City of Austin Awarded $550,000 Wastewater Grant

The City of Austin received a $550,000 state grant last Thursday to help fund improvements to the city’s wastewater system.
Left to right are Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Trena Carter with grant administrator ARa, Austin Clerk-Treasurer Chris Fugate, Mayor Roger Hawkins, Austin City Council President Jimmy Turner, and OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden were on hand for the OCRA grant awards in Indianapolis.

photo by Melissa Thomas

The City of Austin was among 85 communities that received funding grants through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch made the announcement last Thursday which will assist Hoosier communities with economic development opportunities.
“By working together, these communities applied innovative changes to their public buildings, parks, walkways, main streets and economic developments,” Crouch said. “In partnership with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, local leaders are able to utilize this funding to incorporate the plans to further their economic and community development.”
The City of Austin invested a $159,000 local match to secure a $550,000 state grant to help pay for improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment system.
Crouch said more than $56 million local community dollars were combined with the $35 million OCRA funding to complete quality of place improvements like water system enhancements, building of public facilities, main street revitalization, historic renovation and downtown enhancement.
“Today is a great day to celebrate all the successes, collaborative efforts and planning our Hoosier communities have achieved over the last year,” said Jodi Golden, OCRA Executive Director. “Our office was fortunate to help our rural cities, towns and counties grow and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for all of them as they continue to develop.”
The 2019 awards ceremony marks OCRA’s 14th anniversary since the agency’s creation in 2005. State legislators, mayors, local elected officials, grant administrators, community development organizations, community partners and businesses were present at the awards ceremony and celebration.
Scott County also received a $500,000 grant to improve public facilities.

Additional Party Primary Battles To Be Decided In May 5 Election

More competitive races developed in Jackson and Scott Counties for the May 5 primary election as the filing period drew to a close at noon last Friday.
Jackson County
In Jackson County, there are no Democrats on the ballot for the 10 countywide offices up for election this year. Primary ballot vacancies can be filled by parties for the general election through June 30.
Incumbent Republican Drew Markel is the lone candidate to file for the District 1 county commissioner seat. However, there will be a three-way contest for the GOP nomination in District 2. Incumbent Commissioner Bob Gillaspy is seeking a party challenge from Dave Eggers and Kenny Pfaffenberger.
A party battle will be contested for the three county council at-large posts as five Republicans are seeking the nominations. Incumbents Dave Hall of Norman and John Nolting of Brownstown have filed for re-election. Also seeking their party’s nomination are Woody DeZarn and Thomas M. Joray, both of Seymour and R. Brett Turner of Crothersville.
County commissionrs and at-large council seats are voted on by the entire county
Two Republicans have filed for their party’s nomination for county coroner. Ron Cox of Brownstown, and Paul Foster of Seymour are seeking the GOP nomination in the spring primary.
In other Republican candidate filings in Jackson County, Incumbent Superior Court 1 Judge AmyMarie Travis of Brownstown has filed to seek election.
Incumbent county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter of Seymour, who is completing her second term of office and is barred from seeking a third consecutive term, has filed to run for county treasurer.
Current county treasurer Roger D. Hurt of Brownstown has filed to run for county auditor.
Incumbent Daniel Blann of Brownstown has filed for re-election as county surveyor.
In State Representative races involving portions of Jackson County a GOP primary battle has developed for the nomination for District 73 race representing portions of southern and western Jackson County. Incumbent State Rep. Steve Davisson of Salem faces a challenge for the nomination from Mark Cox of Henryville.
Jim Lucas is seeking re-election as State Rep in District 69 representing Vernon Township and the eastern portions of Jackson County. Jeffery Prewitt has filed for the Democrat nomination and will face Lucas in the fall.
Chris May, incumbent Republican is seeking re-election to the District 65 in the northwest portion of Jackson County. He will face a challenge in the fall from Democrat Paula Staley.
State Senator Eric A. Koch has filed for another term of office representing all of Jackson County except Vernon Township.
Scott County
Democrat and Republican party races will be contested in Scott County.
County Commissioner District 1 is up for election this year in Scott County. Incumbent Democrat commissioner Robert Tobias filed for re-election and faces a three-way race for the nomination with Don Campbell of Lexington and Robbie Combs of Deputy.
Republicans will also have a three-way primary for the District 1 commissioner’s seat with Randy Julian and David E. Bruck of Scottsburg and Lynn Robinson of Austin vying for their party’s nomination for that commissioner’s district.
In the District 2 county commissioner race, incumbent Republican Mike Jones of Lexington filed to seek re-election.
There will be a Democrat race for the District 2 nomination between LeRoy Williams of Lexington and Mark Hays of Scottsburg.
Five Democrats have filed for the three at-large county council seats. Incumbents Mike Zollman, Robert D. Peacock and Iva Gasaway have all filed to seek re-election. They face primary challenges from Tony Peacock of Scottsburg.
Four Republicans have filed for the three available at-large council seats, Clayton Gross, Diane Eads Mullins, Eric Gillespie, and Lyndi Hughbanks all of Scottsburg are seeking the GOP nomination.
The top three vote getters will represent their parties in the fall election.
County Clerk Missy Applegate, who is finishing a second term as clerk, is barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term, has filed to run for county treasurer.
Democrat Denny Wilson of Scottsburg filed to run for Scott County Clerk. Wendy McClain of Scottsburg is the loan Republican candidate for clerk.
Two Democrats have filed for County Recorder setting up a primary battle. Incumbent recorder Marilyn Kundysek is facing a primary challenge from Sheryl Jent of Austin. Jent is finishing up a second term as county treasurer and is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in that office. No Republican filed to the recorder’s office as of the noon Friday deadline.
Incumbent Republican County Surveyor Mark Gardner is the lone filer for that office.
Democrat Dalton Baker of Austin filed for the Democratic nomination for coroner and Lonnie E. Noble Sr. filed to be the Republican candidate for coroner. The will face one another in the November election.
Democrat District 66 State Representative Terry Goodin of Austin has filed to seek re-election. He will face Republican Brian E. Tibbs of Marysville in the fall general election.

