Crothersville Begins Expanding Southern Town Boundaries

In an expected move, the Crothersville Town Council approved at their Nov. 12 meeting an ordinance to begin the process of annexing about 28 acres along US 31 south of town. With councilmen Lenvel Robinson and Bob Little absent, the council approved the annexation ordinance by a 3-0 vote.
Properties owned by CC Murphy LLC of Floyds Knobs and Hubbard and Marjorie Hougland of Muncie have been requested by the owners to be annexed into the town limits.
The annexation will extend the southern borders of the town to property owned by Jackson County Land Company LLC (Sims Bark) on the east side of US 31 and an 11 acre property on the west side of US 31 from Industrial Way to I-65.
After annexation the town has three years to provide town utilities. Water is already provided in the area as is police protection by the town and fire protection by the Vernon Township Fire District.
The town opened bids for providing sewer connections under Industrial Way and US 31 at their Tuesday meeting.
According to Brad Bender, town engineer with FPBH, an 8” sewer line inside a 16” casing will be installed. Sims Bark agreed to pay $15,000 toward the project.
King’s Trucking & Excavating of Seymour was the low bidder to bore under US 31 and install the sewer from the lift station to the Sims Bark property for $76,425. The company bid $38,790 to bore under Industrial Way from the lift station to the south.
Other bids entered included Dave O’Mara Contractors of North Vernon $78,700 & $42,680 and Mitchell & Stark of Medora $99,700 & $38,600.
Annexation of the approximately 60 acres of the Sims Bark property along with other property on the west side of US 31 area served by town services will be considered by the new town council after the first of the year.
In another matter, the council heard a complaint from landlord Grover Stacy of Scott County because the town placed a $2,300 lien on his property for a tenant’s unpaid utility bills.
“I came in to the town office and told them to turn off the water and lock the meter,” Stacy said.
“But the (utility service) was not in your name. It was in your tenant’s name,” said council president Danieta Foster. “We can’t shut of service because it wasn’t in your name.”
“If you would have shut it off he (the tenant) wouldn’t have run up such a big bill,” said Stacy. “You ought to go after the tenant not me.”
“We lien the property owner. They are ultimately responsible for their tenant’s unpaid utility bills,” said clerk-treasurer Terry Richey.
“You could have put the town’s utility bill in your name then collected from your tenant. That way, if the tenant didn’t pay you, you could have had the meters shut off,” said Foster.
“The tenant is a 100% dud,” Stacy said.
“You trusted your tenant to pay his utility bills,” said Foster. “You can’t shut off utilities that are not in your name.”
Stacy, who has had two Jackson County properties and three in Scott County sell at delinquent property tax sales last month, was asked by the council president about an abandoned and dilapidated house that he owns at 208 E. Dixon Street.
“I’m going to get on that,” he told the council.
“If hope you get on it before it goes before the town safety board,” responded Foster.
She later explained that several years ago a contract seller wanted a buyer out of his property because they were behind in their monthly payments to him. He told the town to shut off the utilities. The town did and the contract buyer sued the town in Federal court and won. The matter cost the town several thousand dollars and resulted in the strict policy that only utility customers can have the utility shut off, not landlords or others.
In a final matter, the application period for the next round of state Community Crossroads Paving Grant is Jan. 3-31. Street superintendent Mike Deaton and council President Danieta Foster agreed to serve on a committee to develop a list of streets that need re-surfacing and to determine what the local match for the grant application can be.

Scouts Take A Hike

Crothersville Boy Scout Troop 522 completed their first overnight backcountry hiking trip November 9-10. Two members have now hiked 45 miles of the Knobstone Trail.
Left to right are Evan Simo, Steve Plasse, Corey Engleking, Anita Engleking, Elijah Plasse, Luke Hilton
These hikers started at the Elk Creek Lake trailhead and hiked 15 miles to the New Chapel trailhead, stopping to camp near the Leota Trailhead.
“The troop would like to thank the anonymous local benefactor who donated $500 for uniforms and books,” said Scoutmaster Steve Plasse. “Visit the troop’s booth at Saturday’s FFA Craft Show to buy an evergreen wreath and other crafts.”

