Don’t Blame Me, Life Made Me That Way

by Curt Kovener

Many readers of this column may be acquainted with ‘Maxine’ the greeting card and internet character who is plain spoken and cynically pragmatic in her comments. Hmmm… sort of like newspaper people.

Such is the genre of life-isms collected for this week.

•We have enough ‘youth’. How about a fountain of ‘smart’?

•The original point and click interface was a Colt 45.

•A Fool and his money can throw one heck of a party.

•Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

•If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

•We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.

•Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

•Ninety-nine percent of all lawyers give the rest a bad name.

•Xerox and Wurlitzer will merge to make reproductive organs.

•Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

•The latest survey shows that three out of four people make up 75% of the population.

•I think Congressmen should wear uniforms, you know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.

•To be a successful politician remember: It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame.

•The reason Congressmen & Senators try so hard to get re-elected is that they don’t want to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.


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Despite Winter Storm, Large Crowd Attends Town Council Meeting

Not a lot of business was decided during last Tuesday’s Crothersville Town Council meeting owing to a winter storm which dumped about three inches of snow then freezing rain and ice on southern Indiana.

While the weather kept some of those on the agenda from attending, it did not keep area residents from being on hand  at the standing room only meeting to voice their opinions on the resignation and appointments involving the Crothersville’s clerk-treasurer.

Former clerk-treasurer Michele Teipen resigned on Jan. 13 citing her move outside of the town limits. Republican County Chairwoman Melissa Acton appointed Terry Richey as the new clerk-treasurer. Richey then named Teipen as her first deputy. That move resulted in long-time town hall worker Alisa Sweazy being out of a job.

Richey said she intends to keep her job as Crothersville community Schools treasurer and be the town’s clerk-treasurer but not work daily in the town hall office. She wants the council to approve naming Teipen as the town hall office manager, a position she held while clerk-treasurer.

The salary for the clerk-treasurer’s job is $9,500 a year. The 1st deputy’s salary pay range is $11-$14 per hour; office manager’s position pays from $12-$15 per hour.

Council president Ardell Mitchell, told the crowd that anyone with anything to say would be given the opportunity “but we will conduct this meeting in a civil and respectful manner.”

Local resident Danieta Foster questioned the timeline of Teipen’s resignation, Richey’s appointment and appointment of Teipen as first deputy.

“It all seemed to be decided before hand,” she said. “No one in town knew of the resignation. Other people might have been interested in the job.”

The clerk-treasurer can appoint the first deputy with the approval of the town council, the council president said.

Mitchell said there was a legal side of the issue and a moral side. “Was the legal side followed? As far as I can see, yes it was.”

Compounding the discussion were agenda items which could not be addressed because town attorney Jeff Lorenzo was unable to attend the meeting due to the weather.

The council wanted to consider a separation of duties ordinance which would not automatically make the clerk-treasurer also the office manager as past practice as occurred.

“Separation is good so the town isn’t forced to have the clerk-treasurer as the office manager,” said Mitchell.

“But it may make it hard to find candidates to run for a job that only pays $9,500 a year,” said former clerk-treasurer Nalona Bush.

“I’ve had two people tell me they would be interested if the job were part-time,” Mitchell said.

Bush pointed out that the office manager’s salary was split between the water and sewer utility. “If she doesn’t want the pay, it stays in water and sewer,” she said.

Because the attorney and ordinance were not able to make the meeting the separation ordinance was tabled.

The new clerk-treasurer’s request to gain council approval of Teipen being named office manager and increase her salary from the present $13.41 per hour to $14.50 was also tabled until the matter of the separation ordinance could be acted upon.

“Until we get this separation ordinance resolved, I’m not comfortable with taking action on office manager,” said Mitchell.

Likewise the clerk-treasurer’s request to increase the second deputy’s salary to $10.75 was also tabled.

In a related matter, council Lenvel ‘Butch’ Robinson said he thought the town hall should be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Currently the town offices are closed on Wednesday afternoon. His suggestion that a time clock be installed for town office workers to use did not gain any support, however, the council will consider reviewing town hall office hours when they meet in March.

One matter the council did approve was Robinson’s motion to install of a new flagpole and light to illuminate the flag. The motion passed 3-0.

Two Scott County Men Arrested for Child Molesting

Two Scott County men have been arrested for child molesting after two separate investigations, according to Detective Rachel Eickholtz of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg.

