Community Good Friday Service At Bethany Baptist Church

The Crothersville Area Ministerial Association will be holding their annual community Good Friday Service, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church.
Pastor Troy Burns of the host church will be bringing the message with the other area ministers taking part the service in the non-denominational shared service.
An offering will be received for the CAMA Benevolence Fund that helps area residents and transients with emergency needs.
Bethany Baptist Church is located southwest of Crothersville at the intersections of County Rod 800 S & 950 E.

Austin Man Critically Injured After Vehicle Falls From Moore Street Overpass Onto I-65

Indiana State Police photo

An icy roadway is being blamed for a single vehicle accident which left an Austin man critically injured Saturday after he lost control on the Moore Street overpass east of Crothersville, crashed through the guardrail and fell onto the northbound lane of I-65.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Brian Wilson, the accident occurred shortly after noon when Richard T. Coulter, 37, of Austin was westbound on County Road 600 (Moore Street) when he lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer on the ice covered overpass.
Coulter’s vehicle broke through a metal guardrail on the south side of the road and fell into the northbound lanes of I-65. Coulter’s vehicle struck a 2014 Toyota SUV, driven by Charles G. Jahnke, 56, of Green Bay, Wisconsin that was traveling northbound on the interstate.
Coulter’s vehicle came to rest on its driver’s side in the middle of the northbound lanes of I-65. Jahnke’s vehicle came to rest on the shoulder.
Coulter was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department. He was transported to an Indianapolis area hospital with critical injuries. Jahnke was not injured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash, Sgt. Wilson reported.
The northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for nearly two hours for crash investigation and cleanup. The Indiana Department of Transportation also had a bridge inspector come to the scene to inspect the overpass before the roadway was opened.
Assisting at the scene were the Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County EMS, Crothersville-Vernon Township Fire Department, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Property Tax Bills To Be Delivered Next Month

Jackson County Treasurer Roger D. Hurt reminds taxpayers that the 2018 Property Tax billings are scheduled to placed in the mail around April 9.
The first installment – Spring Coupon A – is due Thursday, May 10.
The second installment – Fall Coupon B – is due Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The payment methods are similar to the past years, Hurt said
•Payment by mail delivery with a check and payment coupon. Payment is considered on time when postmarked on or before the due date.
•Payment in person by cash or check only. The Treasurer’s Office during business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
•Payment can be made at all four locations of The Peoples Bank and at The State Bank Of Medora. This option for payment must include the payment coupon to be presented at the bank to allow for proper crediting to your tax bill, Hurt said..
•Payment with credit/debit cards using the I-Freedom Process. On-line at or the county website: This option will incur a convenience fee charge tp the taxpayers card.
•Payment with credit /debit cards by phone using the toll free automated system at 1-888-809-5849. Note this option will incur a convenience fee charge.
• Taxpayers can also use the Drop Box. At the back entrance of courthouse (Sugar Street) Payment is considered on time if received in the drop box by midnight on the deadline date. These payments require checks; no cash.
“If anyone is ever in doubt of the amount that they owe, how to make a payment, where a payment can be processed or general questions on the billing schedule, I encourage them to call us at the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office at 812-358-6125 of 812-358-6126 or email at,” said Hurt
If you have questions about your assessment or re-assessment answers can be obtained from the county assessor’s office at 812-358-6112.
Questions about exemptions and tax rates can be answered by the county Auditor’s Office at 812-358-6161.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching; Early Voting Times Announced

The last day to register to vote for the May 8, Primary Election will be Monday, April 9, according to Jackson County Clerk Amanda Lowery.
Applications must be received by the clerk’s office or postmarked by April 9 to be eligible to vote in the Tuesday, May 8 election.
After closing April 9, voter registration will not reopen until May 22.
The clerk also announced the hours of early voting in the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown and the Superior Court 1 building in Seymour.
Beginning Tuesday April 10, voting at the courthouse in Brownstown will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 & May 5; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday May 7.
Early voting at Jackson Superior Court 1 in Seymour will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday, April 23, through May 4; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays April 28 & May 5; and 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 7.

The ‘Indiana Insect Control & Enforcement Division’

Those who worry about Indiana’s image in more enlightened sections of the country can relax a little now that one black mark on the state’s reputation has been erased: It is no longer one of only four states that do not have an official insect.
Hoosier entomologists will no longer have to hang their heads in shame when they go to national conferences. And the even better news is that new state laws don’t take effect until July, so we have several months to get used to the new rules and regulations that will attend designation of Say’s Firefly– sometimes disrespectfully called a “lightning bug”– as the official state insect.
The guidelines from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ new Insect Control and Enforcement Division (ICE) run 170 pages. That’s quite short as state dictates go, but it can be a lot to absorb. Informed Hoosiers should learn the highlights, especially if they want to be in a position to explain the situation to their children, who, after all, will be the most affected.
They will still be able to watch and catch fireflies as always but there will be a few important limitations: Only official firefly receptacles, made of glass and no larger than quart size, may be used. These jars can be purchased at any supermarket or convenience store, except on Sundays.
Fireflies may be kept in the jars for only three days. Since the adult insects live for only about two months, anything longer would be considered cruelty to a lower life form.
No more than five fireflies may be kept in one jar by anyone who does not have a breeder’s license, which may be obtained from the state for a $1,000 fee after the required 12-week course is completed.
To cut down on complaints from neighbors who require low light levels to sleep, fireflies may be displayed in jars only from 8 to 11 p.m., except for the five-day periods before and after the Fourth of July, when local jurisdictions may relax the rules if they choose.
If more than 30 fireflies are confined at one time (e.g. five fireflies in six jars or three fireflies in 10 jars), it will be considered an organized event and a permit must be obtained.
State officials stress that these rules are not meant to be punitive. Rather they are instructive, aimed at teaching our young people that fireflies are creatures of the wild, not suitable as pets. Fines will be minimal, and violations will be considered as infractions rather than misdemeanors that would go on a child’s permanent record.
One possible snag that officials are reluctant to talk about is the fact that only the Say’s Firefly is the official state insect, so none of the other 2,000 or so varieties will be appropriate for our children’s catch-and-release outings.
This could be problematic in northern counties, since the Say’s Firefly is thought to be common only in southern and central counties. ICE officials are apparently working on an exchange program in which Say’s Fireflies and non-Say’s fireflies will be trapped in various counties and transported to the appropriate venues. Details are still being hammered out, including what to do about smugglers who will surely try to create a black market in undocumented fireflies.
Which of course brings up the problem of fireflies indigenous to other parts of the country and, indeed, the rest of the world. Obviously, no wall would be high enough to keep them out, and officials won’t comment on speculation that they are consulting with the experts now trying to figure out how to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan.
Some of us worry about the massive new bureaucracy that could be needed to operate the new firefly program. But the state insists that it can handle things with no more than 75 ICE agents, some of them doubling up on small counties. They won’t harass our citizens with random raids, but will act only on citizen complaints.
Furthermore, at least 30 percent of their salaries will be paid through fines and fees, and there is no need for them to be armed “at this time.”
Speaking of carp, the state doesn’t have an official fish, not to mention a state mammal or dog breed. Now that we know it can be done, let’s get to work on that.
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Leo Morris, a columnist for The Indiana Policy Review, originally penned this tongue-in-cheek prose. His tone should not be viewed as mocking or insulting but presidential.

Legal Notice


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
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