In this business there are sometimes things people say that make me do a double take. “Did they really mean to say that?” I think to myself.
Then there are those quotes that make me think “Durn, I wish I had said that.”
It is on that latter premise that this week’s tome is focused. But much of the work was already done by Kentucky writer and historian Bill Ellis whose essay in Kentucky Monthly highlighted memorable quotations.
George Washington in his 1796 farewell address warned “Steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” That 230 year old advice of the Father of our Country should be heeded in today’s world.
In 1820, Thomas Jefferson, who owned nearly 600 slaves at one time, understood the impossibility of devising a plan to free all of his slaves or end the institution peaceably when he wrote “We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go.” And such is our situation in Iraq and Syria.
Andrew Jackson, who had profound hatred for his southern contemporaries John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, allegedly said on his deathbed “My only regrets are that I did not hang Calhoun and shoot Clay.”
Death is final but sometimes the literary post-mortems are funny.
When told of an illness of a person he did not like journalist Irvin S. Cobb reportedly quipped, “I have just heard of his illness. Let’s hope it is nothing trivial.”
Mark Twain, who had plenty of quotations, once said about the death of a nemesis, “I did not attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
Acerbic attorney Clarence Darrow had similar sentiments when he said “I’ve never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”
Then there is the story attributed to historian Thomas D. Clark: “An old man who died had not lived an exemplary life. The funeral would be large owing to his multitudinous family. But it was difficult to find a minister to officiate owing to the irascible nature of the old man. But a young pastor, new to the community, jumped at the chance to deliver an oration. He highly praised the deceased, claiming the man had lived a life of self-sacrifice and sobriety, had given sacrificially to the church, and had been a friend of man and beast alike. When the preacher stopped to catch his breath, the widow nudged a son sitting beside her, saying ‘Go up there and see if that’s your Pap in that coffin’.”
To close this column which started out with quotes but seems to have ended on death, let me leave you with a title of a book by the late southern writer Lewis Grizzard: “Elvis Is Dead, and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself.”
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There are 130 properties in Jackson County with delinquent property taxes that could be sold at tax sale on Oct. 17, according to a public notice published in this week’s Crothersville Times.
There are 21 parcels with delinquent taxes in Crothersville and Vernon Township where over $19,000 is owed.
Indiana law allows for properties that have delinquent taxes for more than 18 months can be sold at auction to pay the taxes. After any sale, owners of the property have a year to redeem or repay the auction purchaser in order to keep their property.
If the owners redeem their property within the first six months of the tax sale, auction purchasers can earn 10% interest on the delinquent tax paid. After six months to redeem the property the owner would have to pay 15%.
Owners of properties with delinquent taxes can pay the back taxes and have their property removed from the tax sale.
Police continue to search for a man who robbed two banks in Jackson County last Thursday morning.
Centra Credit Union, on Jackson Park Drive in Seymour was robbed around 10:49 a.m. last Thursday, Aug. 28. The second was reported at 11:45 a.m. at The Peoples Bank on North Armstrong Street in Crothersville.
Police said video surveillance shows the same man robbed both banks.
He is described as white and fair-skinned, about 6 feet, roughly 200 pounds, with short, reddish/brown hair. Police report he’s clean shaven with sideburns.
During the Seymour robbery, the suspect wore a blue-and-white button-up plaid shirt with a dark T-shirt underneath. He also wore camouflage cargo shorts and a camouflage hat.
The man wore the same attire at the Crothersville bank except he changed his shirt to one that had the words “Mr. Rogers” printed on it.
Seymour Chief of Police Bill Abbott said the first robbery began when the man walked into Centra Credit Union and passed the teller a note.
The robber got an undetermined amount of cash, police said.
No injuries were reported in either robbery, Abbott said.
Abbott said the man fled on foot to a vehicle parked southwest of the bank at an apartment complex near Oak Street and Miller Lane. Police have no description of the vehicle.
Cash was found on the ground near the bank.
“I’m guessing he dropped it,” Abbott said. “It was in an envelope, and it may have been stuck in his pocket and fell out as he ran.”
Police said they are unsure if he acted alone.
Police said the man then drove to the Crothersville bank and robbed it in a similar way- handing the teller a note and then fleeing on foot, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze.
The state police are investigating the Crothersville robbery.
Houze said the man did not display a weapon during the Crothersville robbery.
Detectives from the law enforcement agencies are comparing notes and evidence as they continue the investigations.
“Obviously, there’s a whole lot of information we’re piecing together between us,” Abbott said.
Area agencies, such as the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Department, also were notified immediately after the first robbery.
Police are not releasing how much money was taken in either robbery.
Margaret R. Brown Elementary School and Crothersville Community Schools, which are both within the area of the two banks, were put on lockdown as a precaution.