Making Gingerbread Houses At The Library

Eleven-year-old Kaia Davis (left) concentrates as she squeezes more icing onto her gingerbread house while Sara Slone (at right) taste tests the sticky confection.
Last Thursday 40 area youngsters (and a couple of oldsters) took part in the annual holiday tradition at the Crothersville library of building graham cracker gingerbread houses.

City of Austin Bans Smoking In Public Places

Using Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Can Mean A $25 Fine

In January smoking in public places will be against the law inside Austin city limits.
At their Dec. 10 meeting, the Austin City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes in public places. That includes places of employment; all buildings and grounds of Scott County School District 1 including athletic facilities; child care, adult day care and heathcare facilities; any retail or service business; and within 15 feet of all outdoor playgrounds were among the places where smoking is specifically prohibited.
A legal notice detailing the new ordinance is found on Page 6 of this print issue of Times and online in the Public Notices section of crothersvilletimes.com. The smoking ban will go into effect 30 days after publication.
“There is evidence of the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke,” reads the ordinance. “Smoking is a health hazard to the smoker and non-smoker alike and it is a potential fire hazard which can result in economic loss.”
Mayor Dillo Bush said he expects some pushback as a result of the ordinance, “but the purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public health by prohibiting smoking in public places and to guarantee the right of non-smokers to breathe smoke-free air.”
The ordinance’s definition of smoking includes inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any cigar, cigarette, or pipe and any device intended for inhalation including hookahs and smoking marijuana. Use of electronic smoking devices which create an aerosol or vapor are also prohibited.
Smoking is not entirely banned in the community. The ordinance does not regulate smoking in private residences or on private residential property.
Public streets and sidewalks in the City of Austin are not included in the definition of public places.
The ordinance allows smoking at least 15 feet outside any area where smoking is prohibited. The distance is “to ensure that…smoke does not enter through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or by any other means”.
Anyone who violates the new ordinance and any business owner, manager or employee who allows someone to violate the ordinance by permitting smoking in a place frequented by the public can be fined $25 per occurrence.
The Scott County Health Department is charged with enforcing the new ordinance and any citizen who sees a violation of smoking in a public place can initiate enforcement by registering a complaint with that department.

Annexations Result in Scott County Precinct Boundary Changes

Unless objections are filed by the end of this month, three precinct boundaries in Scott County will be changed, according to a public notice ad found on Page 8 of this week’s Times print edition and in the Public Notices section of crothersvilletimes.com.
The boundaries of Jennings 2, Vienna 3 and Vienna 5 precincts would be altered to take into effect recent annexations by the City of Austin and the City of Scottsburg, according to Scott County Clerk Missy Applegate.
The proposed precinct boundary changes will allow those residents who formerly live outside of corporate boundary area to vote in the 2019 municipal elections.
The county’s proposed precinct boundary changes have been submitted to the Election Division of the Indiana Secretary of State which has determined that the proposed changes comply with state law.
It is up to the commissioners of each county in the state to establish voting precinct boundaries within their county.
Scott County residents objecting to the proposed precinct changes can file an objection in writing with the Election Division of the Secretary of State. “The statement must set for the voter’s specific objections to the proposed changes,” the notice reads.
Objections must be filed in Indianapolis no later than noon on Dec. 31.
A complete copy of the county’s proposed charges is available for public inspection in the Scott County Clerk’s office and the SOS Election Division Office.

