Scott County Pair Arrested On Drug, Stolen Property Charges

A traffic stop by Crothersville Police on Friday resulted in two Scott County men being incarcerated on drugs and stolen property charges.
Crothersville Asst. Chief J.L. McElfresh located a vehicle with a license plate reported as stolen out of Scott County, shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, he reported.
McElfresh, Crothersville Officer Matt Browning, and Reserve Officer Mike Weiler conducted a traffic stop on a red 1998 Honda auto in the 700 block of Moore Street on the east side of Crothersville. According to McElfresh, the license plate had been reported stolen from a Chevrolet Cavalier.

Trenton Michael Moore

Brandon Spicer

McElfresh said there were two occupants in the vehicle. The driver was Trenton M. Moore, 25, of Scottsburg; the passenger was Brandon D. Spicer, 36, of Austin.
During their investigation, officers found a substance that field tested positive for heroin and hypodermic syringes, McElfresh reported. Moore was also found to be driving the vehicle on a suspended identification card and Spicer was wanted on a Scott County court warrant, the officer said.
Trenton M. Moore faces felony charges of illegal possession of a syringe, possession of narcotic drug, possession of stolen property, and maintaining a common nuisance.
Brandon D. Spicer faces felony charges of illegal possession of a syringe, and possession of a narcotic drug, a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance, as well as a warrant for failure to appear in court in Scott County.
Both were incarcerated in Jackson County Jail.
Jackson County Reserve Deputy Joe Francis assisted at the scene.

Town Gets Competitive Bids For Street Paving Grant

If bid documents are all in order, the Town of Crothersville received five competitive bids for paving up to 14 streets this year as a part of the state Community Crossroads grant.
Last year, the town applied for and was awarded $423,406 in state money to resurface local streets. The town’s local match of $120,000 brings the total amount available for milling and re-surfacing to over $543,000.
After bids were opened at last Tuesday’s town council meeting, all but one was under that figure.
•All Star Paving of Seymour was the apparent low bidder with a bid of $374,116.43.
•Dave O’Mara Contractors of North Vernon bid $443, 314.09.
•Wingham Paving of Charlestown entered a bid of $458,862.25.
•Globe Asphalt of Westport bid $494,520.05 for the project.
•BP2 Construction of Seymour entered a bid of $581,051.57.
“These are pretty good prices,” commented town engineer Brad Bender of FPBH of North Vernon, adding that the engineer’s estimate for the 14 street project was $564,541.60.
He recommended that the town council take all bids under advisement while his firm confirms that all documentation is in order and award bid at their March 6 council meeting.
The streets scheduled to be resurfaced in Crothersville under the grant in 2018 include:
•East Street from Moore to and including Virginia Court.
•West Street from Moore to East Street.
•Bethany Road from Howard Street to the southern town limits.
•Kovener Street from Main St. to Benham Ave.
•Park Avenue from Main to Benham,
•Rider Avenue from Bethany to Kovener
•Benham Ave. from Bethany Road to Kovener St.
•Jackson Street from Main St. to Coleman Ave.
•Bard Street from Seymour Road to Preston St.
•Walnut Street from Seymour Road to preston St.
•Oak Street from Seymour Road to Preston St.
•West Bard Street from Kovener St. west to town limits.
•West Walnut Street from Kovener St. west to town limits.
•Mill Street from Park Ave. to Kovener St.

May 8 Primary Battles Loom For Dems & GOP

The deadline for filing for elective office ended at noon last Friday and both major political parties have primary battles.
The Primary election is Tuesday, May 8.
On the Democratic side, Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson of Crothersville and Barry Stuckwisch of Seymour will be contesting their party’s nomination for County Council representing District 2.
Republicans also have a primary battle for the District 2 County Council; Mark Pardieck and Mark Hackman both of Seymour filed for that office.
District 2 includes Vernon, Grassy Fork, Driftwood, and Washington Townships along with Jackson 3 South and Jackson 4 South precincts.
Republicans also have a county-wide race for County Commissioner District 3. Incumbent Commissioner Matt Reedy of Freetown faces a primary challenge from Roger L. Bane of Medora.
District 3 includes Pershing, Salt Creek, Owen, Carr, in the western part of the county but all Jackson County voters cast a ballot.
Four candidates are seeking to be the GOP nomination for county sheriff. William V. Abbott, Richard S. Meyer, Charles Murphy, all of Seymour and Phillip Nale of Brownstown are wanting to be the Republican sheriff candidate in the fall.
There is a three-way race for State Representative District 69 for the Republicans: incumbent James Lucas of Seymour faces opposition from Nancy Franke of Seymour and Charles Johnson of Columbus.
There is also a Republican battle for State Representative, District 73 in that incumbent Republican State Rep. Steve Davisson of Salem faces a challenge from Buford Dewitt of Paoli.
In federal office races, incumbent GOP 9th District Congressman Joseph ‘Trey’ Hollingsworth faces a primary challenge from James D. Alspach.
Democrats will also contest their party’s nomination for the 9th Congressional seat: Daniel Canon, Robert Chatlos, and Elizabeth S. Watson are all seeking their party’s nomination.
There is a three-way Republican primary battle to be the party’s nominee for US Senator between Michael Braun, Allen ‘Luke’ Messer and Theodore ‘Todd’ Rokita.
In more local filings, incumbent Democrat E. Scott Kovener has filed to seek a second term as Vernon Township Trustee. Incumbent Democrats Odes Densford and Allene Hoagland have filed to seek re-election to the Vernon Township board. Incumbent Republican Vernon Township Board member Roger Teipen filed for another term and political newcomer Tyler Goodpaster are seeking the GOP nomination. Three board members will be elected in the November 6 general election
In other races in Jackson County, incumbent Republican Jackson Township Trustee William R. Marsh is facing a primary challenge from Linda J. Auleman. Incumbent Republican Owen Township Trustee Frank Fisher is facing a primary challenge from Karen E. Wagoner

