17 Parcels Sell At Scott Tax Sale For Over $296,000

When the Scott County delinquent property tax sale list was first advertised in August there were 87 parcels with back taxes owed. By the time last Thursday’s tax sale began at the courthouse, that list had been pared down to 38 after property owners paid taxes owed prior to the sale.
Those 38 parcels owed a total of $191,260.28 in unpaid property taxes and fees. There were five successful bidders who paid a total of $296,743.33 for 17 parcels.
Twenty-one properties failed to obtain the minimum bid of taxes owed.
“The county is only interested in the taxes owed,” said Scott County Auditor Tammy Johnson. “The amount paid over the taxes owed will go into a surplus tax sale fund.”
She explained that those properties sold on Thursday can be redeemed by their owners by paying the taxes plus 10% for up to the next six months; after that the interest increases to 15%. Upon redemption, the surplus paid by the successful bidder will be returned to that bidder.
Successful bidders included:
•Savvy IN LLC of Memphis Tennessee which purchased four properties.
•M&M Investment Group LLC of Cortland, IN which purchased seven properties.
•Sabre Investments LLC of Carbondale, IL purchased three properties.
•Dale Ehringer of Norman, IN who purchased two properties.
•Hess & Hess LLC of Indianapolis which purchased one parcel..
The following parcels sold at tax sale. Listed is the property owner, address, taxes owed; buyer and amount paid.
Jennings Township
James & Ollie Tores, 1272 Mann Ave., $1,132.08; Hess & Hess, $1,132.08.
1st National Acceptance company, 888 N. Church St., $2,429.41; SAVVY IN LLC, $5,000.
Danny & Linda Vanover, 404 N. Church St., $2,547.48; SAVVY IN LLC, $5,500.
Berlin Terry and Junior Terry, 605 Church St., 2,044.61; SAVVY IN LLC, $5,000.
Michael W. Terry, Burlin Terry & Jeffrey L. Terry, 960 N. First St., $375.15; Dale Ehringer, $375.15.
Grover Stacey, 2557 N. East St., Scottsburg, $5,327.26; Sabre Investments, $10,000.
Grover & Sondra Stacey, 1.4343 acres behind 6790 Bogardus Road, Austin, $312.26; M&M Investment Group, $1,200.
Grover L. Stacey, 2633 Jeffrey St., Scottsburg, $8,302.76; M&M Investment Group, $28,000.
Roger J. & Katherine Stamper, 1247 Clay St., Austin, $263.31; M&M Investment Group, $14,000.
Johnson Township
Countryside Homes Inc., 2737 E State Road 256 containing 42.66 acres, Austin, $9,803.27; SAVVY IN LLC, $98,000.
Lexington Township
Martin Lee McCrady, 807 N Reid Road, Lexington, $536.10; Dale Ehringer, $536.10.
Russell Harbold, 5187 S. Slate Ford Road, Lexington containing 6.9 acres, $1,932.22; $M&M Investment Group, $6,500.
Vienna Township
Jeannette L. Emanuel, 366 N. Main St., Scottsburg, $1663.90; Sabre Investments, $30,000.
Mandi Rae Montgomery, 30.285 acres, Scottsburg, $639.88; Sabre Investments, $60,000.
Travis W. Jones, 60 E. Davis St., Scottsburg, $1,112.86; M&M Investment Group, $5,500.
Daniel R. Goetzinger, 805 E County Line Road, Underwood containing 3.796 acres, $466.25; M&M Investment Group, $20,000.
Southern Indiana Home Properties LLC, 807 S. First St., Scottsburg, $902.50; M&M Investment Group, $6,000.

Saturday’s Log Cabin Day Kicks Off Wildlife Refuge Week

October 13-19 is National Wildlife Refuge Week— a time to explore and celebrate National Wildlife Refuges. In southcentral Indiana, we are fortunate to have two National Wildlife Refuges fairly close together— Muscatatuck in Jackson, Jennings, and Monroe Counties, and Big Oaks in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties. Several special events will be going on during Refuge Week at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.
The kick-off for Refuge Week will be the annual Log Cabin Day Festival this Saturday, Oct. 12. The festival is held at Myers Cabin and features a free ham and bean dinner, old-time crafts, music, a blacksmith, a story-teller, wildlife exhibits, quilts, and lots of kid-friendly activities.
Activities will start at 10 a.m. and food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (or when it runs out). There is no cost to attend the event that is sponsored by the Muscatatuck Wildlife Society.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, “The Big Sit” bird count will take place at the Endicott Observation Deck. During normal refuge hours visitors are invited to come out and count/record the birds they see from the Observation Deck. Sitting in one place watching wildlife is fun, and everyone is welcome. Bird lists can be emailed to Muscatatuck@fws.gov or left at the Refuge Visitor Center.
From Sunday through Saturday of Refuge Week the Muscatatuck “closed” Waterfowl Sanctuary Area will be open to walk-in visitors.
Entries in the Muscatatuck Refuge Week Photography Contest will also be on display in the Muscatatuck Visitor Center.
For more information about events email Muscatatuck@fws.gov

