Honoring A Crothersville Ambassador

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

We applaud Councilman Chad Wilson’s push and the Crothersville Town Council’s agreement to honor famous son Scott McKain by proclaiming a portion of US 31 through downtown as Scott McKain Way.

For those without gray hair or wrinkles (or maybe too many) or for those who have immigrated to the community in the past decade or two, McKain is a professional motivational speaker and author of business best selling books who for over 30 years has fired up businesses from Mexico to Morrocco…from Singapore to Sweden…and at the White House with the president in the audience.

Scott gets around. Those of us who grew up with Dallas & Polly’s boy and Shelley Sue’s older brother, know all of that.

His parents ran a mom & pop (literally) grocery store where Tanner’s Market is today at the corner of Main & Armstrong.

Scott had a gift for gab. Well before he graduated from CHS in 1973, he was a DJ at radio station WMPI in Scottsburg. After high school he got a degree from Franklin College and continued to hone his speaking and story telling craft on radio, TV, and in live venues.

But his speaking got its start with the Crothersville FFA and the district and state public speaking contests. McKain was the local president, then was elected and Indiana state officer and was a national FFA officer. Giving speeches all along the way.

His professional speaking engagements have allowed him to meet successful national and international business people, political leaders, and he has been known to rub elbows with some successful music groups. An interest, no doubt, planted from his father’s entertaining Southern Indiana clubs and dances as a part of the regionally known White River Valley Boys.

Throughout his 30 years public speaking career, Scott always mentions that he grew up in Crothersville… a smaller small town than John Mellencamp’s, he’s noted. On his website (scottmckain.com) he writes fondly of the community during his formative years. Even though we may not deserve it, he continues to be a good ambassador for Crothersville.

I got to grow up with Scott McKain, and being three years his senior got to mentor him (as best backward teenagers can) in the ways of the world (as long as the world didn’t involve too far outside of Crothersville.) We were in FFA and played in the high school band. We played a few gigs as a Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass knock off group back in the day.

We went to church camp together. I know a lot about Scott McKain and he knows a lot about me. Which is why we have a pact of silence when it comes to speaking or writing of some things in our collective past.

It is right for his hometown to officially recognize his achievements, his career and his continued kinship with Crothersville.


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Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Interstate North Of Uniontown

 I-65 Plane

A single engine plan carrying three people made an emergency landing Saturday morning on I-65 north of Uniontown. No one was injured in the incident.                                     ~photo courtesy of Richard Hanlin

Mechanical trouble forced a Carmel, Indiana pilot to land in the southbound lane of I-65 near the 42-mile marker north of Uniontown around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles reported that a 1967 Beechcraft Bonanza being piloted by Aaron Y. Wright, 44, of Carmel was flying from Carmel to Louisville, Kentucky when the plane began experiencing mechanical trouble. Wright said he turned the plane around in an attempt to make it to the Seymour airport. But realizing the plane would not make it to the airport, Wright decided to land the plane on the southbound lanes of the interstate. The plane made a successful landing before entering the median and coming to a stop in soft soil. The plane sustained damage upon coming to stop in the median Wheeles said.

Neither Wright nor his passengers, his wife, Jean, or 13-year-old son, sustained any injuries in the incident.

Both directions of I-65 were slow for approximately three hours while the incident was investigated. The northbound lanes of I-65 were shut down for approximately an hour for removal of the plane by31 Wrecker/Hercamp Crane.

The Indiana State Police, Federal Aviation Administration, and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting an investigation of the incident.

The Indiana State Police was additionally assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Seymour Police Department, Crothersville Police Department.


Austin Elementary Teacher, Two Others Arrested On Drug Offenses

Three Austin residents, including an elementary teacher at Scott County School District 1, were jailed Thursday afternoon for a variety of drug related offenses.

Indiana State Police Troopers, Scott County Deputies and Scott County Community Corrections officials conducted a search at a residence at 3171 Slab Road, east of Austin. During the search, Opana, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Arrested at the residence was Harold Matthew Kemp, 42, of that address who was charged with possession of a narcotic substance, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. Also arrested at the residence was Zackie White, 31, of Austin, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance.

During the investigation at the residence, officers learned another occupant of the residence was at work and was possibly in possession of additional drugs, Goodin said.

Officers went to the Scott County School District 1, where Laura L. Nowling, 47, of 3171 Slab Road, is an elementary school teacher. Goodin said officers discovered methamphetamine and paraphernalia in her possession. She faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

Kemp and White were incarcerated at the Scott County Jail around 2:30 p.m.; Nowling was booked into the jail at 3:40 p.m.

Rural Scott County Man Charged After Police Find 28-Pounds Of Pot

A rural Scott County man turned himself in to authorities last Tuesday, Feb. 23, following the issuance of an arrest warrant for dealing in marijuana over 10 pounds, maintaining a common nuisance and being a habitual offender.

Steven D. Sipe, 37, of 3776 East Plymouth Road, Scottsburg turned himself in at Scott County Jail.

Indiana State Police officers as well as federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, along with Scott County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search of Sipes’ residence in late January

The search warrant was the result of an investigation conducted by troopers of drug dealing taking place at the residence. During the search warrant officers located approximately twenty-eight pounds of marijuana in an outbuilding near the residence.

The approximate street value of the seized marijuana is $50,000.00, according to ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Conservation Club Frying Fish Saturday

The Tri-County Conservation Club, located at 8705 E 800 S southwest of Crothersville, will begin holding their First Saturday Fish Fry and Chili supper this Saturday, March 5.

The Menu will consist of fish sandwiches, chili, french fries, desserts and drinks. Call in orders will be taken by calling 812 498-4447 or 812 498-6522 from 11 am- 1:30 pm.

Anyone wishing to set up their flea market, yard sale or craft tables, are invited to come out and use the premises for a donation.