Bethany Baptist Church to Observe 150th Anniversary

The Bethany Baptist Church will observe its sesquicentennial this Sunday, Sept. 10, with special services.

The church, located southwest of Crothersville was established in 1867.

The day will begin with special Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Following worship, a pitch-in dinner will be served then an afternoon of old-fashioned fun for members, guests, and children followed by special music.

Everyone who has participated, visited, past and present members, and pastors are encouraged to join in the special event and to share their memories of the church.

Bethany Baptist Church is located at the corner of 950 E & 800 S.

Prostate Cancer Screenings At Schneck

The Schneck Cancer Center will hold prostate cancer screening tests on Monday, Sept. 11, from 4-6 pm, at the Cancer Center. You must have a scheduled appointment to participate in the screening.

Prostate cancer strikes 1 in 7 American men and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 160,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported in the United States this year.

There is good news. If the cancer is found before it has spread outside the prostate, the 5-year relative survival rate is almost 100 percent. If the cancer has spread to tissues near the prostate, the survival rate is also nearly 100 percent. Thus, early detection is critical.

A man will be eligible for an early detection screening test, which includes prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal examination (DRE), if he is between 55 and 70 years of age and has not had a PSA blood test or DRE within the past 12 months.

“We want to encourage men in our communities to take advantage of this screening,” says Sally Acton, RN, BSN, OCN, MSM, Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services at Schneck. “This is a very beneficial test that unfortunately folks without a healthcare provider often go without.” You must have a scheduled appointment to participate in the screening and time slots are limited.

The screening test is for men who do not regularly have prostate exams and are not intended to be a replacement or substitution for regular visits to a physician. The American Cancer Society advises to discuss the benefits as well as the harms of PSA screening with your doctor, and then decide for yourself if you should be screened.

The cost for the PSA is $26, payable by cash or check at the time of the test.

To schedule a prostate cancer screening, call Schneck’s Cancer Center at 812-522-0477. Please leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned promptly.

VFW Serving Dinner This Sunday

VFW Post 1083 Crothersville will hold an Open Sunday serving lunch this Sunday, Sept. 10.
On the menu will be meat loaf, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, sides and desserts.
Serving will begin at noon. The public is invited to join in the monthly fundraiser.

Well, Back When I Was In School . . .

by Curt Kovener

The opinion piece below this column was penned by a well-respected Ball State University economist. He proposes that to keep small schools in their community in Indiana, communities need to merge school corporations, boards and administration.

So let’s use that as a beginning point for a deliberative community discussion.

For decades, since the last school consolidation in the 1960’s, Crothersville and Medora…not just the two smallest schools in the county but the entire state…have been on someone’s list to merge, consolidate or close.

The conventional wisdom all along was if the school closes, businesses would close in the community for lack of traffic. But maybe you should take a look at what retail business has already left Crothersville. Does having a school attract or maintain retail business? Does not having a school mean business will leave? Those painful answers should come from our Southern Hoosier common sense.

Two thoughts: merging school corporations will save some tax dollars, but that should not be our prime consideration for education. Rather improving, broadening learning opportunity for students should be.

Crothersville has done an exemplary job of offering expanded educational opportunities by partnering with other high schools and Ivy Tech. We are ahead of the curve on that front. And, perhaps that kind of innovation can stave off the state push to merge schools or school corporations.

Small school communities will be suspicious of such mergers…and rightfully so. Merging school corporations will dilute local input. Rather than a board of five local residents accountable to voters, small schools could have just one representative on a board of five or seven and become a minority voice.

On this front, I have for a long time had an issue—and you should too— with boards with Jackson County in their name not embracing geographic diversity representation on their boards. Community Foundation of Jackson and Jackson County Visitors Center are two examples that quickly come to mind. How can they claim to have the county’s best interest at heart if all communities of the county are not represented?

Any merger with any other school corporation should require local representations on any policy making board. If history is our example, early in our country’s history we fought a war over “taxation without representation.”

Technology always changes the way we do things. When the Crothersville Times began in the 1980’s we used specialized typesetting equipment, layout tables for pages, film darkrooms, and large cameras for page negatives. Now my laptop computer takes care of it all and I send .pdf’s to the web press to be printed into the paper your are reading. Or maybe reading online which is more proof of the expanded technology those in my industry must embrace.