New Scottsburg Dog Park Nearing Completion

Approximately seven acres of land on the city’s northeast side will soon be the home of the new Scottsburg dog park. The majority of that land was donated to the city of Scottsburg several years ago by Eric & Diane Graham and their daughter Lauren Graham.
According to Scottsburg parks director Jerry Asher, construction of the park is nearly complete and the park should be open to the public sometime this fall.
“The dog park will consist of two fenced dog runs, one for large dogs that are 25 pounds and over and one for smaller dogs. Owners and their dogs will be able to play and socialize,” he said, explaining that access to the park would be of Cedar Street.
Construction of the shelter house should be complete in the next couple weeks, he added. “It will include two metal picnic tables and restrooms for both men and women. Benches will also be placed outside of each fenced dog run. Drinking water will be available for both the dogs and their owners.
And there will also be dog wash stations and stations for waste and litter disposal.
Rules and regulations have been drafted and are expected to be adopted by the Scottsburg Parks Board in the near future, Asher said.
The park will be open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. It is anticipated that dog owners will pay a first year fee for use of the park of $25 with subsequent years having a $15 annual renewal fee.
Registration for use of the park will occur at Scottsburg City Hall and proof of proper dog vaccinations will be required at time of registration. “Once registered, dog owners will receive a key fob to operate the gates for entrance into the dog runs,” said Asher.
Mayor William Graham has announced that the park will be named the Eric and Lauren Graham Memorial Dog Park in honor of the deceased members of the Scottsburg community.
Mayor Graham stated that the land in the area of the park owned by the city consists of about 11 acres in total, and other ideas are being consider for that part of the land that will not be used by the dog park. Presently that land is a wooded area.
Both Mayor Graham and Parks Director Asher said they are excited to add the dog park to the City’s park system.
“I believe that dog owners and visitors to the park will be very pleased with the amenities available to both dogs and people using the park,” said Mayor Graham.
“Signage with directions to the park will soon be in place and residents should look forward to the park’s grand opening,” said Asher.

Communities Set Trick Or Treat Night

Youngsters in the communities of Crothersville, Austin and Scottsburg will be able to trick or treat on Halloween, Oct. 31.
In Crothersville and Austin the official treat seeking time is 6-8 p.m. Scottsburg youngsters can go door to door it their community from 6-8:30 p.m.
Residents welcoming youngsters are asked to turn on their front porch light. Trick or treaters should be accompanied by adult supervision

Harvest Dinner Sunday At Wegan

The Annual St. Paul Wegan Lutheran Church harvest dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, with serving from 4-7 p.m.
Cost of the dinner is a free-will contribution. Carry Out service will be available.
The church us located at 1165 E 400 S, west of Tampico.

Number Pul-leeze

by Curt Kovener

(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments archives.)
For some this may be a walk down memory lane, for others it could be considered a local history lesson. For the youngest of our readers this could be a “You’ve got to be kidding” column.
Back before cell phones, back before 411, 911, online whitepages, Google, and the old school plethora of thick multi-county telephone directories; back when a Crothersville phone number wasn’t 793- but SWift 3, the phone book was quite small and covered only one county.
It didn’t need to be big, there was only one phone line per family, that is, if your family had a phone.
In a box of unsold stuff at a recent local auction, I uncovered a 1960 Indiana Telephone Corporation phone book for Jackson County.
This 6-inch by 9 inch local bit of history has about 70 pages of listings and about an equal number of Yellow Pages of business listings and ads. However, the white and yellow pages have faded to about the same hue with the passage of time.
In it, I find dealers for DeSotos, Edsels, Ramblers and Hoosier made Studebakers. (For you youngsters, those were automobile brands.)
Ladies in Crothersville could have their hair properly coiffured at LaBelle Femme Beauty Salon or Style Mode Beauty Shop.
A phone listing for The Peoples Bank cannot be found. In 1960 it was known as the Brownstown Loan & Trust Co. Since 1960, many banks have changed names or merged.
Today’s families might be amused (or aghast) to know that even though there are dozens of pizza alternatives, in 1960 all of Jackson County had just a single pizza place.
It is interesting to see the ads for towing and hauling featuring the pictures of 1950-ish trucks. And gas stations touted their “fast, friendly service” where they came out to your vehicle, pumped your gas, checked your oil and cleaned your windshield and you paid around 39¢ a gallon.
In 1960 there were about a dozen places to have your TV repaired. Today, they are disposable. If it breaks it will cost more to fix it than to buy a new one…if you can find any electronics repair shop.
The residential phone listings were separated by community exchange. Back when this directory was new you could call all of the people in Crothersville you wanted for a local no-charge call. But to call another community would result in a long distance toll charge. Imagine calling someone in Uniontown (on the Seymour exchange) by dialing “0” because it was a long distance call.
Then after dialing “0” and waiting your turn, the operator would ask “Number please?” and after giving the number you wanted to reach you would be asked for your number. (That’s how you got the long distance charge on your phone bill.) Eventually, you got connected to your intended caller unless they were on a party line. More on this in a moment.
And long distant calls were not cheap by today’s standards. According to the phone book in 1960 it cost ‘only’ $1.40 for three minutes to talk to someone in New York City from Crothersville. Most contemporary long distant calling plans have that per minute fee beat. (2019 aside: and who would sit still for any long distance charges today?)
Many Crothersville and rural Jackson County phone customers were on a “party line” which grouped several homes together forcing everyone to share line usage. Woe to the teenager who talked too long. Party lines were also sources of community information…sometimes much of which the two callers preferred not to be aired publicly.
And in 1960 you didn’t carry your phone around in your pocket, purse or belt clip. There were no push buttons, touch screens, portable or stylish phones. There were two models: it set on a desk or it hung on the wall, And they came in one stylish color: black. And you could roam about the house in 1960 as you liked as long as you didn’t exceed the three-foot length of cord connecting the phone to the receiver.