Town To Flush Hydrants June 1

Crothersville Utility workers will be flushing fire hydrants next Wednesday, June 1, according to water superintendent Chris Mains.

The procedure, which removes rusts and sediments from water mains is done periodically.

“Additionally, the flushing allows the utility to find and repair faulty fire hydrants in the community,” said Mains.

The work will begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day until all lines have been flushed.

“We recommended residents not do laundry during this time to prevent the possibility of staining clothing due to rust and other sediment in the water,” he said. “The water should be cleared by Thursday morning.”

Red, White & Blue Festival Baby Contest Information

The Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival Baby Contest will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the CHS gym.

Registration will begin at 2:30 in the gym

There are 6 age groups for boys and girls with awards going to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Entry Fee is $5.00 per baby.

The festival baby contest is sponsored by Reins to Recovery Therapeutic Riding Center.

For more information call Kristye Lewis at 812-521-0901.

A Memorial Day Fishing Memory

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

I sat on the wilderness front porch with a chilled adult beverage late Saturday afternoon contemplating the coming week’s activities. There was the buzzing of bees and the sound of a single early cicada calling from the trees. A fish splashing in the lake to catch a low flying insect triggered a memory from long ago.

It was Memorial weekend in 1987 and the 17-year cicada were hatching.

Sipping on my mint enhanced icy libation, I let my memories take me back to that fun-filled day when  younger brother Whitney, friend Vaughn Isenhower, and I had took a Memorial Day fishing expedition.

We opted for an early morning departure for the fishing hole deciding to try an little used fishing spot on Mutton Creek just north of the Vernon Township line. The two younger fishermen told me the spot was little used, but a well-beaten path all along the creek told me otherwise.

We had ample night crawlers, baited up and waited for the action. And waited. And waited.

As the morning warmed we were getting bored. We noted more and more of the freshly surfaced cicada grubs had come up on the nearby weeds and trees to shed their shell and become adults.

Frustrated with the lack of fishing action, I grabbed one of those grubs, impaled it on a hook and cast to the middle of the creek. Before the bobber could stand straight up it was heading for the bottom. I set the hook and cranked the reel. In short order a plate size catfish was the first on the stringer.

Not sure if it was a fluke, I re-baited with another cicada grub and flung the bait into the creek. Same action, same results.

It didn’t take Whit & Vaughn long to reel in and follow the leader and they, too, got the same results.

Now we boys were having so much fun. Every grub brought to shore a plate size catfish.

Then, just to show that she can be a mysterious woman, Mother Nature gave the fish lockjaw. Not narry another nibble was detected.

Eventually the fishermen grew bored again and noticing a recently pupated cicada had shed its shell and was drying its wings in the sun, I grabbed it and with a “Any bets he can’t fly across the creek” lofted the inexperienced flier up over the water. He buzzed through the air before landing with an exhausted plop on the surface. It buzzed a couple of times trying to take off before a bluegill had him for lunch.

On cue, all three fishermen reeled in as fast as they could, took off the grub, took off the sinkers, grabbed a winged cicada and began having fun again hauling in bluegill.

I was still having fun when I notice my watch said I had to leave to get the week’s newspaper done. Whit & Vaughn feigned being sorry that I couldn’t continue fishing as they kept pulling them in.

As my present day libation was drained, I was swept back from my memory. I did some quick math and according to my beverage assisted calculations the next 17-year cicada brood will return to provide more fishing bait in 2021.

Perhaps the now gray haired— but just as youthful— trio should begin clearing their schedule for another Memorial weekend fishing expedition.

Public Notices



Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of Jackson County, Indiana, that the proper legal officer of Jackson County at their regular meeting place at Jackson County Courthouse Annex, at 6:00 p.m. on the 15th day of June, 2016, will consider the following appropriations in excess of the budget for the current year.

County Cum Capital Development Fund

40000 Capital Outlays                                                                 36,689

Total County Cum Capital Development Fund                    36,689

2016 LOIT  Special Distribution

40000 Capital Outlays                                                               882,113

Total  2016 LOIT Special Distribution Fund                        882,113

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: May 25, 2016

Kathy S. Hohenstreiter

Fiscal Officer

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Hearing on a Proposed Cumulative Firefighting Building & Equipment Fund

Notice is hereby given to the Taxpayers of Vernon Township Fire Protection District located in Jackson County, Indiana, that the Vernon Township Fire Protection District Board will meet at 200 Moore Street in Crothersville on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the establishment of a Cumulative Firefighting Building & Equipment Fund under the provisions of Indiana Code 36-8-14. The purpose of the fund is purchase of firefighting equipment and other legal uses as set out in IC 36-8-14.

