These Crothersville Elementary School students are vying to be this weekend’s Red, White & Blue Festival Prince & Princess. Front: Ava Hodge, daughter of Josh and Courtney Hodge; Teagan Cutshall, daughter of Derin and Tallas Cutshall; Hayden Pilgrim, daughter of Tiffany Reynolds; Olivia Justice, daughter of Jeremiah and Cassie Justice; Addison Greathouse, daughter of Jamy and Paula Greathouse; Shyla Steele, daughter of Shane and Crystal Steele. Back: Sully Mitchell, son of Eric and Amanda Mitchell; Caleb Moeller, son of Chad and Amanda Moeller; Josh Reynolds, son of Ryan Reynolds and Crystal Brown; Kolton Blevins, son of Kyler and Carley Blevins; Triston Tatlock, son of Nicholas and Cassandra Tatlock; Kamren Maxie, son of Jimmy and Stacy Maxie. The prince and princess will be announced from the festival stage Thursday evening.
The Crothersville Red White & Blue Festival kicks off June 6 for a flag waving salute to Old Glory and military service veterans. This year’s event is June 6-8 held at the Crothersville Community School grounds.
The is the 44th festival for the annual patriotic salute tagged as
“Indiana’s Most Patriotic Festival”, said festival director Sherry Bridges. “Our Community takes pride in honoring our veterans and Old Glory.”
Terry Prine will be master of ceremonies throughout the three-day festival, Bobby Deal is entertainment director.
Steel Horse Midway Attractions will be kicking off the festival this evening (Wednesday) June 5 for “Family Fun Night”. Discount bracelets can be purchased at The Peoples Bank in Crothersville for $13. Hours on Wednesday will be 5-9 p.m. Wristbands purchased on Wednesday at the ticket booth are $15. Wristbands purchased Thursday through Saturday will also be $15. Hours Thursday & Friday are 5-10 p.m. and Saturday noon to 10 p.m.
Always a crowd draw is the Baby Contest. This contest is open for everyone. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the CHS Gym. Judging begins at 5 p.m. Categories are, birth to three months, four to seven months, eight to 12 months, 13 to 24 months, 25 to 36 months and 37 to 48 months. First and second will be awarded to a boy and a girl in each category. Entry fee is $5.00. Winners will be announced from the stage at 6:30 p.m.
Registration for Little Mr & Miss RWB are for boys and girls ages three to five at 3 p.m. with judging beginning at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $10. The Twins Contest is for ages birth to 36 months. Registration is also at 3 p.m. with judging at 5 p.m. All winners will be announced from the stage at 6:30 p.m.
The RWB Baby Contest is sponsored by ACTS (Actors Community Theater Seymour).
Booths open Thursday evening at 5 p.m. The 44th RWB Prince and Princess will be crowned at 5:30. The 43rd Prince Jude Howard and Princess Bella Riley will crown the new royalty. Crothersville FFA is sponsoring this event.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. as the community pauses to remember our local veterans. “It will be a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Those who undauntedly and courageously contributed to the defense of our nation,” said Bridges The festival committee will have a veterans memorial table set up and the community is welcome to bring pictures of their family and friends in remembrance of their military service.
Also, on hand Thursday will be Buddy Bat from Louisville. Buddy will assist with handing out the awards and visiting with his fans. “Make sure to get your picture taken with Buddy Bat,” said Bridges.
Taking the stage at 7 p.m. will be Chasity Morris with Karaoke.
Starting at 8 p.m. and closing out the night is a newcomer to the festival, Jackson County’s own Justyn Underwood.
Dillon Maschino is organizing the RWB Car Show starting Friday, June 7, at 5 to 7:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10 and the winner of the best car will win half of the entry fee money. The cars will be set up in the elementary parking lot. Sponsors of the event are Maschino’s Car Detailing and Beauty From The Ashes Tattoos.
Country Kickers will kick off the night at 5:30 in front of the stage.
Grandview Junction has become a favorite of the community festival and they will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by Real Country Band at 7:30 p.m.
It wouldn’t be a festival without Crothersville’s Southern Comfort. The home town boys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m
The Festival starts early Saturday morning, June 8, with the Crothersville FFA serving breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and drink beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the FFA Booth.
The Crothersville-Vernon Twp. Fire Department will sponsor the Waterball Contest with registration starting at 8 a.m. with “hoses up” at 9 a.m.. The contest will set up on South Preston Street in front of the school. The fireman will also be cooking their famous fish sandwiches serving from the Firehouse on Moore Street, Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m to 10 p.m.
At 8:30 a.m. kids ages six to 12 can participate in the 1 mile Mini Kids Run. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. John Riley is organizing this event and all proceeds benefit the Crothersville Elementary travel basketball teams.
Hammacher Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m with, “Arts in the Ville”. Food and cold drinks will be available.
At 11 a.m. will be a Pork Burger Eating Contest. Participants will see how many FFA Pork Burgers they can eat in 10 minutes. Kids will try at 11 a.m. and the adults at 11:15. Winners will receive cash prizes.
Parade Directors Marion Gill and Cami Brumett and their team will be set up at the corner of East and Bard Streets to begin registration for the parade at 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Judging begins at 1:00 p.m. Participants can still register and line up until 1:30 p.m but will not be judged.