Lexington Man Arrested For Theft, Stolen Property Returned

On Friday, Nov. 8, Scott County Deputy Keith Hartman responded to a report of theft on Alsup Road in Finley Township in western Scott County. After speaking with the victim, Deputy Hartman began patrolling the area.
In a short time, he located a vehicle that was described as a possible suspect vehicle sitting at another residence. Questioning the occupant of the vehicle. Dep. Hartman observed the man in possession of an article that had just been reported stolen.
The occupant of the vehicle, Jimmy Gay, 48, of Lexington, was charged withg theft. Gay had a prior theft conviciton, according to Hartman.
Questioning Gay led Hartman to locating numerous other items that had been reported as stolen.
Hartman, working with Washington County Deputies, sought a search warrant for a residence just west of the Scott County line. The search warrant was served in the evening hours of Saturday, Nov. 9, and additional stolen items were located, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin said, “additional charges will be sought.
“People work hard and when others steal what does not belong to them, it makes you angry,” said the sheriff. “Anytime we can recover stolen items and take an alleged thief off the streets it is a good case.”

Everything But The Squeal

by Curt Kovener

(This is an encore column from the Curt Comments archives.)
Most of us are formulating our menus for our Thanksgiving meal next week. Some of you may take the opportunity to go out for the holiday meal; some of you may be more of a traditionalist.
In trying to come up with what I will be bringing to my family table, my memory banks took me back to more than half a century ago to my Grandma & Grandpa’s farm. It was in the cool part of the fall when a hog would be butchered; something that my grandpa never let me witness because of the sights I would see. Today, this son of an undertaker finds Grandpa’s over protective shielding a bit humorous in light of what I saw and did helping my dad.
Howver, Grandma had me help scrape & wash hog intestines for sausage casing.
After the hog became parted into parts, they were prepared for curing. Other parts were cut into smaller useable pieces, meat was scraped from the skull and ground into sausage…something else Grandma thought I ought to experience. Then there was stuffing the sausage into the scraped and cleaned hog gut.
There was a smokehouse at grandpa’s farm. It was a small block building about the size of a small yard barn today. I remember watching him use a hatchet …the same one which he used to separate a chicken’s head from its neck for grandma to prepare for Sunday dinner… to chop dry hickory kindling into chips. These he tossed into a bucket of water to soak.
After rubbing coarse salt on hams, shoulders, bacon and sausage, he started a small fire in a metal pan. When the fire was just red coals, he piled on the wet but dried (isn’t that an oxymoron?) hickory chips and shut the smokehouse door.
He checked on it every morning when he went out to milk and added more chips. He did a lot of work without his grandson’s help because the work got done quicker without my help.
His nosey grandson was ordered to never open the smokehouse door unless Grandpa was around. And being the obedient grandson, I complied.
One afternoon he took me to the smokehouse (as opposed to the woodshed) to check on the meat curing process. I was in awe of the lengths of sausage horizontally coiled over a broomstick size stick of lumber hanging from the rafters and the hams, shoulders and bacon on the wooden shelf coated with a layer of salt. The formerly fresh butchered pink meat covered in white fat and skin was now delicious shades of gold and brown. And the aroma of the fresh hickory smoked meats made my salivary glands to kick into gear.
Grandpa pulled out his pocketknife (the same one he used to castrate the hog which now was in the smokehouse) and carved off a couple of slivers of meat from a ham for he and me to taste test.
He smiled and nodded that the meat needed no more smoking and would just be left in the smokehouse for nature’s refrigeration for the winter.
That salty sliver of smoked ham from my youth still makes my memory’s mouth water. For many years after grandpa and grandma passed, I would open the door of the old smoke house and breathe deeply of the lingering aroma of hickory smoke and smile at the memories it replayed.

Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
TO OWNERS OF THE WITHIN DESCRIBED ESTATE AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
Indiana MHC, LLC will expose at public sale to the highest bidder, on the 21st day of November, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at 1231 Birchtree Lane, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170 the property commonly known as:
Mobile Home ONLY, 1996 Fleetwood Serial number 26560, LOCATED AT 550 Rosewalk Dr. lot 30 Last known owner Sherry Gibson
This Mobile Home will be offer for sale at public auction in conformity with IC26-1-7-210 AND IC26-1-2-328 Sale will be made without relief from valuation or appraisement laws.
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
TO OWNERS OF THE WITHIN DESCRIBED ESTATE AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
Indiana MHC, LLC will expose at public sale to the highest bidder, on the 21st day of November, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at 1231 Birchtree Lane, Scottsburg, Indiana 47170 the property commonly known as:
Mobile Home ONLY, 1997 Fleetwood Serial number TNFLV26A80562ST12 , LOCATED AT 1301 W. York Rd. lot 90 Austin, IN 47172 Last known owner Tonya Ortega.
This Mobile Home will be offer for sale at public auction in conformity with IC26-1-7-210 AND IC26-1-2-328 Sale will be made without relief from valuation or appraisement laws.
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LEGAL NOTICE
VOUCHERS TO BE PRESENTED TO SCOTT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Court Claim to be approved 12/4/2019
Brittany M Wilson, 487.83; Jason Mount, 50.00; Marsha Owens Howser, 50.00; Matthew Bender & Co Lexis, 352.32; Thomson West Payment Ctr., 3,921.44.
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LEGAL NOTICE
Legal Ad for School Board Attorney
The Scott County School District 2 Board of Education is seeking an attorney to serve in the capacity of School Board Attorney effective January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.
The attorney should be well versed in educational law, with reference to federal and state statutory and case law governing public education. The attorney should be able to provide a broad range of legal services required by the Board and the Superintendent of the school district.
The local School Board Attorney will have additional resources and support from Lewis & Kappes in Indianapolis.
If you are interested in this position, please submit a letter with your resume and billing rate by December 1st to:
Dr Marc Slaton, Superintendent of Schools
Scott County School District 2
375 East McClain Avenue
Scottsburg IN 47170
11/20, 11/27

LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF JACKSON
IN THE JACKSON SUPERIOR 2 COURT
ANNUAL TERM, 2019
CAUSE NO.: 36D02-1909-AD-000030
IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF J.D.M
DAVID STANLEY,
Petitioner
NOTICE TO NAMED FATHER
TO: DUSTIN RAY RATLIFF
SERVICE BY PUBLICATION
Dustin Ray Ratliff, who has been named the father of the child born to Heather Brook (Maple) Stanley on May 15, 2008, or who claims to be the father of the child born to Heather Brook (Maple) Stanley on May 15, 2008, is notified that a petition for adoption of the child was filed in the office of the Clerk of Jackson Superior 2 Court, 109 South Sugar Street, Brownstown, Indiana.
If Dustin Ray Ratliff seeks to contest the adoption of the child, he must file a motion to contest the adoption 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 Dustin Ray Ratliff 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. His consent will be irrevocably implied and he will lose his right to contest either the adoption or the validity of his implied consent to the adoption. He will lose his right to establish his paternity of the child, by affidavit or otherwise, in Indiana or any other jurisdiction.
Nothing Heather Brook (Maple) Stanley or anyone else says to Dustin Ray Ratliff relieves Dustin Ray Ratliff of his obligations under this notice.
Under Indiana law, a putative father is a person who is named as or claims that he may be the father of a child born out of wedlock but who has not yet been legally proven to be the child’s father. For purposes of this notice, Dustin Ray Ratliff is a putative father under the laws in Indiana regarding adoption.
This notice complies with IC 31-19-4-5 but does not exhaustively set forth a putative father’s legal obligations under the Indiana adoption statues. A person being served with this notice should consult the Indiana adoption statues.
Dated this 12th day of November, 2019.
Melissa J. Hayes
Jackson County Court Clerk
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LEGAL NOTICE
State of Indiana
County of Jackson
In the Jackson Superior Court 1
Cause No. 36D01-1607-PL-030
Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital d/b/a Schneck Medical Center
Plaintiff vs
Kelly N. Hall
Defendant
SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION
To: Kelly N. Hall