The tax will be levied on all taxable real and personal property within the taxing district and will not exceed three and thirty-three one hundreths (0.0333) per $100 of assessed valuation. The proposed fund will be levied beginning in 2016 with tax payable in 2017. Taxpayers appearing at the hearing shall have a right to be heard thereon.

The proposal for the establishment of the Cumulative Firefighting Building & Equipment Fund is subject to approval of the Department of Local Government Finance.

Within thirty (30) days after the date of adoption of the cumulative fund, the Vernon Township Fire Protection District President will publish a Notice of Adoption.

Upon publication of the Notice of Adoption, Ten (10) or more taxpayers in the taxing district may file a petition with the County Auditor not later than noon thirty (30) days after the publication of the Notice of Adoption setting forth their objections to the proposed tax levy.

Vernon Township Fire Protection District Board

Lynn Howard, President

Vernon Township

Fire Protection District 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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On May 3, 2016, Town Council of the Town of Crothersville, Indiana passed the ordinance printed below. This ordinance includes the penalties designated in the Crothersville Town Code.

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 – 2


“An ordinance amending the Traffic Code of the Town of Crothersville, Jackson County, Indiana.”

WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of Crothersville, Indiana has previously established regulations for stop intersections on local streets in the Town of Crothersville, Indiana; and

WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of Crothersville, Indiana seeks to amend the schedule of stop intersections (Chapter 71, Schedule III, “Stop Intersections”).


Section 1: Chapter 71, Schedule III, “Stop Intersections” is hereby amended to read as follows:

The following intersection is hereby designated as a three-way stop intersection: Kovener Street southbound at Benham Avenue eastbound,

and Industrial Way northbound

Section 2: Should any section, paragraph, clause, or phrase of this ordinance be declared unconstitutional or invalid, the remainder of said ordinance shall continue in full force and effect.

Section 3: All prior ordinances or parts thereof inconsistent with any provision of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 4: That this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, publication, and approval by the Town Council, all as by law provided.

ADOPTED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL this 3rd day of May, 2016.

Lenvel Robinson, Council President

Chad Wilson, Council Vice President

Danieta Foster

Robert Lyttle

Brenda Holzworth


Terry Richey, Clerk-Treasurer

Town of Crothersville, Indiana

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Early Friday Morning Crash Claims Life Of Toddler

A two-vehicle crash at 12:40 a.m. Friday morning, May 13, claimed the life of a 3-year-old local girl. Tavaya A. Bevers, age 3, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Windstar driven by her father, Devin A. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville.

Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South (Retreat Road) north of Crothersville.

Sawyer's 2006 Jeep Liberty

Sawyer’s 2006 Jeep Liberty

According to Trooper Jacob Tolle, Brent A. Sawyer, 21, of rural Crothersville was southbound in a 2006 Jeep Liberty when he crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by Devin P. Bevers, 30, of rural Crothersville. The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway.

Bevers’ daughter, Tavaya A. Bevers, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers’ vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center where she died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, police reported.

Police said the toddler was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred.

Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

Trooper Tolle was assisted at the scene by ISP Troopers Matt Holley, Korry Clark, and Tia Deaton, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, and Vernon Township Fire Department,

Tavaya Aklynn Bevers, 3, died at 12:50 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Born July 12, 2012 in Seymour, she was the daughter of Devin P. Bevers of Uniontown, and Tonia G. Miller of Crothersville.

Other survivors include, a brother, Driften Scott Bevers of Crothersville; a sister, Tayla Vernon of Crothersville; grandparents, Sherry Gullett (James) Pray of Crothersville, Carla Vail Minton of Uniontown, Kerry Bevers of Seymour: great-grandmother, Donna Vail of Uniontown, aunts & uncles, Tamara (Benny) Barger of Scottsburg, Casey Cross, Joseph Miller and Jeremy Miller all of Uniontown, Ryan Bevers of Morgantown, Matthew Gullett of Crothersville, and James Hendricks of Seymour.

She was preceded in death by an uncle, Toby Miller and great grandparents, Clifford Vail and Emil & Geraldine Gullett.

The funeral was conducted Monday from Adams Funeral Home in Crothersville with burial in Zoah Cemetery.