had been a light blue, gray, and at one time was a patriotic red, white & blue.
For some Crothersville area teens and young adults, the water tower was a rite of passage. Many local youth foolishly climbed the 140-foot tower to prove adulthood. It wasn’t manhood, because some girls were known to have climbed the diagonal braces of the water tower legs.
To mark their territory or to evidence their thrill-seeking ways, names and dates were often spray painted on the tower for earthbound mortals to see.
Adding to the danger, the tower climbing was always done at night so to avoid detection by police and other adults.
More than one well known Crothersville personality not only climbed the tower but went atop the roof to sit on the metal ball at the apex of the cone. In one instance, his peers attested to his daring that night as they saw the intermittent glow of a cigarette he smoked while sitting atop Crothersville’s highest point possibly as he attempted to screw up enough courage to make the trip back down.
And the old tower served as home to thousands of pigeons over its lifetime.
I always thought the old tower could be put to some useful purpose, other than recycled into scrap metal.
Maybe placing a monstrously large spinning gyroscope on top of the tower’s ball would attract visitors to town. Or removing the top and planting flowers and promoting it as the worlds largest flower pot would have attracted sightseers to the community. Afterall, don’t folks know Greensburg in Ripley County as the courthouse with the tree growing from its roof?
But who would plant and who would maintain it and who would pay for the liability insurance all shot the ideas down.
So along with the original Crothersville Water Tower—like Crescent Mill, Crothersville Hardware & Schlueters Store, the multiple general and 5¢&10¢ stores at the stoplight corner, the bandsaw mill, Kern’s Grill, the plethora of grocery stores & restaurants—some of Crothersville’s history and heritage fades into oblivion only to be reminisced over coffee or occasional newspaper columns.
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS
OF ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS
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 19th day of July, 2017, will consider the following appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.
County General Fund
Other Services & Charges 11,750
General Fund 11,750
Cumulative Bridge Fund
Capital Outlays 114,103
Total Cumulative Bridge Fund 114,103
Jackson County Drug Free Grant
Other Services & Charges 33,473
Total Jackson County
Drug Free Grant 33,473
CHINS-Children In Need Fund
Personal Services 5,800
Children In Need Fund 5,800
Court Interpreter Grants
Other Services & Charges 2,000
Total Court Interpreter
Grants 2017 Fund 2,000
Supplemental Public Defender Fund
Personal Services 10,000
Public Defender Fund 10,000
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: July 5, 2017
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
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