Maybe It Wasn’t The Grinch Who First Stole Christmas

by Curt Kovener

A law was passed requiring everyone to pay a tax in his hometown. That was the law decreed over 2,000 years ago by an occupying Roman government authority. So without government involvement, Old Testament prophecy would not have been fulfilled and Jesus may not have been born in Bethlehem.
Think of that next time someone shouts government should get out of our lives.
And if conservative anti-tax politicians were alive then maybe they would have been responsible for prophesy not being fulfilled. And what if that caravan of taxpaying immigrants were crossing boarders today…what would believers do?
It could be said that government historically has been involved with religion since before Christendom. In judicial circles that is what is known as a precedent.
Much breath has been expended on what some claim is an attempt to de-Christianize Christmas. “Merry Christmas”: the seasonal greeting must not be “Happy Holidays”.
It is hard to believe in this season of love that Christians want to fight a war over the proper way, in their view, to celebrate. So much for embracing “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”
And a Christmas tree should not be called a holiday tree, they say. I have a friend who has a small artificial tree in the corner of her family room and it gets decorated with hearts of Valentine’s Day, flags and red, white & blue festooning on Memorial Day & 4th of July; pumpkins and things that go bump in the night for Halloween, turkey and harvest ornaments at Thanksgiving and Christmas lights and ornaments in December: a true holiday tree.
Other than Old Testament prophecy and the Scriptural notation of Jesus’ birth, there is no Biblical directive to celebrate His birth. Scholars are not really sure of the date of Christ’s birth. So our December celebration is not historically nor theologically accurate.
Christmas or celebration of Christ’s Mass came about as the result of an early church takeover of the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice. In ancient Rome, the December holiday of Saturnalia was celebrated by a time of drinking and merry making. The Druids in what is now the United Kingdom had similar celebrations using evergreen trees. They would bring evergreen conifer trees into their abode to signify the renewal of life even in the winter. Thus the insistence that “they are Christmas trees” have their beginnings in pagan religious observance.
These non-religious observances were embraced by early church leaders and eventually, over time, were cleaned & laundered to “Christianize” the observance.
So it could be said it wasn’t the Grinch that stole Christmas, it was the post crucifixion believers who, in a sense, violated the “Thou shalt not steal” commandment.
Over the centuries, history and folklore from a number of countries and cultures melded together so that today it is difficult to sort actual events from the church’s re-written history and tradition.
The early church ministry of Saint Nicholas sought to provide food to poor children. He was also the patron saint of virgins and was an intercessory to help encourage purity. (Could it be that this is where the ‘naughty and nice list’ had its origin?)
As word spread over time, other countries developed their own kind of gift-giving Saint Nicholas.
The concept that Saint Nicholas was garbed in a red suit and white fur has been modified over time from a tall, thin character to short, round with elfin characteristics. His appearance, name and paraphernalia such as sleigh and reindeer evolved over the years as writers put pen to paper.
In 1823 C. Clement Moore wrote A Visit from Saint Nicholas which we know more familiarly from its starting phrase “’Twas the night before Christmas…” Based on Moore’s literary description, the contemporary image of a rotund jolly character continued to be modified and was made internationally familiar beginning in the 1920’s through illustrator Haddon Sundblom’s annual winter advertising for Coca-Cola.
It is interesting to note that as fervently as fundamental believers today insist that nonbelievers are attempting to remove Christ from Christmas, early Hoosier Christian fundamentalists were just as fervent in their opposition to celebrating Christmas.
Since no Biblical reference was made that believers should celebrate Christmas, early Christian settlers declined to observe the day claiming if it wasn’t scriptural to celebrate Christ’s birthday, then it was secularly inspired.
How’s that for ironic holiday twists? Some Christian fundamentalists today becoming militant insisting on keeping Christ in Christmas while some of our founding Christian leaders opposed its celebration as having no scriptural basis yet centuries earlier other church leaders took a purely pagan observance and stole it to make it Christian.
I’ll leave you to meditate on that and wish you a Merry Christmas.

Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF LAPSE OF MINERAL INTEREST
TO: Robert E. Ruth and Louise Ruth, husband and wife, and their successors, heirs, and assigns;
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an undivided one-third (1/3) mineral interest reserved by the above-named parties has LAPSED pursuant to Indiana Code § 32-23-10-2. This undivided one- third (1/3) interest is extinguished and ownership has reverted to Tex Murphy and Cora Jean Murphy, husband and wife, and Joey Murphy, the owner of record of the interest out of which the mineral interest was carved.
The above-named parties reserved their undivided one-third (1/3) mineral interest in a Warranty Deed to Thomas L. Murphy and Mary C. Murphy, husband and wife, dated October 16, 1986 and recorded February 13, 1987 in Deed Record Volume 77, Page 315 in the official records of Scott County, Indiana. The mineral interest relates to the following described real property:
LEGAL DESCRIPTION
A part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 3 North of Range 6 East, Jennings Township, Scott County, Indiana, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Section 2 and running thence South with the section line 516 feet to THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING of this description; thence East parallel with the North line of said Section 2, a distance of 1690 feet; thence North parallel with the West line of said Section 2 a distance of 516 feet to the North line of said Section 2, thence East with the Section line 335 feet, thence South parallel with the West line of said Section 2, to the South line of said Northwest Quarter, thence West with the South line of said Northwest Quarter to the West of said Section 2, thence North with the Section line to THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 85.5 acres, more or less.
Said land also identified as Scott County Tax Parcels No. 72-04-02-200-021.000-002 and No. 72-04-02-200-018.000-003.
Anyone that wishes to protect or challenge this disposition has sixty (60) days to contact the party below:
Mr. Joey Murphy
1081 South Findley Firehouse Road
Scottsburg, Indiana 47170
(812) 595-6635
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LEGAL NOTICE
The following will be sold for charges:
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2000 FORD VIN 1FMDU74E5YUB55163 $2,250.00
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2006 KIA VIN KNDJC733565616671 $2,400.00
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LEGAL NOTICE
These are the Court Claims that were approved by Commissioners for the month of September 2018.
Circuit Court
Bedford Office Supply, $87.86; Christie Guthrie, $1020.00; Pete Walker, $175.00; Pitney Bowes Global, $156.00; Thomson Reuters-West, $1529.50
Superior Court I
Bedford Office Supply Inc, $220.75; Marshall Memories, $1203.36; Phillips & Co, $180.00; Postmaster, $285.90
Superior Court II
Bedford Office Supplies, $1445.02; IN Council of Juvenile, $195.00; Melissa Hayes, $1168.00; Smith Law Services, $1400.00; South Central IN Interpreting, $684.40
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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LEGAL NOTICE
These are the Court Claims that were approved by Commissioners for the month of October 2018.
Circuit Court
Offices Gutierrez, $168.00; Christie A Guthrie, $493.00; Bedford Office Supply Inc, $2.58; Quill Corporation, $251.49; Comcast Cable, $240.90
Superior Court I
Bedford Office Supply Inc, $440.33; Postmaster, $1715.40; Amy Marie Travis-Lucas, $276.95; Travis Thompson, $25.00
Superior Court II
Bedford Office Supplies, $660.88; Smith Law Services, $1650.00; South Central IN Interpreting, $314.00
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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LEGAL NOTICE
These are the Court Claims that were approved by Commissioners for the month of November 2018.
Circuit Court
Offices Gutierrez, $168.00; Christie A Guthrie, $2176.00; Blondie’s Pizzeria, $333.05; Azteca Mexican Restaurant, $587.65; Comcast Cable, $481.80; Phillips & Co, $530.00; Pengad Inc, $46.45; Bedford Office Supply, $27.69; Quill Corporation, $1455.54; Thomson Reuters West, $3059.00; Dr. Mohammad Mian, MD, $450.00; Pitney Bowes, $5000.00; Herbert Walker, $25.00; Denise Connell, $50.00; Business Office Solutions, $1740.00; Toshiba Business Solutions, $1074.06
Superior Court I
Bedford Office Supply Inc, $290.59; Phillips & Co, $345.00; CDW Government, Inc, $262.33
Superior Court II
Bedford Office Supplies, $721.10; Smith Law Services, $3600.00; South Central IN Interpreting, $314.00; Melissa Hayes, $1444.00
Kathy S. Hohenstreiter
Jackson County Auditor
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS OF ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATIONS
Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Scott County, Indiana that the Scott County Redevelopment Commission, will meet in the Commissioners Room, Suite 128, 1 East McClain Ave, Scottsburg, IN at 11:30 a.m. on the 7th day of January, 2019, to consider the following additional appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.
Fund Name:
TIF Allocation Fund -Capital Outlay $ 100,000
TIF Allocation Fund-Other Services $20,000
TIF Allocation Fund-Other Services $25,000
Taxpayers appearing at the meeting shall have a right to be heard. The additional appropriations as finally made will be referred to the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF). The DLGF will make a written determination as to the sufficiency of funds to support the appropriations made within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a Certified Copy of the action taken.
Dated: December 19, 2018
Tammy Stout Johnson
Scott County Auditor
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF PROPOSED PRECINCT BOUNDARY CHANGES
