Aisin Drivetrain To Add 47 New Jobs In Crothersville

Aisin Drivetrain Inc., a local manufacturer of automotive and heavy equipment parts, has announced it will expand its operations in Crothersville and add up to 47 new jobs by the end of the year.
ADI officials were at the Crothersville Town Council meeting last night to announce the $16 million expansion at its manufacturing operations in the local industrial park south of town.
The local company, which manufactures automotive components and systems such as industrial and commercial transmissions and power steering columns, currently employees 360 workers at the local facility.
The expansion in manufacturing equipment will allow the company to supply parts for vehicles such as the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES. Work on the plant upgrades is expected to begin later this month.
Jim Plump, executive director of Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation, said that since 2008, ADI has invested nearly $50 million into its operations.
“Any growth in our industry is good for the community,” said Crothersville Town Council President Danieta Foster.
“We are pleased with this news and look forward to continuing to support, in any way we can, our industrial community.”
In addition to a $7 million requested local tax abatement for phase 1 of the project, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered ADI up to $425,000 in tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans.
“These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives,” said Plump.

1 In 6 Hoosiers Have A Handgun Permit

The Percentage Is Higher In Jackson & Surrounding Counties

The number of people with handgun permits in Indiana shot up in recent years. About 1 in 6 adult Hoosiers now have a handgun permit — up from 1 in 10 in 2012.
The Indiana State Police released the 2017 firearms licensing statistics last month.
The state issued fewer handgun permits in 2017 than in 2016 in Indiana, but permits have shot up in the last five years, especially for women.
To carry a handgun— concealed, openly or otherwise— in Indiana, a person has to have a license from the state.
Indiana State Police issued 72,061 new firearm licenses in 2017, which is down from 134,290 issued in 2016 — a 46 percent drop in the number of licenses issued.
There are 833,614 active firearm licenses issued by the state right now. There are 5,057,601 people age 18 & over living in Indiana; that means about 1 in every 6 adult Hoosiers (16.48%) has a firearms license that allows them to legally carry a handgun.
The number of gun permit owners in south central Indiana is higher than the state average.
Jackson County’s population age 18 & older in 2016 was 33,197 people. As of the beginning of this year, 7,225 (21.76%) of the residents over age 18 had licenses to carry handguns.
For comparison of counties surrounding Jackson: Bartholomew County 10,993 permits, 61,921 (17.75%) population age 18 & older; Lawrence County 8,181 permits, 35,494 population (23.04%); Jennings County 4,611 permits, 21,193 population (21.75%); Washington County 4,707 permits, 21,336 population (22.06%); Scott County 3,881 permits, 18,409 population (21.08); Brown County 3,456 permits, 12,134 population (28.48%).
In the last six years, the biggest applicant spikes came in 2013 and 2016:
2017: 72,061
2016: 134,290
2015: 77,571
2014: 75,627
2013: 116,059
2012: 63,970
A Statehouse bill that would have done away with handgun permits was mostly scrapped last week, but a version would still ease back on licensing barriers, like getting rid of the fees to get a permit. The Indiana House Public Policy Committee approved the bill 12-1.
Getting rid of licensing fees means the state would lose about $13 million in revenue in 2019 and 2020, according to state estimates.
The original proposal was to do away with permitting outright but was shot down quickly in the committee hearing.
While men hold 3 out of 4 handgun permits in Indiana, more and more women are licensed to carry handguns in Indiana.
In the last six years, the number of women with active handgun permits more than doubled, from 92,860 in 2012 to 223,596 in 2017.

Zach Evans of the Evansville Courier & Press contributed to this story.

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.
Hurt is a familiar face at the annual Farmers Breakfast. He joined the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics in 1981. He teaches an undergraduate course in livestock and meat marketing. His areas of specialty include examination of family farm market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market problems, pricing strategies, and livestock futures market performance.
In Extension education, he provides analysis for participation in government programs, teaches marketing principles and alternatives, evaluates the livestock industry structure, and provides price analysis and outlook of live cattle and live hogs.
Recently, Hurt has examined the factors influencing the structural changes in the pork industry and evaluated the adoption of new technologies in moderate size Midwestern farms.
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

Sandhill Crane Event At Wildlife Refuge Saturday

A ”Celebration of Cranes” event will be held at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, Feb. 10. “Mid-February is usually a big migration time for Sandhill cranes through Jackson County and there should be many thousands of birds in the area,” said Donna Stanley, park ranger. “Everyone who enjoys birds is invited to come out and join Refuge staff and volunteers for an afternoon of learning about the visiting ‘Gray Ghosts’.”
During the event there will be free bird crafts for children at the Muscatatuck Visitor Center from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Self-guided tour information will be available for those who would like to view cranes on their own.
Two guided, car caravan-type, crane tours will be held during the day, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. Both tours will leave from the Visitor Center and no advance registration is needed.
A program about sandhill cranes will be held at the Visitor Center at 1 pm. For more information: or 812-522-4352 x 12.

Our Collective Wisdom

by Curt Kovener

It has been a while since we visited ‘The Wisdom of the Midwest’, a collection of quotes of common sense and uncommon genius from people who grew up as middle Americans.
“Education is not preparation for life. It is life itself.” ~John Dewey
“Absorb ideas from every source.” ~Thomas Edison
“Knowledge is not power. It is potential power. What’s needed is the ability to motivate yourself to do what you know needs doing.” ~W. Clement Stone
“Time is a great teacher.” ~Carl Sandburg
“The trouble with the world is not that people know so little, but that they know so many things that ain’t so.” ~Mark Twain
“A closed mind is a dying man.” ~Edna Ferber
“A good scare is worth more than good advice.” ~Edgar Watson Howe
“The only thing new in this world is the history you don’t know.” ~Harry S. Truman
“I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” ~Ernest Hemingway
“Technology does not improve the quality of life; it improves the quality of things. Improving the quality of life requires the application of wisdom.” ~Neil Armstrong
“Lord, deliver me from the man who never makes a mistake, and also from the man who makes the same mistake twice.” ~William Mayo
“Excesses ultimately, inevitably, are their own undoing.” ~Paul Harvey
“The truth is more important than the facts.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright
“What I have learned growing up is that we have power over words, not the other way around.” ~Tim Allen
“You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing it takes to make him mad.” ~Adlai Stevenson
“Egotism is the anesthetic that lulls the pain of stupidity.” ~Frank Leahy
“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.” ~ Phil Jackson
All wisdom inspired by Middle Americans, but unheard and unheeded, by our nation’s leadership.


Grassy Fork Twp AR

Redding Twp AR

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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The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will be accepting bids for one Tandem Axle Dump Truck and Snow Equipment.
Specifications for a Tandem Truck cab & chassis, dump bed, and snow equipment specifications are included in this bid package. Bids for truck and snow equipment will be bid separately. If you bid both truck and snow equipment, they must be listed as two separate bids.
Bids must be turned in to the Auditor’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018 at 111 South Main Street in Brownstown, Indiana. Bids will be opened and read aloud in Commissioner Meeting on February 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Jackson County will trade in one tandem dump truck #14, with snow equipment: plow and spreader box.
Truck will be made available to bidders upon request at our office during regular business hours of 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jackson County Highway Department
360 S Co. Rd. 25 E
Brownstown, IN 47220
Phone 812-358-2226
Fax: 812-358-0953
Please do not forget to list trade-in amount on truck bid sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Ault at Highway Department
10% Bid Bond must be included with your sealed bid.
The following items must be included in sealed bid:
1. Completed Ford No. 95
2. Bid bond or check in the amount of 10% of the bid amount
3: Certificate of liability insurance
4. Bid Forms
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