Hot, Smoky Fire Punctures Lee’s Tire & 4×4

A blackened exterior on the north side of Lee’s Tire resulted from an apparent trash fire that set stacks of old tires ablaze.

A Crothersville business is closed seeking an alternative location to re-open after a fire last Tuesday, March 6. Brent Lee, owner of Lee’s Tire & 4×4 on US 31 south of town, said he is anxious to find a Crothersville location to get his tire business re-opened.
The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. last Tuesday, according to Crothersville-Vernon Township fire Chief Charles Densford.
“We had burned some boxes earlier in the morning and thought everything was out,” said Lee. “The wind had picked up later that morning and must have blown some smoldering cardboard into the junk tires we had stacked outside.”
Lee said he received a UPS delivery and the driver notified him of the smoke.
“We emptied our fire extinguishers on it but they weren’t enough,” he said.
“It was a hot, smoky fire,” said Densford. “There were seven fire departments that showed up to help with manpower and water.” In addition to the local department, Jackson-Washington and all five fire departments from Scott County showed up to help.
Fire departments were on the scene until shortly after 5 p.m.
While the steel building did not burn, it was heat and smoke from the burning tires that caused damaged to the building.
Heat from the tire fire caused hydraulic hoses to burst and plastic to melt in the shop, Lee said.
Bige E. Doyle, owner of the property, said the building is probably going to be a total loss. “The heat warped steel support beams and caused the gaskets around the roof fasteners to melt,” he said, estimating the loss at $80,000 to the building.
Loss to the contents of Lee’s Tire is still being calculated. “There’s a customer’s truck still on the lift that is probably a total loss from smoke and heat. And all of our power and pneumatic tools are useless,” said Lee.
Lee, who has been in business here since October 2009, is scrambling looking for another local location to re-open the tire business.
“I’ve got insurance to cover the equipment and business interruption insurance for me. But I have a couple of employees who are now out of work. They are relying on me for a paycheck and I need to get back open for business,” said Lee.

Paving Contract For 14 Streets In Crothersville Awarded

The Crothersville Town Council handled a variety of matters during their regular meeting last Tuesday, March 6.
All-Star Paving of Seymour was officially awarded the bid to pave 14 streets as a part of the state Community Crossroads grant awarded to the town last year.
The town was awarded up to$423,406 in state money to resurface local streets. All Star Paving of Seymour was the low bidder with a bid of $374,116.43.
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.
Each street is to be milled 1 1/2 inches and a new asphalt surface applied.
Kevin Heilman, owner of All-Star Paving, said his company intends to begin work as soon as weather permits in the spring.
•The council unanimously approved making the Howard and Preston Street intersection in front of the school a three-way stop. Historically, Preston Street was a through street. Now, motorists traveling on the north-south street in front of the school will be stopping before proceeding.
•The council approved closing a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue from Main to Howard and the alley at the Crothersville Senior Citizens from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, for a Jackson County Library community event for youth in conjunction with the Red, White & Blue Festival.
•Agreed to partner with Crothersville Community Schools to cost share the expense of drug testing employees.
•Named Tiffany Reynolds to replace Chris Cooper on the Crothersville Parks Board.
•Agreed to develop a list of equipment available to share with the county and other communities in the county in the event of a need for disaster cleanup.
•Learned that installing streetlights at the recently approved Main Street Circle and Walnut Street extensions will cost about $31,000.

Wetland Day Program This Saturday At Muscatatuck Refuge

Everyone who enjoys wildlife is invited to come out and celebrate spring at the Wetland Day program at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday, March 17.
There will be a Bird Walk at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for birdwatchers of all ages and abilities. Mid-March is usually a good time to observe visiting waterfowl at Muscatatuck.
A variety of fun activities for children will take place outside the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteer interpreters will be present on the Chestnut Ridge Trail.
A “Wetland Walk” will leave from the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. and at noon will be a celebration of the 115th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge system. Wildlife resource information will also be available for teachers.
Muscatatuck is one of three National Wildlife Refuges in Indiana. The other two are Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge near Madison, and Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge near Oakland City.