  1. Plaintiff, Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital d/b/s Schneck Medical Center, has filed a Complaint in the Jackson Superior Court 1, Jackson County, Indiana against Kelly N. Hall.
  2. The whereabouts of Kelly N. Hall are unknown to Plaintiff.
  3. The attorney for Plaintiff is Greg S. Morin, Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck LLP, 308 West Second Street, PO Box 647, Seymour, Indiana 47274.
  4. The nature of the suit is that the Plaintiff is seeking a judgment against the Defendant for being in default under the terms of Tuition Loan Agreement and Promissory Notes.
  5. You must respond to this Summons within thirty (30) days after the last notice of this action is published. In the event you fail to respond, the relief requested in the complaint may be granted in your absence.
    In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the Court this 8th day of November, 2019
    Melissa Hays
    Clerk
    Jackson Superior Court 1
    Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck LLP
    Greg S. Morin, #30045-49
    Attorney for Plaintiff
    308 West Second Street
    PO Box 647
    Seymour, Indiana, 47274
    812-522-4109
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LEGAL NOTICE
STATE OF INDIANA
COUNTY OF SCOTT
IN THE SCOTT CIRCUIT COURT
CAUSE No. 72C01-1910-GU-32
IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF
AIDEN I. DUNN,
Minor Child.
TRENTON K. HENSLEY
Petitioner.
NOTICE — SERVICE BY PUBLICATION
TO: NATURAL FATHER OF AIDEN I. DUNN
WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN
On December 16, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. the SCOTT Circuit Court will hold a hearing to determine whether a guardian should be appointed for AIDEN I. DUNN.
At the hearing the Court will determine whether AIDEN I. DUNN is an incapacitated person or minor under Indiana law. This proceeding may substantially affect the rights of AIDEN I. DUNN.
If the Court finds that AIDEN I. DUNN is an incapacitated person or minor, the Court at the hearing shall also consider whether TRENTON HENSLEY should be appointed as guardian of AIDEN I. DUNN.
The Court may, in its discretion, appoint some other qualified person as guardian. The Court may also, in its discretion, limit the powers and duties of the guardian(s) to allow AIDEN I. DUNN to retain control over certain property and activities. The Court may also determine whether a protective order should be entered on behalf of AIDEN I. DUNN.
AIDEN I. DUNN may attend the hearing and be represented by an attorney. The petition may be heard and determined in the absence of AIDEN I. DUNN if the Court determines that the presence of AIDEN I. DUNN is not required. If AIDEN I. DUNN attends the hearing, opposes the petition, and is not represented by an attorney, the Court may appoint an attorney to represent AIDEN I. DUNN. The Court may, where required, appoint a guardian ad litem to represent AIDEN I. DUNN at the hearing.
The Court may, on its own motion or on request of any interest person, postpone the hearing to another date and time.
Attest:
Missy Applegate
Clerk,
Scott Circuit Court
/s/Devon M Sharpe
Devon M. Sharpe, #33829-49
Attorney for Petitioner
508 East Main Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
812-265-5132
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LEGAL NOTICE
TO THE OWNERS OF THE WITHIN DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES
NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE
Sheriff Sale File number: 72-20-0001-SS
Date & Time of Sale: Tuesday, January 07, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Sale Location: Scott County 911 Center, 85 E Wardell Street
Judgment to be Satisfied: $53,975.45
Cause Number: 72D01-1903-MF-000009
Plaintiff: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR STRUCTURED ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-BC1
Defendant: MATT SMITH and ET AL
By virtue of a certified copy of a decree to me, directed from the Clerk of Superior/Circuit Court of Scott County Indiana, requiring me to make the sum as provided for in said DECREE, with interest and cost, I will expose at public sale to the highest bidder at the date, time and location listed above, the fee simple of the whole body of Real Estate, a certain tract or parcel of land described as follows:
Lots Numbered One Hundred Forty-five (145) and One Hundred Forty-six (146) in Gibson Fourth Subdivision and Addition, to the Town of Austin, Scott County, Indiana.
Commonly Known as:
1075 WADE STREET, AUSTIN, IN 47102-1041
Parcel No. 72-03-25-430-002.000-003
Together with rents, issues, income and profits thereof, this sale will be made without relief from valuation or appraisement laws. In accordance to the requirements of IC 32-29-7-3, this Notice shall also represent service of Notice of Sale of this real estate upon the owners.