To the voters of Scott County:
You are notified that the Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana has determined that a proposed order by the Scott County board of Commissioners to change certain precinct boundaries within this county would comply with state law, and that the Election Division has notified the Commissioners that precinct boundaries may be established in accordance with the county’s proposed order.
The boundaries of the following existing precincts would be changed by the adoption of the county’s proposed order:
Jennings 2
Vienna 3
Vienna 5
Any registered voter of this County may object to the county’s proposed order by filing a sworn statement with the Election Division. This statement must set forth the voter’s specific objections to the proposed order, and request that a hearing be conducted by the Indiana Election Commission under the Administrative Orders and Procedures Act (Indiana Code 4-21.5).
The mailing address of the Election Division is:
Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana
302 West Washington Street, Room E-204
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2743
Any objection to the proposed order must be filed with the Election Division no later than noon, Indianapolis time on December 31, 2018. A complete copy of the county’s proposed order is available for public inspection and copying at the Scott County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, 1 East McClain Avenue, Suite 124, Courthouse, Scottsburg, IN and the Election Division.
The Scott County
Board of Commissioners
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LEGAL NOTICE
ORDINANCE 2018-06
AN ORDINANCE REGULATING SMOKING IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN
WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Austin has reviewed multiple studies and been presented information and evidence on the dangers of smoking and of secondhand smoke and finds that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution, and that breathing secondhand smoke is a cause of disease in healthy nonsmokers, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and lung cancer;
WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Austin further finds that smoking is a potential fire hazard and can lead to economic loss, and that the smoking of tobacco or the use of electronic cigarettes are forms of air pollution and constitute both a danger to health and constitute a public nuisance; and
WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Austin finds and declares that the purposes of this Ordinance are (1) to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public places; and (2) to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, and to recognize that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke in public places.
THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN that:
SECTION 1: DEFINITIONS.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
PERSON. Any man, woman, or child, regardless of age.
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. Any area under the control of a public or private employer including, but not limited to, work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, classrooms, employee cafeterias, hallways, and vehicles.
PUBLIC PLACE(S). Any area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted, including but not limited to, banks, bars, educational facilities, gaming facilities, health care facilities, hotels and motels, laundromats, public transportation vehicles and facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail food production and marketing establishments, retail service establishments, retail stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, theaters, and waiting rooms. A private residence is not a “public place” unless it is used as a childcare, adult day care, or health care facility.
SMOKE or SMOKING. Means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Article.
TOBACCO. Any of several plants belonging to the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, especially one of those species, as N. tabacum, whose leaves are prepared for smoking or chewing or as snuff; the prepared leaves, as used in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, any product or products made from such leaves; any of various similar plants of other genera.
SECTION 2: SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES PROHIBITED.
A. Prohibition of smoking in public places. Smoking shall be prohibited in any public place, including, but not limited to, the following areas:
1. Smoking shall be prohibited in all enclosed areas of places of employment without exception. This includes, without limitation, common work areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairs, restrooms, vehicles, and all other enclosed facilities.
2. All school buildings and grounds, including athletic facilities located within the Scott County School District 1, pursuant to the policy of Scott County School District 1;
3. In, and within fifteen (15) feet of, all outdoor playgrounds;
4. All other governmental buildings and grounds pursuant to policies adopted by such governmental entities;
5. Notwithstanding the foregoing prohibition, the Mayor, in his or her discretion, may provide a location for smoking outside city-owned buildings and on city-owned grounds that shall be a designated smoking area to be used only by employees of the city during a permissible work break. Such a designated location shall meet the conditions of division B below. An appropriate container shall be provided by the city at such location in order to avoid the accumulation of trash and debris and cigarette residue.
B. Reasonable distance. Smoking shall occur at least fifteen (15) feet outside any area where smoking is prohibited to ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or any other means. It shall be a violation for smoke to be detected in any area where smoking is prohibited.