Is DST Worth The Hassle?

by Curt Kovener

Show of hands: Who among you forgot to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed Saturday and were late for church the following morning?
Don’t be embarrassed. Dozens of area families likely got a late start. Daylight-saving time began at 2 a.m. this past Sunday, and, all these years later, some Hoosiers still aren’t used to it.
Indiana started its statewide observance of DST 12 years ago when now Purdue President Mitch Daniels was in the Governor’s Office. And though we’ve heard anecdotes of more time for evening recreation and increases in business activity, a 2008 study claims daylight-saving time is costing Hoosiers money.
University of California-Santa Barbara economics professor Matthew Kotchen and student Laura Grant analyzed 7 million meter readings of Indiana homes served by Duke Energy Corp. They found DST costs Hoosiers an extra $8.6 million in energy bills each year.
Higher air-conditioning costs in the summer and additional home-heating costs during spring and fall mornings are to blame, the study’s authors said.
A 2007 study of the temporary extension of daylight-saving time in two Australian territories also found increases in energy consumption, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Now, we won’t suggest Indiana do away with DST, or ask the U.S. Department of Transportation to put the majority of the state on Central Time. With Chicago to our northwest, Louisville to our south and Cincinnati at our southeast, those cities’ Hoosier commuters never will be happy about the time.
Besides, after several counties changed time zones, only to ask the transportation secretary to switch them back again, we doubt the secretary’s office will ever take another call from an Indiana official.
But the UC-Santa Barbara study should compel the federal government to study DST’s effects on U.S. energy usage. The government also should determine whether daylight-saving time reduces crime and traffic fatalities, as its proponents claim. “Springing forward” the second Sunday in March and “falling back” the first Sunday in November might not be worth the costs or the hassle of changing the clock in the car.
A final historical perspective, in 2006 the legislation putting Indiana into statewide DST passed the Indiana House by one vote. The fence sitting Republican legislator didn’t want to vote for it because his constituents didn’t want it. Governor Daniels did some political arm twisting on the first term GOP legislator and he ultimately voted in favor of daylight savings time. His constituents remembered that fall and sent a Democrat to the statehouse in the November 2006 election.
(Our thanks to our news information partner the Kokomo Tribune for sharing many of these observations.)

Legal Notices


ORDINANCE NO. 2018 – 1
“An amending Title VII, Chapter 71, Schedule III, “Stop Intersections”
Town of Crothersville, Indiana Code of Ordinances
Title VII, Chapter 71, Schedule III, “Stop Intersections” shall be amended as follows:
Section 1: Intersection of Preston Street at Howard Street:
The following intersection shall be added to the list of intersections which require a three-way stop:
A three-way stop intersection at Preston Street and Howard Street. Howard Street currently has a stop sign at the Preston Street intersection. Stop signs shall be placed on Preston Street (traveling southeast) and Preston Street (traveling northwest).
Section 2: All prior ordinances or parts thereof inconsistent with any provision of this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 3: This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and publication, all as by law provided.
ADOPTED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL this 6th day of March, 2018.
     Danieta Foster, President, Crothersville Town Council
     Chad Wilson, Member
     Lenvel Robinson, Member
     Brenda Holzworth, Member
     Bob Lyttle, Member
Terry Richey, Clerk-Treasurer
Town of Crothersville, Indiana
3/14, 3/21, 3/28 hspaxlp


CAUSE NO. 36D01-1802-PL-000003
To: TP & J Corporation, d/b/a Hoosier Parts; Any and All Others Claiming Title to Real Estate; including successors or assigns, whose identities and whereabouts are unknown.
Notice is hereby given that on February 2, 2018, there was filed in the office of the Clerk of Jackson County, Indiana, a Complaint to Quiet Title to Real Estate. Certified mailing to TP & J Corporation, at its last registered address, came back “Not Deliverable,” showing that the identities and whereabouts of TP & J Corporation, including its Successors or Assigns, are unknown.
Unless you respond to this notice by entering your appearance in the above-captioned cause within thirty (30) days of the last publication of this notice, the cause will be heard and decided in your absence.
/s/ Amanda Lowery, Clerk
Jackson Circuit/Superior Court
Matthew J. Lorenzo
Attorney for Plaintiffs
218 West Second Street
Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 524-9000
2/28, 3/7, 3/14


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