• An entire Sheriffs Sale may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other county emergencies. If the entire Sheriffs Sale is cancelled, each parcel will be cancelled. Each parcelwill be assigned to the next available sale (normally 2 months from original sale). This will allow compliance with Indiana Code concerning posting, publication, and serving time frames. Also, new Sheriffs Sale fees will be assessed and the parcels will be automatically re-advertised. The plaintiff will be responsible for the new fees and advertising costs.
Brian C. Berger
Plaintiffs Attorney
Attorney No. 19753-45
Codilis Law, LLC
8050 Cleveland Place
Merrillville. IN 46410
(219) 736-5579
Atty File#:1029625
Jerry Goodin, Sheriff
By: Laura Boswell
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (812) 722-0865
Jennings Township
The Sheriff’s Department does not warrant the accuracy of the commonly known address published herein.
PLEASE SERVE:
Kim Smith
1075 Wade Street
Austin, In 47102-1041
Matt Smith
1075 Wade Street
Austin, In 47102-1041
Kim Smith
10254 West Ford Road
Lexington, In 47138
Kim Smith
1356 Kristina Court
Scottsburg, In 47170
Matt Smith
1914 East Bridgewater Road
Scottsburg, In 47170
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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE
TO THE OWNERS OF THE WITHIN DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES
Date & Time of Sale:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Sale Location:
Scott County 911 Center, 85 E Wardell Street
Judgment to be Satisfied:
$92,409.45
Sheriff Sale File number: 72-20-0004-SS
Cause Number: 72D01-1902-MF-000005
Plaintiff:
U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST
Defendant:
PHILLIP A. EDWARDS and ET AL
By virtue of a certified copy of a decree to me, directed from the Clerk of Superior/Circuit Court of Scott County Indiana, requiring me to make the sum as provided for in said DECREE, with interest and cost, I will expose at public sale to the highest bidder at the date, time and location listed above, the fee simple of the whole body of Real Estate, a certain tract or parcel of land described as follows:
A part of the northeast fourth of the southwest quarter of Section 25, Township 4 North, Range 6 East, commencing at the northeast corner of said northeast fourth southwest quarter and running west with the quarter line 573 feet to THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; thence west with the quarter line 73 feet, thence south 140 feet, thence east 73 feet, thence north 140 feet to THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, containing .20 of an acre, more or less, subject to all legal highways. (tract 3 Booe Road) Also, a part of the northeast fourth of the southwest quarter of Section 25, Township 4 North, Range 6 East, commencing at the northeast corner of said northeast fourth southwest quarter and running west with the quarter line 573 feet, thence south 140 feet to the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, thence west 151 feet, thence south 78 feet, thence east 151 feet, thence north 78 feet to the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, containing .27 of an acre, more or less. SUBJECT TO ALL LIENS, EASEMENTS AND ENCUMBRANCES OF RECORD.
Commonly Known as:
1611 WEST BOOE ROAD, AUSTIN, IN 47102
Parcel No.72-03-25-310-010.000-003
Together with rents, issues, income and profits thereof, this sale will be made without relief from valuation or appraisement laws. In accordance to the requirements of IC 32-29-7-3, this Notice shall also represent service of Notice
of Sale of this real estate upon the owners.

  • An entire Sheriff’s Sale may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other county emergencies. If the entire Sheriff’s Sale is cancelled, each parcel will be cancelled. Each parcel will be assigned to the next available sale (normally 2 months from original sale). This will allow compliance with Indiana Code concerning posting, publication, and serving time frames. Also, new Sheriff’s Sale fees will be assessed and the parcels will be automatically re-advertised. The plaintiff will be responsible for the new fees and advertising costs.
    Jennings Township
    Jerry Goodin, Sheriff
    By: Laura Boswell
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: (812) 722-0865
    Plaintiff’s Attorney
    Reisenfeld & Associates LPA LLC
    Matthew C. Gladwell
    3962 Red Bank Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45227
    (513) 322-7000
    Attorney No. 30493-49
    The Sheriff’s Department does not warrant the accuracy of the commonly known address published
    herein.
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