C. Posting of signs – removing of paraphernalia.
1. “No Smoking” signs or the international “No Smoking” symbol (consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it) shall be clearly, sufficiently, and conspicuously posted in every building or other area where smoking is prohibited by this section, by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of such building or other area.
2. Every public place where smoking and tobacco is prohibited by this section shall have posted at every entrance, a conspicuous sign clearly stating that smoking and tobacco is prohibited.
3. All ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia shall be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited by this section, by the owner, operator, manager, or other person having control of such area.
D. Where Smoking Not Regulated. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article to the contrary, smoking shall not be prohibited in private residences, unless used as a childcare, adult day care, or health care facility.
E. Enforcement.
1. This Article shall be enforced by the Scott County Health Department.
2. Any citizen who desires to register a complaint under this Article may initiate enforcement with the Scott County Health Department.
3. A city duly authorized ordinance control officer may, while an establishment is undergoing otherwise mandated inspections, inspect for compliance with this Article.
4. An owner, manager, operator, or employee of an area regulated by this Article shall direct a person who is smoking in violation of this Article to extinguish or turn off the product being smoked. If the person does not stop smoking, the owner, manager, operator, or employee shall refuse service and shall immediately ask the person to leave the premises. If the person in violation refuses to leave the premises, the owner, manager, operator, or employee shall contact a law enforcement agency.
5. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, an employee or private citizen may bring legal action to enforce this Article.
6. In addition to the remedies provided by the provisions of this Section, the city or any person aggrieved by the failure of the owner, operator, manager, or other person in control of a public place or a place of employment to comply with the provisions of this Article may apply for injunctive relief to enforce those provisions in any court of competent jurisdiction.
F. Violations and penalties.
1. It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, operates, or otherwise controls the use of any premises subject to regulation under this section to fail to comply with any of its provisions.
2. It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls the use of any premises subject to regulation under this section to knowingly or willingly allow smoking to occur where prohibited by this section. It is a defense to this section, if the foregoing persons or their employees act in a reasonable and timely manner to personally inform the violator of the prohibition and request that he/she refrain from smoking.
3. It shall be unlawful for any person to smoke in an area where smoking is prohibited by the provisions of this section.
4. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to a fine of $25 for each violation of this section.
5. In addition to the fines established by this Section, violation of this Article by a person who owns, manages, operates, or otherwise controls a public place or place of employment may result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued to the person for the premises on which the violation occurred.
6. Violation of this Article is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, which may be abated by the city attorney at the direction of the Mayor by restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunction, or other means provided for by law, and the city may take action to recover the costs of the nuisance abatement.
7. Each day on which a violation of this Article occurs shall be considered a separate and distinct violation.
G. Public education. The city may engage in programs to explain and clarify the purposes and requirements of this section to citizens affected by it, and to lead owners, operators, and managers in their compliance with it.
H. Liberal Construction. This Article shall be liberally construed so as to further its purposes.
I. Severability. If any provision, clause, sentence, or paragraph of this Article or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall be held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect the other provisions of this Article which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Article are declared to be severable.
J. Other applicable laws. This section shall not be interpreted or construed to permit smoking where it is otherwise restricted by other applicable state or local laws.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Common Council of the City of Austin, Indiana on the 10th day of December 2018 by a vote of 5 to 0.
COMMON COUNCIL
CITY OF AUSTIN, INDIANA
ss/Brandon White
Brandon White, President
Attest:
Ss/Chris Fugate
Chris Fugate, Clerk-Treasurer
Presented by me to the Mayor of the City of Austin for his approval or veto pursuant to Indiana Code § 36-4-6-15 and 16, this 10th day of December 2018 at 6:15 p.m.
ss/ Chris Fugate
Chris Fugate, Clerk-Treasurer
This Ordinance having been passed by the legislative body and presented to me is approved by me and duly adopted, pursuant to Indiana Code § 36-4-6-16(a)(1), this 10th day of December 2018 at 6:15 p.m.
ss/ Dillo Bush
Dillo Bush, Mayor
Attest:
ss/ Chris Fugate
Chris Fugate, Clerk-Treasurer
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