Crothersville Senior Citizens Serving Breakfast Saturday

The Crothersville Senior Citizens will be serving “the best breakfast in Jackson County”, this Saturday, Apr. 28, from 7- 11 a.m. at the Crothersville Senior Center, 114 E. Main Street.
The annual Spring Breakfast fundraiser menu will consist of biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, coffee cake, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk.
Donations for the breakfast will be accepted to help support the operation of the Crothersville Senior Center. Carry out will be available by calling 812-793-2523

New DNA Law Resulting In Matches To Other Crimes

6 Matches Made From Jackson County Arrests

A new state law that went into effect the first of the year is resulting in suspects for old and unsolved crimes, according to officials with the Indiana State Police.
The law requires DNA samples be taken from all persons arrested for a felony offense. This is an expansion of a previous policy to collect samples only from those convicted of felonies.
DNA samples are collected by each county jail when a person is incarcerated on a felony charge. The samples are sent to the Indiana State Police laboratory in Indianapolis for analysis and entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
ISP reports that in the first three months of 2018, their lab was sent 9,375 samples for new arrests and tested an additional 3,330 samples from new convicted offenders.
Of the total 12,705 samples, 244 came back as matches (that are referred to as ‘hits’) to other crimes.
•46 hits attributed to the 3,330 new convicted offender samples collected Jan. 1 to March 31, 2018.
•72 hits attributed to the 9,375 felony arrest samples collected Jan. 1 to March 31.
•126 hits attributed to recently completed unsolved crime scene samples.
According to Jackson County Jail Commander Charlie Murphy, six of the samples that have been sent by Jackson County into CODIS has resulted in ‘hits’ or matches to other unsolved crimes.
“The new law is doing what is was hoped it would do: help us solve crime,” Murphy said. “With this new DNA information officers are able to continue their investigations with greater focus on suspects.”
He declined to identify any of the subjects or crimes related to the new DNA matches saying that they are ongoing investigations.
According to ISP, the first arrestee hit was on January 14, 2018 and matched to an unsolved rape investigation that began in 2016
All county jails are providing arrestee samples and 44 different counties have been involved in hits in the first quarter of 2018, according to state police officials.
CODIS has generated hits between Indiana and 23 other states during the first quarter of 2018.
Maj. Steve Holland, commander of the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division commented, “We are very pleased with the results seen thus far and are confident more and more crimes will be solved with the combination of convicted and arrested persons’ samples being matched in the CODIS program.”
“None of this would have been possible without the new legislation, the cooperation of all the county jail personnel who collect the DNA samples and the diligent efforts of state police laboratory scientists that are processing these samples for input into CODIS,” Holland said.

Traffic Stop Puts Three in Jail On Drug Charges

A traffic stop at Moonglow Road & US 31 on the north side of Scottsburg last Wednesday resulted in three men arrested on a variety of drug charges, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.
Trooper stopped a 1999 Toyota Camry on a traffic infraction and during the investigation ISP K-9 Riggs indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.
Troopers searched the vehicle finding methamphetamine, marijuana, syringes and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers arrested the driver, Corey Smith, 27, of Austin charging him with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, trafficking with an inmate and maintaining a common nuisance.
Two passengers were also arrested during the traffic stop. Brandon L. Bowman, 25, of Salem, and Jesse D. Terry, 24, of Scottsburg were charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and visiting a common nuisance.
The trio was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

Democrats Plan Fund Raising Dinner

The Jackson County Democrat Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be this Friday, April 27, at the Pines Evergreen Room south of Seymour. A social time will begin at 5:30 p.m. follow by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Indiana House Minority Leader Terry Goodin will be the featured speaker.
Other candidates offering remarks will be Senate District 45 candidate John Perkins, Dist. 69 representative candidate Steve Schoettmer, and 9th district congressional candidates Liz Watson, Dan Canon and Robert Chatlos.
Dinner participants will also be able to meet and greet candidates for Jackson County offices.
Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. For tickets contact Jeanette Hackman at 812-528-2692.

