The Marks Of Groucho

by Curt Kovener

For those without gray hair & wrinkles, the Marx Brothers were a comedy team during black & white movie days. Later ‘Groucho’ Marx became the wise cracking punster of the (again black & white) TV show ‘You Bet Your Life’. If you are a high-tech youngster who doesn’t understand black and white TV, Google it.
Thanks to our quote-otologist, Prof. Ron Atkins, here’s some of Groucho’s observations
•Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
•Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
•Now there’s a man with an open mind—you can feel the breeze from here.
•I find television very educational. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.
•Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.
•I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.
•The secret to life is honesty and fair dealing—if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
•I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
•If I held you any closer I’d be on the other side of you.
•Remember men you are fighting for the lady’s honor, which is probably more than she ever did.

Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE
SCOTTSBURG MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY
Scottsburg, Indiana
Proposed Rate Adjustment Applicable to the 3rd Quarter, 2018 and Supporting Schedules
For use with approved electric rates and usage for the period: July 2018, August 2018, and September 2018 and utility bills payable: September 2018, October 2018 and November 2018
Rate Adjustments
The Rate Adjustments shall be on the basis of a Purchase Power Cost Adjustment Tracking Factor occasioned solely by changes in the cost of purchased power and energy, in accordance with the Order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, approved on December 13, 1980 in Cause No. 36835-S3 as follows:
Rate Adjustments applicable to the Rate Schedules are as follows:
Residential Service—Rate R —($0.006078) per kWh
Single Phase Commercial Service —Rate C— ($0.005971) per kWh
Three Phase Commercial Service— Rate C— ($0.002709) per kWh
General Service —Rate GS— ($0.005055) per kWh
Industrial Service— Rate IS— ($0.005009) per kWh
10/17 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Circuit Court
Cause No. 72C01-1809-EU-0038
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION

In the Matter of the Unsupervised Administration of the Estate of Patricia C. Johnson, Deceased
Notice is hereby given that Patricia C. Hall was on October 2, 2018, appointed Personal Representative of the Estate of Patricia C. Johnson, deceased, who died on March 12, 2016.
All persons having claims against said estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of the Clerk of this Court within three (3) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedent’s death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred.
Dated: October 2, 2018
in Scottsburg, Indiana.
Missy Applegate
Clerk
Scott Circuit Court
Attorney For Estate
T. Michael Carter
#14475-98
37 South First Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-1000
10/17, 10/24 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF WARRICK
IN THE WARRICK CIRCUIT COURT )
87C01-1810-AD-34
and
87C01-1810-AD-35
NOTICE OF ADOPTION
Jonathan William Roy is notified that a Verified Petition for the Adoption of a child named Keaira Renee Roy, DOB May 15, 2004, and a child named Kason Wayne Roy, DOB October 7, 2009, both born to Melissa Dawn Richmond, was filed in the office of the Clerk of Warrick Circuit Court, One County Square, #360, Boonville, IN 47601. The Verified Petition for Adoption alleges that your consent to the adoptions is not required pursuant to IC 31-19-9-8 because you have failed without justifiable cause to communicate significantly with the children for a period of one year or more when able to do so and/or you have failed without justifiable cause to provide for the care and support of your children when able to do so as required by law or judicial decree and/or you have abandoned your children in the six months immediately prior to the filing of the adoption petitions and/or you are unfit.
If Jonathan William Roy seeks to contest the adoptions of Keaira Renee Roy and Kason Wayne Roy, Jonathan William Roy must file a motion to contest the adoptions in accordance with IC 31-19-10-1 in the above-named Court not later than thirty (30) days after the date of service of this notice. If Jonathan William Roy does not file a motion to contest the adoption within thirty (30) days after service of this notice, the above-named Court will hear and determine the petition for adoption. The consent to the adoption of Keaira Renee Roy and Kason Wayne Roy by Jonathan William Roy will be irrevocably implied and Jonathan William Roy will lose the right to contest either the adoptions or the validity of Jonathan William Roy’s implied consents to the adoption.
No statement made to Jonathan William Roy relieves Jonathan William Roy of Jonathan William Roy’s obligations under this notice. This notice complies with IC 31-19-4.5-3 but does not exhaustively set forth a person’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statutes. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statutes.
Keith M. Wallace, Esq.
Attorney at Law
1 SE 9th Street, Suite 101
Evansville, IN 47708
812-483-9072
10/17, 10/24, 10/31 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Cause No. 72D01-1810-MI- 0036
In the matter of the Change of Name of Emma Noble
NOTICE OF VERIFIED PETITION TO CHANGE NAME
To: All Interested persons
Notice is herby given that the Petitions, Belinda Houchens and Ronnie Houchens, have filed their Verified Petition for Change of Name of Emma Grace Noble on October 5, 2018, in the Scott Superior Court. This Petition requests that the name of Emma Grace Noble be changed to Emma Grace Noble Houchens, The hearing on said Petition will be held in the Scott Superior Court at 10:00 a.m. on November 26, 2018. You and any other interested person may respond to the Petition by filing a written response before said hearing date or you or any other interested person may appear at said hearing and state your objections, if any, to the Petition.
If you fail to respond or file written objections, the Court may grant the relief requested in the Petition.
Dated: October 9, 2018
Marsha Owens Howser
Judge
Scott Superior Court
Attorney for Petitioner
Robert L. Houston
#7800-72
Houston, Thompson and Lewis P.C.
49 East Wardell Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170
Telephone: 812-752-5920
Fax: 712-752-6989
Email: rhouston@htllawyers,com
10/17, 10/24, 10/31 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE JACKSON SUPERIOR COURT No. 1
STATE OF INDIANA
Cause No. 36D01-1810-PL-029
WANDA J. MELTON Plaintiff
vs
ROBERT WILCOX and VIOLA WILCOX
Defendants.
PUBLICATION
BE IT KNOWN, That on the 2nd day of October, 2018, the above named plaintiff filed in the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court No. 1 of Jackson County, in the State of Indiana, a Complaint against the above named defendants, Robert Wilcox and Viola Wilcox, and the said plaintiff having also filed in said Clerk’s Office the affidavit of a competent person, showing that the residence of the defendants, Robert Wilcox and Viola Wilcox, upon diligent inquiry, is unknown, and that said cause of action is for a civil claim and that the defendants are a necessary party thereto and whereas said plaintiff having by endorsement on said Complaint required said defendant to appear in said Court and answer or otherwise defend thereto on or before the 30th day after the last notice hereof is published and if the defendants fail to do so judgment by default may be entered against him and/or her for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
NOW, THEREFORE, by order of said Court, the said defendants, their heirs and assigns, above named are hereby notified of the filing and pendency of said Complaint against them and that unless Robert Wilcox and Viola Wilcox or someone acting on their behalf and any other person expressing an interest in the real estate as described in the Complaint, appears and answers or otherwise defends thereto at the calling of said cause within 30 days after the last notice of the action is published, judgment by default may be entered against them for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
Amanda L. Lowery,
Clerk
Jackson Superior Court No. 1
Attorney For Plaintiff
Joseph Leon Payne
#6439-72
Payne Law Office LLC
377 West Main St.
PO Box 345
Austin, IN 47102
812-794-4100
10/10, 10/17, 10/24 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR SCOTT COUNTY
STATE OF INDIANA
CASE NO. 72C01-1809-JP-0055
IN RE THE PATERNITY OF:
JADA LYNN ABBOTT
MARK E. ABBOTT, JR.,
Petitioner,
and
JENNIFER SPELLMAN,
Respondent.
SUMMONS
(FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION)
THE STATE OF INDIANA TO RESPONDENT: JENNIFER SPELLMAN
ADDRESS: Unknown
You have been sued by the person(s) named “Petitioner”, in the Court stated above.
The nature of the suit against you is an action for paternity and child custody.
You must respond within thirty (30) days after the last notice of the action is published, and if you fail to do so, judgment by default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition to Confirm Paternity and Establish Custody.
If you deny the demand and/or have a claim for relief against the Petitioner arising from the same transaction or occurrence, you must assert it in your written answer.
It suggested that you consult with an attorney of your choice regarding this matter.
The following manner of service of Summons is hereby designated: by Publication
Date: September 28, 2018.
Missy Applegate
Clerk,
Scott Circuit Court,
Scott County, Indiana
ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER
FIFER LAW OFFICE
Jonathan A. Leachman
220 East Main Street
P.O. Box 65
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 949-2529
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LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Case No: 72D01-1810-MI-000035
In the Matter of the Name Change of
J.M. Holbrook
Petitioner
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
J.M. Holbrook, whose mailing address is 5508 S US Hwy 31, Scottsburg, IN 47170 in Scott County, Indiana herby gives notice that he has filed a petition in the Scott Superior Court requesting that his name be changed to Joseph McClellon Holbrook.
J.M. Holbrook
Petitioner
Dated: October 3, 2018.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
10/10, 10,17 10/24 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Superior Court
Case No: 72D01-1808-MI-000031
In the Matter of the Name Change of
Louvena Campbell Sheckell
Petitioner
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
Louvena Campbell Sheckell, whose mailing address is 411 N. 2nd St., Scottsburg, IN 47170 in Scott County, Indiana herby gives notice that she has filed a petition in the Scott Superior Court requesting that her name be changed to Luvennia Campbell Sheckell.
Louvena Campbell Sheckell
Petitioner
Dated: August 20, 2018.
Missy Applegate
Clerk, Scott Circuit Court
10/10, 10,17 10/24 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA,
COUNTY OF JACKSON,
IN THE JACKSON CIRCUIT COURT
CAUSE NO. 36C01-1807-ES-57
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE
OF JOSEPH W. FEE, DECEASED
NOTICE TO ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS
TO: ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS OF JOSEPH W. FEE, DECEASED.
Notice is hereby given that, in the above-entitled estate, on July 26, 2018, Jackson County Bank as Administrator of the above-named decedent’s estate, filed a petition in the office of the Clerk of the Jackson Circuit Court, Jackson County, State of Indiana, for the probate of the assets of Joseph W. Fee.
All persons claiming or having any interest in such estate, or any part thereof, as an heir or devisee or through an heir or devisee of such decedent and all unknown heirs and devisees of the decedent, are required to appear in Jackson Circuit Court and make proof of their heirship or claim in said estate.
The Court will, pursuant to such hearing, enter a decree determining the heirs and devisees of the decedent and further will authorize the distribution of the decedent’s estate by said Administrator if no objections are filed.
DATED this 24th day of September, 2018.
/s/ Brandon Hunsley
Jackson County Bank, Trust Department
by: Brandon Hunsley, Trust Officer
/s/ Jeffrey J. Lorenzo
Jeffrey J. Lorenzo
Attorney for the Estate of Joseph W. Fee
218 West Second Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274
(812) 524-9000
10/3, 10/10, 10/17 hspaxlp

LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Scott
In the Scott Circuit Court
Cause No. 72D01-1807-MF 0038
Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Plaintiff,
vs.
Harry Berlin and Sherry L Berlin, et al
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SUIT
The state of Indiana to the Defendants above named, and any other person who may be concerned: You are notified that you have been sued in the Court above named. The nature of the suit against you is a Complaint on Note and for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described real estate:
A part of lot 15 of Richie Subdivision, Section 4, township 3 North, Range 7 East, Jennings Township, Scott County, Indiana, also being part of land described in Melton DR 0302261 described as follows: Beginning at the Northwest corner of Lot 15 of Richie Subdivision, thence S 00 degrees 00` 00″E, a distance of 36.00 feet to the TRUE PLACE OF BEGINNING, thence N 90 degrees 00`00″E, a distance of 150.00 feet to a T-post, thence S 00 degrees 00`00″E, a distance of 76.00 feet to a t-post, thence N 90 degrees 00`00″W, a distance of 150.00 feet to a t-post, thence N 00 degrees 00`00″E, a distance of 76.00 feet to the TRUE PLACE OF BEGINNING. Containing 0.2617 acres.
More commonly known as: 2734 Jeffrey Street, Scottsburg, IN 47170
This Summons by Publication is specifically directed to the following named Defendants whose whereabouts are known to me:
Harry Berlin
764 Maple Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170

S & L Electric
268 W. Main Street
Austin, IN 47102

The Scott County Regional Sewer District
88 W. McClain Ave.
Scottsburg, IN 47170

This Summons by Publication is also specifically directed to the following named Defendants whose whereabouts are unknown to me:
Sherry L Berlin
In addition to the above named Defendants being served by the Summons, there may be other Defendants who have an interest in this lawsuit.
If you have a claim for relief against the Plaintiff arising from the same transaction or occurrence, you must assert it your written answer.
You must answer the Complaint in writing, by you or your attorney, on or before the _____ day of _________, 2018 (the same being within thirty (30) days after the third Notice of Suit), and if you fail to do so, a judgment will be entered against you for what the Plaintiff has demanded.
WOOD & LAMPING, LLP
By: /s/ Daniel A. Cox
Daniel A. Cox
ATTEST:
Missy Applegate
Clerk of the Scott County Circuit Court
Daniel A. Cox (28426-15)
Attorney for Plaintiff
Wood & Lamping, LLP
600 Vine Street, Suite 2500
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Voice: (513) 852-6000
Email: foreclosure@woodlamping.com
10/3, 10/10, 10/17 hspaxlp

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Fun & Fitness Now At Crothersville’s Bard Street Park

A $10,000 grant through Purdue University provided new playground equipment geared toward physical fitness and preventing obesity. The Crothersville Parks Board and volunteers recently completed the installation of the fun through fitness playground at the Bard Street Park on the east side of town.