The oldest contest of the RWB Festival, The Pet and Bike Parade will begin at Noon in front of the stage. Ages are pre-school to kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade. Children are encouraged to dress in patriotic colors, decorate their bicycles, wagons and their favorite pets.
The 44th RWB Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. Grand Marshall’s are the festival committee members who are retiring. Combined they have a total of 157 years of community service. Those retiring are, Doris Kovener, Terry Prine, Bobby Deal, Marion Gill, Cami Brumett and Sherry Bridges.
Traditional Young Farmers are sponsoring the Pedal Tractor Pull starting at 3:30 p.m on South Preston Street. Registration is at 3 p.m.
Also, at 3:30 p.m the Stars and Stripe Cloggers will be stepping to the music in front of the stage.
KO’s Martial Arts will be doing a demonstration at 4:30 p.m in front of the stage.
Colt Wienhorst will be on stage at 5 p.m. Colt is well know around Jackson County and Southern Indiana and has quite the following. He will be singing some of his own songs mixed with some old favorites.
At 6 p.m Crothersville favorite Brian Fink will perform some rockin blues with some of his favorite songs. Brian has been preforming at the festival for over 20 years.
Matthew Williams will be center stage at 7 p.m. Steel Country Band will close out the festival at 8 p.m.
Booth raffles will be drawn from the stage at 9 p.m.
Throughout the three day festival the RWB Antique Farm Tractor Show will take place along Howard Street. Floyd Barger is the director of the event.
Handicap parking will be in the school administration parking lot at the sound end of Preston Street. Restrooms are located inside the gym entrance.
We ask that you leave your pets at home unless they are in a contest or a service animal. Also, bicycles are not to be ridden on the festival grounds unless in the parade.
The RWB Festival Committee encourages the community to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the events while visiting with family and friends
On Tuesday, May 28, two Jackson County residents were arrested on related incidents on drug charges following a traffic stop and search warrant in Seymour, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Trooper Tia Deaton stopped a 2000 Honda passenger car for a traffic violation on Sprenger Road in Seymour. During the course of the traffic stop, the officer became suspicious of criminal activity taking place. She requested assistance from Trp. Randel Miller and K-9 Jinx. Jinx alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, troopers located approximately 50 grams (about a 1/4 of a cup) of suspected crystal methamphetamine.
The driver of the vehicle, Derrick Neal Broshears, 34, of Seymour was arrested for dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Wheeles reported that troopers then responded to a room at the Motel 6 in Seymour that was rented by Broshears. Upon arriving at the room, troopers located April R. Williams, 38, of Crothersville in the room.
After obtaining a search warrant for the room, troopers located syringes, drug paraphernalia, a legend drug, and additional evidence of dealing methamphetamine.
Williams was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringe, possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both Broshears and Williams were lodged in the Jackson County Jail pending their initial appearances in the Jackson County Circuit Court.
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a possible drowning that occurred Saturday afternoon, June 1, at Hardy Lake in Scott County.
According to DNR Capt. Jet Quillen, just after 4 p.m. Saturday, first responders were dispatched to the beach area of Hardy Lake regarding a possible drowning.
Tim Nickelson, 53, of Marengo, was recovered in approximately 4 feet of water by other swimmers, Quillen reported. “Once out of the water, CPR was started before Nickelson was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead,” he said.
DNR officers’ initial investigation has revealed that Nickelson was swimming with friends and family when they noticed he was missing. Swimmers at the beach began searching the water, eventually locating Nickelson under the surface.
The exact cause of death is pending an autopsy, which was scheduled for Monday.
Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.
Do you have an old or expired child’s car seat? Most caregivers are unaware that car seats have an expiration date. Unless explicitly listed, most car seats expire six years after its manufactured date.
Schneck Medical Center in Seymour is holding a Car Seat Recycling Event to ensure expired seats are not reused or re-distributed throughout the community and putting other children in danger.
The car seats will be recycled at a secure location-preventing anyone from picking up and reusing unsafe seats.
Schneck’s Car Seat Recycling Event will be held on June 15, 9 a.m. to noon behind the Schneck Cancer Center. No need to find parking. Simply pull up and staff will take the seats.
For more information on the Car Seat Recycling Event or for information on how to properly install a car seat, call Schneck’s Family Life Center at 812-522-0435.
(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments Archives.) As a youth I loved going to Grandma & Grandpa’s farm near Dudleytown. And I suppose my Mom & Dad appreciated the break from reining in a rambunctious rascal of a son. Grandma always wore a big apron when around the farm. Unlike a tie around the waist apron, this sleeveless smock was somewhat like an overdress. Perhaps the female readers of this column remember making such an apron in Home Economics? But maybe it has been so long that they don’t remember Home Ec? Or maybe with the emphasis today on technical training, STEM classes, and dual diplomas, maybe knowing how to cook and sew isn’t important. Afterall, we can always get an unhealthy meal at a restaurant and go buy a new item of clothing when a button falls off. But we all should remember those big aprons Grandma wore…even if they aren’t worn much today. The principal use of Grandma’s big apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material. But along with that, aprons served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken house, the apron was used for carrying eggs. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy grandchildren. And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow bent over the hot canning stove. From the garden, it carried in all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled on the front porch, it carried out the hulls to the chicken yard. In the autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the lane, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When it was mealtime, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to lunch. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes. The health department would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron. But I don’t think I ever caught anything from Grandma’s apron but love.