What’s In A Name…

by Curt Kovener

My high school English teacher Corean Lewis tried very hard to teach us the proper use of the language. She was exceptionally patient with me.
For all of the rules of English, of grammar, of spelling she tried to impart on us, I have found from over 40 years in the writing and newspaper business that there are two exceptions for every one of her rules.
Richard Lederer has a Ph.D. in linguistics and has written books on the confusing, crazy and anguish of the English language.
We will first look at the confusing history of some words and phrases that you may only thought you knew.
In what country did Pennsylvania Dutch originate? Germany—where the language is Deutsch.
French fries were invented in Belgium. Frenching describes a method of cutting vegetables into long strips.
Arabic numbers are not Arabic but invented in India.
Turkish baths originated in Rome not Turkey.
Panama hats weren’t originated in Panama but in the South American country of Ecuador.
The English horn is a reed instrument, an alto oboe invented in France.
Welsh rabbit is a meatless dish whose primary ingredient is cheese.
Egg Cream does not contain eggs or cream but is made from milk, chocolate syrup and a spritz of seltzer water.
Sweetbread is not sweet nor a bread; it is a cooked part of calf’s pancreas. Sweetmeat is not a meat but is candied fruit and is sweet.
Despite the name, refried beans are not fried twice. Frijoles refritos actually means well fried not refried.
In dry cleaning, all material is immersed in a liquid solution.
And since we are approaching that seasonal time of the year, the primary cause of hay fever is not hay but pollen.
Perhaps we should end this week’s discussion of our confusing language with a poem (another literary subject of which Mrs. Lewis was quite fond).
“No matter what their name alleges,
Hedgehogs aren’t hogs or hedges
Like kindred quadrupeds with spines
Who aren’t porks and aren’t pines.”

Legal Notices

2018 Jackson Co. Tax Rates


Combined Notice
Notice to Public of No Significant Impact on the Environment and
Notice to Public of Request for Release of Funds
Town of Crothersville
111 E Howard Street
Crothersville, IN 47229
On or about May 11, 2018 the above named Town of Crothersville will request the State of Indiana to release federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) for the following project:
Wastewater Improvements Project
The project will consist of implementing an IDEM/EPA mandated Combined Sewer Overflow Compliance Plan to provide relief from repeated overflows. The plan will consist primarily of improvements to the current collection system and replacement of the pump station, specifically the Seymour Road pump and lift station, to prevent inflow and infiltration. Installation of main sewer lines and storm sewer lines and replacements as outlined by the plan.
Town of Crothersville, Indiana
Finding of No Significant Impact
It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and accordingly the above named Town of Crothersville has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such statement are as follows:
All preliminary environmental reviews by state and county agencies indicated that the proposed project would not endanger the environment under any capacity.
An Environmental Review Record respecting the proposed project has been made by the above named Town of Crothersville which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such statement is not required. This Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is available for public examination and copying upon request at the Town of Crothersville, Clerk Treasurer’s Office, 111 E Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229. No further environmental review of such project is proposed to be conducted prior to the request for release of funds.
Public Comments of Findings
All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Town of Crothersville 111 E Howard Street, Crothersville, IN 47229. Such written comments should be received before May 10, 2018. All such comments so received will be considered and Town of Crothersville will not request the release of federal funds or take any administrative action on the proposed project prior to the date specified in the preceding sentences.
Release of Funds
Town of Crothersville will undertake the project described above with Community Development Block Grant funds from the State of Indiana under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Town of Crothersville is certifying to the State that the Town of Crothersville and Danieta Foster, in her official capacity as the Town Council President consents to accept the jurisdiction of the federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, Town of Crothersville may use the Block Grant funds and the State will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
Objections to State Release of Funds
The State will accept an objection to its approval only if it is on one of the following basis: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the certifying officer or other officer of applicant approved by the State; or (b) that the applicant’s environmental review record for the project indicated omission of a required review process. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedure (24 CFR Part 58) and may be addressed to the State of Indiana, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Environmental Officer, One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2288.
Objections to the release of funds on basis other that those stated above will not be considered by the State. No objections received after May 30, 2018 will be considered by the State.
Danieta Foster
Town Council President
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Notice to Bidders