Farmers Breakfast Tackles Tax Changes, Farm Economy

The Community Foundation of Jackson County and Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will serve up an economic forecast and a glimpse of the new federal tax laws at the 16th annual Farmers Breakfast. Serving begins at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Pewter Hall, 850 W. Sweet Street in Brownstown. Doors open at 7 a.m. Admission is free.
Jackson County farmers and others from the agricultural community will hear about the economic outlook for the farm sector as well as recent changes to federal tax law and its implications down on the farm.
Purdue University Ag economist Christopher Hurt, a long time speaker at the annual farmers breakfast, will offer his insights into the economic landscape for farmers, and a certified public accountant with Blue & Co. will review changes in federal tax law focused on those that might affect the farm sector and charitable giving.
The Farmers Breakfast program is free of charge and reservations may be made by contacting the Foundation by calling 812-523-4483 or by emailing

Gone Now But Will Be Back

by Curt Kovener

While there was sufficient ice on the pond we used the seasonal hard water to aid in our invasive plant reduction efforts.
Way back in the day the Indiana DNR provided wildlife planting packets to benefit birds and add beauty to the forest edges.
One of the plants, provided by the state was Autumn Olive. In the summer there are sweet smelling white blossoms that attract bees and pollinators of all sorts. Sitting on the dock you can hear them buzzing about. Then late summer small fruit covers the plants and the birds have a feast through fall.
The problem is that after dining and defecating, the autumn olive seed now with attached fertilizer germinates…all over the place.
This is not a problem if the bird poops where we usually mow. The summer mowing controls and kills the unwanted invasive. But plants sprout and grow at the pond’s edge where there is plenty of sun and plenty of water and extremely limited access to mow, weed whack or saw the invasive.
Last month a 7” coating of pond ice was used as a platform to cut out the heretofore inaccessible invasive.
My chainsaw made quick work of the shrub and a stump spray of brush killer should prevent re-spouting this spring.
The difficult part was hauling the now cut autumn olive branches, some upwards of 3” in diameter, across the slippery ice onto the dock then pulled up the steps to the Gator for transport to the burn pile.
I enjoy outdoor work. But the winter sedentary habit I seasonally fall into doesn’t care for the sudden exercise. My knees, back and muscles rebelled loudly that evening.
An un-iced adult beverage help numb my pain and aided sleep to come.
The ice is pretty much off the pond in the wilderness now and we are grateful.
Grateful for the warmer (but no doubt temporary) weather. And grateful that an ice breaking rescue did not have to be implemented for Emma the 100-pound Great Pyrenees.
Pyrenees are livestock protection dogs and she considers her humans her livestock and thus all noises, real and imagined, are considered threats. Threats are answered by lots of loud barking and a run to investigate. The ice on the pond she considered a short cut for her protection territory obligation.
That wasn’t a problem when the thermometer was in the single digits and teens. But as temperatures warmed making thinner ice, we worried about an unexpected bath in the pond for Emma and how to pull her from the icy water.
I was conflicted by old sayings: “Be prepared,” I recall as the Boy Scout motto and “Worry is the interest you pay on a debt that is not yet due.”
So it seems our motto of the Wilderness is “Be prepared to worry.” Which may be sound advice for all Americans these days.

Legal Notices

Notice is hereby given that Jackson County, Indiana acting by and through its Board of Commissioners, will receive sealed bids at the Office of the Auditor, Jackson County Courthouse, Brownstown, Indiana, until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, for the 2018 Resurfacing Program.
At the hour of 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, all bids for this work will be opened and read aloud in the Jackson County Annex
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 For 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 payment 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 S Co. Rd. 25 E
Brownstown, IN 47220
A copy of the contract documents may be obtained bat 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.
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