Just as technology has changed the newspaper industry in the past 20 years, that same technology as well as teaching techniques, employment requirements and modes of transportation have changed for education. Perhaps it is time we should pre-meditatively, calmly, rationally, thoughtfully discuss a school structure that is more in tune to the 21st Century rather than preserving our perception of our own educational experience.

To Afford Small Indiana Schools, Merge Small School Corporations

by Michael Hicks

Professor of Economics

Ball State University

A number of recent studies examining the cost efficiency of Indiana’s school corporations report that corporations with fewer than roughly 2,000 students face very high overhead costs per student. This diverts significant money away from classroom instruction in more than half of Indiana’s school corporations. These small corporations enroll one in five students in Indiana. The inefficient use of tax dollars is no small matter.

Still, the effect on inefficient school corporations on student learning remained unknown until last week when my office published a study on the subject. That Ball State study, authored by Dagney Faulk, Srikant Devaraj and myself, paints a clear picture of the effect of inefficiently sized school corporations on student performance.

The study isolated the effect of school corporation size, not individual school size, on a number of performance measures from 2011-2014. First, there is some good news. Corporation size does not affect pass rates on elementary school ISTEP scores or the English End-of-Course Assessment (ECA), which is needed for graduation. Unfortunately, when it comes to more expensive educational experiences, especially college preparation and STEM programs, smaller corporations suffer badly.

Isolating the effective of corporation size, by controlling for demographics, local poverty and rurality, we found corporations with fewer than 2,000 students have SAT tests that average 20 points lower than kids from larger corporations. They also had pass rates on algebra and biology ECA tests that are more than 4 percent lower, and eighth-grade ISTEP pass rates are more than 5 percent lower than in bigger corporations. Students in small corporations pass the Advanced Placement (AP) tests at a 15-percent lower rate than peers in larger corporations. This is a stunning difference attributable solely to the overhead costs of running a small corporation

Separately, the study counted the number of AP course offerings. Here too, smaller corporations disadvantage students significantly by offering far fewer college preparatory courses, particularly in the critical STEM fields of math and science. The problem isn’t isolated. For example, one of the more affluent small school corporations (Barre-Reeve) has predictably high standardized test scores. Yet, their students pass AP tests at a rate that is well below the state average. This shockingly poor outcome is costly in terms of college admissions and extra tuition.

The response to this study has been largely positive. Most folks understand that course offerings are not as extensive in small school corporations, even if they didn’t realize how big the effects were. What surprised us most about the study were the number of folks who thought we were targeting small schools and local control. That’s baloney.

This study examined school corporations, not individual schools. This confusion is ironic because the most effective way to preserve small schools and small classrooms is to save money elsewhere. Consolidating wastefully small school corporations is a quick and painless way to direct more dollars into the classroom. Those folks who support small corporations aren’t defending small schools or local control. They are defending wasteful government and less effective education.

It is time for half of Indiana’s school corporations to seriously consider merging with their neighbors. In the end though, the facts of declining enrollment, rather than this study, will compel the issue. Nearly every one of Indiana’s small school corporations faces dwindling enrollment and 94 percent of these small school corporations are adjacent to another one of fewer than 2,000 students. Reality will compel a great many corporation mergers over the next decade.

Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE

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 8:00 a.m. on the 20th day of September, 2017, will consider the following appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.

County General Fund

Other Services & Charges      30,119

Total County General Fund    30,119

Cumulative Capital Development Fund

Capital Outlays       25,915

Total Cumulative Capital Development Fund        25,915

Indiana Local Health Dept. Trust Fund

Other Services & Charges      1,305

Capital Outlays       9,512

Total Indiana Local Health Dept. Trust Fund 10,817

Visitor Center/Innkeepers Tax Fund

Other Services & Charges      15,280

Total Visitor Center/Innkeepers Tax Fund     15,280

 

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: September 6, 2017

Kathy S. Hohenstreiter

Fiscal Officer

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PUBLIC NOTICE

The contents of storage Unit 35 formerly rented to Tim Teipen, Unit 46 formerly rented to Patricia Rusch at the Crothersville Handie Self Storage on Marshall Drive in Crothersville will be opened and contents disposed of as a result on non-payment of rent on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 unless payments are made in full.

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