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Water Utility, Inc. will receive sealed bids for the 2018 WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT as briefly described below (the “Project”). Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Directors of Jackson County Water Utility, Inc., at the utility office 1119 W. Spring Street, Brownstown, IN 47220-1037 until 4:00 p.m. local time on MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. No late bids will be accepted and all bids received after 4:00 p.m. local time on May 21, 2018, will remain sealed and will be returned to sender unopened.
A MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE shall be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. The Pre-Bid meeting shall be held at the Jackson County Water Utility, Inc., office located at 1119 W. Spring Street, Brownstown, IN 47220-1037.
The Project consists of, but is not necessarily limited to, approximately 5+ miles of 10” SDR 21 PVC water main, 5+ miles of 8” SDR 21 PVC water main, 20+ miles of 6” SDR 21 PVC water main, and 3+ miles of 4” SDR 21 PVC water main. Method of construction is primarily open cut, with some areas of HDD installation. Project includes special crossings requiring jack and bore of steel casing (Interstate 65 in two locations, one railroad crossing, and several State Road crossings). Water main project shall extend water to areas that have no existing water utility service. Project shall include water mains, valves, hydrants, fittings and accessories, per plans and specifications. These items of work contain other miscellaneous items necessary and as specified to make this project complete.
All bids and proposals shall be properly and completely executed on the proposal forms provided with the plans and specifications, which will include the Non-Collusion Affidavit as required by the State of Indiana and Indiana State Board of Accounts Form 96 (revised 2013) including an Owner provided attachment thereto. The bid envelope must be sealed and have the words “BID – 2018 WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS” on the outside of the envelope.
A bid bond or certified check in an amount not less than FIVE percent (5%) of the amount bid must be submitted with each bid. Bid security shall be forfeited if a bid is withdrawn after the time and date set for receiving bids. Upon award of a contract but prior to the execution of a contract between the Jackson County Water Utility, Inc., and the Contractor, the Contractor shall provide a one hundred-twenty percent (120%) performance bond and one hundred percent (100%) payment bond. Any performance bond or labor and materials bond must remain in force for at least one (1) year beyond issuance of the Certificate of Substantial Completion. It is intended that actual construction of all work divisions shall be started as soon as practicable, and each bidder shall be prepared to enter promptly into a construction contract, furnish a performance and payment bond, and begin work without delay in the event the award is made to that bidder. Any bond submitted must be from a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Indiana.
Contract documents for the Project have been assembled into one bound project manual (the “Contract Documents”), which together with drawings, may be examined at the offices of:
(1) Office of the Jackson County Water Utility, Inc., Phone No. (812) 358-3654, 1119 W. Spring Street, Brownstown, IN 47220-1037
(2) Office of Curry & Associates, Inc., Phone No. (317) 745-6995, 110 Commerce Drive, Danville, Indiana 46122
Complete digital project bidding documents are available at The digital plan documents may be downloaded for $50.00 by inputting the Project Number 5689191, on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or for assistance.
Paper copies of the Bidding Documents may be obtained from Docunet Corp. located at 2435 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55441 (763.475.9600 or visit for a fee of $300.00 for each set. All payments and costs of documents are non-refundable.
Bidders shall assure that they have obtained complete set of specifications and Contract Documents and shall assume the risk of any errors or omissions in bids prepared in reliance on incomplete sets of specifications and Contract Documents.
This Project will be funded by the Indiana Finance Authority, State Revolving Fund Loan Program. The project shall comply with the requirements of the Federal Davis-Bacon Act. The Davis-Bacon Wage Scale shall be included in the contract documents. American Iron and Steel requirements shall apply to this project.
For special accommodations needed by handicapped individuals planning to attend the public bid opening meeting, please call or notify the General Manager’s office at (812) 358-3654 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior thereto.
No bidder may withdraw any bid or proposal within a period of sixty (60) days following the date set for receiving bids or proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to reject bids that do not meet the qualifications outlined in this Notice or in the bidding documents and to waive any formalities or irregularities in the bidding process or in any bid. The Owner further reserves the right to reject all bids, should the Owner determine, in the opinion of the Owner Council based on the bids received, that the contemplated cost of construction is not economically feasible. The Owner reserves the right to hold any or all bids or proposals for a period of not more than sixty (60) days and said bids or proposal shall remain in full force and effect during said period. The Owner reserves the right to reject and/or cancel any and all bids, solicitations and/or offers in whole or in part as specified in the solicitations.
Dated this 5th day of April, 2018.
Gloria Baughman, Board President
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