Jeffrey J. Sons, 20, of 702 Village Court in Austin, was arrested Friday, Jan. 31, by the Austin Police.

Eickholtz reported the investigation alleges that Sons was involved in sexual misconduct with a young child.

He was charged with Child Molesting, C Felony, and was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail.

A second arrest too place on Friday, Feb. 7, after Jesse A Kiefer, 36, of 4201 South Charlestown Road in Lexington, turned himself in to the Scott County Jail.

Eickholtz reported that Kiefer allegedly fondled, touched and committed sexual deviate conduct with two separate victims. He was charged with 13 counts of Child Molesting.

The Scott County Division of Child Services also assisted in the investigations.

Local Candidates Toss Hats Into Ring

Several county residents have filed to seek elective office prior to the deadline at noon last Friday to run in the May 6 Primary Election.

Locally, Alisa K. Sweazy of Crothersville filed to run for Vernon Township Board on the Democrat ticket. She is joined by Democrat incumbent township board member Odes Densford of rural Austin. Incumbent Republican township board member Roger Teipen had earlier filed to seek re-election.

Scott Kovener of Crothersville filed to run on the Democrat ticket for Vernon Township Trustee.

Jeff Lane of Seymour filed to run for Jackson County Sheriff on the Democrat ticket. Republicans seeking the office are incumbent sheriff Michael Carothers and former sheriff and current county commissioner Jerry Hounshel.

Vickie G. Ault of Freetown filed to run for county recorder on the Democrat Ticket. In the fall she faces incumbent Republican Linda Auleman.

In races for county council:

County Council District 1: Brian Tidd (D); Michael Davidson (R).

County Council District 2: Karen Metz (D); Leon Pottschmidt (R-Inc).

County Council District 3: Brian H.Thompson (R).

County Council District 4: Gregory V. Prange (D-Inc), Bridey Grant Jacobi (R).

County Commissioner District 3: Matt Reedy (R-Inc).

County Assessor: Bev Gaiter (D-Inc.); Kay Schwade (D)

Filing to seek other township offices in the county were:

Brownstown Twp

Trustee: Jennifer Saucerman Isaacs (R-Inc)

Twp Board: David Greger (D), Kenneth J. Turner (D), Cint Wolka (D), Brittany Percival (R), Hope Warren Sitterding (R), Larry Raymer (R), Beverley Hanner DeWitt (R), Jack R. Gillespie (R).


Carr Twp

Trustee: Mary Ann Ault (D-Inc)

Twp Board: Joe Campbell (D), Sharon S. Ingle (D),


Driftwood Twp

Trustee: V. Carol Wheeler (R-Inc), Jerry L. ‘J.L.’ Brewer (D)

Twp. Board: Gary Hackson (D), John Hartley (R)


Grassy Fork Twp

Trustee: Park D. Hackman (D-Inc)

Twp Board: Craig Klinge (D), Stan D. Darlage (D), Janette Kay Elliott (R).


Hamilton Twp

Trustee: Jerry D. Otte (D-Inc.), Staci Lambring Eglen (R).

Twp Board: Howard Wente (D), Donald Schnitker (R),


Jackson Twp

Trustee: William Marsh (R-Inc.), Ellis G. McCormick (R); John Steele Burkhart (D)

Twp Board: Melissa Elkins Hayes (R), Larry K. Sunbury (R), Pat Baxter (R)


Owen Twp

Trustee: Karen Branaman Wagoner (D), Frank Fisher (R-Inc),

Twp Board: Cora Lucas (D), Justyn Underwood (D), David Hall (R),


Pershing Twp

Trustee: Bruce McKinney (D-Inc.)

Twp Board: Sharon Kay Yost (R), Doyle Lyon (R), Ronald L. Cornett (D)


Redding Twp

Trustee: Conrad R. Calmer (D-Inc.)

Twp Board: Max W. Noblitt (D), Patricia Hercamp (D), David Merry (D), Giles Spaulding (R).


Salt Creek Twp

Trustee: Autumn Kinser (D)

Twp Board: Judy Goforth (D), Stephen Hanner (D), Karen Kinser (D).


Washington Twp

Trustee: Sharon K. Reedy (D)

Twp Board: Richard Darlage (D), Richard Stuckwisch (D), Alan J. Pollert (D).