When residents visit the Bard Street Park they will now find more than just a large field of grass and a shelterhouse. This past summer, in addition to traditional playground equipment, the Crothersville Parks Board has installed outdoor fitness equipment as well.
Earlier this year, the local Parks Board was approved for a $10,000 grant, provided by Purdue University through the Center for Disease Control, according to Parks Board President Ron Foster.
Equipment started arriving over the summer and park volunteers began its installation.
In additional to swings, monkey bars, and merry-go-round, also included at the Bard Street Park are a wave slide, a swing for special needs children, chin up bars, a rowing machine, a stepper/bike station, and a double chest press along with an informational sign with instructions on how to use the physical fitness equipment.
“The exercise equipment is geared toward those 13 years of age & older,”said Foster.
Mulch will be added around all equipment in Bard Street Park in the near future, he added.
“The Crothersville Parks Board is extremely thankful to Purdue and the CDC for allowing us to make these additions to Bard Street Park,” said Foster. “And what a great addition to our community.”
Foster expressed his thanks to community members who volunteered with the equipment installation.
“We hope that these new additions bring even more people out to use the parks in Crothersville,” he added.
The town also has Countryside Park on the west side of Crothersville.

Austin Fireman’s Festival Oct. 12-13

The annual Jennings Township Fire Department will be hosting the 20th annual Fireman’s Festival on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12 & 13, at the fire station on West Main Street.
The fire department will be serving up fish sandwiches throughout the two days and there will be booths featuring handmade crafts, a baby contest, raffles, and an opportunity to meet the candidates running in the Nov. 6 election.
Booth spaces are still being accepted. Booth space is 10’x10’ costs $10 for a church, outside booths without electricity is $20 and with electricity is $30. An inside booth is $50 and food vendors (dessert only) are available for $75. For booth rental contact Johnnie White at 812-595-0609.
There will be hayrides each evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Adult tickets are $4 and school age children are $2. The fire department will be selling a variety of light up and glow in the dark items during the hayride.
Music from the festival staged begins at 4:30 Friday afternoon with Sigma, Scott County residents Bomar & Ritter perform from 6-7 p.m. Southern Compromise takes to the stage from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and Rusty Bladen and the Unstoppables, close out the evening’s entertainment starting at 8:30.
From noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, candidates for political office will be meeting residents.
The Herald Family will be on stage from 1:15-2:15, the Spare Change Band performs from 2:30-3:30; the band Shiddy Half Songs will be on stage from 3:45-4:45. From 5-6 p.m. FE Project will entertain, The Fabulous Hickbillys are featured from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., On The House performs from 7:30 to 8:30 and Alpha Dogs will close out the festival stage entertainment beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Railroads Can’t Be Fined For Blocking Traffic

Frustrating Officials & Emergency Responders In Seymour, Crothersville, Austin & Scottsburg

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that communities can no longer fine railroad companies when trains block traffic for longer than 10 minutes, an option some cities along the Indiana & Louisville Railroad Co. were considering as they contend with more rail traffic.
Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed in the ruling that an 1865 law was pre-empted by the 1995 Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. The act prohibits states from enacting a law or rule that manages or governs rail transportation.
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. challenged the statute after receiving 23 tickets in Allen County, where Fort Wayne is located. The railroad’s lawyers said the company faced a burden of having to speed up trains or run shorter trains to comply with the statute.
Railroad crossings have been a long-standing issue in Jackson and Scott Counties. Communities along the rail lines have sought money to pay for expensive safety features at the crossings, which railroad companies don’t have to pay for. The Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., which runs north and south, also improved the lines and got permission to run more and faster trains on tracks through Jackson & Scott Counties. The stopped and slowed trains can cut off traffic.
The issue is particularly bad in Seymour— a city which bills itself as the ‘Crossroads of Indiana’— when a northbound ILRC train switches to a east bound CSX railway. Slowed, lengthy trains can block US 50, State Road 11 as well as numerous city and rural crossings while making the transition.
The issue has prompted the addition of fire and ambulance facilities strategically placed in Seymour in the event of lengthy train delays.
“But the hospital emergency room is on the west side of town and it there is a eastside vehicle crash or fire at the same time a train is coming through town, it can be a very bad situation,” said Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman
Emergency responders would have to decide whether to go around the train at a different crossing, which would add costly minutes to the run time, or wait it out. And now, because of the Supreme Court ruling, they could risk waiting longer than 10 minutes.
The issue is prompting the city to begin plans another railroad overpass on the city’s south side on a proposed Burkhart Boulevard extension to State Road 11 (Walnut Street). Seymour already has an overpass on North Burkhart over the railroad. Planning for that began in the 1980’s, Luedeman said.
The ILRC line runs through the middle of the Scottsburg, Austin, Crothersville and Seymour’s downtown as well as the westside of downtown Columbus.
Overpasses in Scottsburg, Austin and Crothersville would be cost prohibitive.
Railroad companies last year upgraded tracks throughout the state to allow for more trains, more weight on a freight and higher speeds. But they have not upgraded safety features at railroad crossings. Those changes fall on the cities themselves, which frustrates local officials.
Before the Supreme Court ruling, Indiana law allowed cities to issue tickets for $200 or more to railroad companies if one of their trains stopped or blocked traffic for more than 10 minutes at a time.