Six Jailed On Drug Charges, Police Seek 7th

Six people were incarcerated on a variety of drug charges last week and Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin reported that deputies have a warrant for a seventh suspect for dealing methamphetamine and other drug violations.
On Friday, Jan. 31, Deputy Skylar Thompson made a traffic stop in Austin, subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Brian Rice, 52, of Lexington for possession a narcotic drug and maintaining a common nuisance.
On Monday, February 3, Deputy John Hartman checked on the welfare of a man walking on south U.S. 31. His questioning led to the arrest of Adam Ingle, 40, of Scottsburg on a Marion County warrant. While being taken into custody on that warrant, Ingle was additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, false informing, possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a legend drug.
That same day Deputy Johnney Coomer made a traffic stop in Austin. His investigation led to the arrest of three people on drug related charges. David Dotson, 55, of Austin was arrested for driving while suspended, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Ima Pearson, 45, of Austin was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Melinda McVey, 49, of Austin was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
On Thursday, February 6, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Austin Police Department conducted a search warrant at 45 North Fourth Street in Austin as a part of an ongoing investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
As a result of the search warrant James Strobl, 42, of Austin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.
Eddie Collins, 42, of Austin is still being sought by the sheriff’s office for outstanding warrants for dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in a narcotic drug, and maintaining a common nuisance as a result of the search warrant investigation.
“Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Eddie Collins please contact the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-5550,” said Sheriff Goodin. “You can remain anonymous.”

Party Primary Battles Emerge For May 5 Election

Deadline To File Is Noon Friday

With only days before the noon deadline this Friday, Feb. 7, to file for elective office, competitive races have emerged in Jackson and Scott Counties for the May 5 primary election.
Jackson County
So far, the big news in Jackson County is that no Democrat has filed for any county office, according to information supplied by Jackson County Clerk Melissa Hays. Two GOP primary battles have emerged.
Two Republicans have filed for their party’s nomination for county coroner. Ron Cox of Brownstown and Paul Foster of Seymour are seeking the GOP nomination in the spring primary.
A party battle has resulted for the three county council at-large posts as five Republicans are seeking the nominations. Incumbents Dave Hall of Norman and John Nolting of Brownstown have filed for re-election. Also seeking their party’s nomination are Woodrow DeZarn Jr. and Thomas M. Joray, both of Seymour and R. Brett Turner of Crothersville.
In other Republican candidate filings in Jackson County, Incumbent Superior Court 1 Judge AmyMarie Travis of Brownstown has filed to seek election.
Incumbent county auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter of Seymour, who is completing her second term of office and is barred from seeking a third consecutive term, has filed to run for county treasurer.
Current county treasurer Roger D. Hurt of Brownstown has filed to run for county auditor.
Incumbent Republicans Drew Markel and Bob Gillaspy have filed to seek re-election for the respective District 1 and District 2 County Commissioner posts.
Incumbent Daniel Blann of Brownstown has filed for re-election as county surveyor.
In State Representative races involving portions of Jackson County a GOP primary battle has developed for the nomination for District 73 race representing portions of southern and western Jackson County. Incumbent State Rep. Steve Davisson of Salem faces a challenge for the nomination from Mark Cox of Henryville.
Jim Lucas is seeking re-election as State Rep in District 69 representing Vernon Township and the eastern portions of Jackson County and Chris May is seeking re-election to the District 65 in the northwest portion of Jackson County.
State Senator Eric A. Koch has filed for another term of office representing all of Jackson County except Vernon Township.
Scott County
Democrat and Republican party races have emerged before this Friday noon filing deadline in Scott County.
County Commissioner District 1 is up for election this year in Scott County. Democrat commissioner Robert Tobias filed for re-election and faces a Democrat primary challenge from Don Campbell of Lexington. Two Republicans—Randy Julian of Scottsburg and Lynn Robinson of Austin—will be vying for their party’s nomination for that commissioner’s district.
In the District 2 county commissioner race, incumbent Republican Mike Jones of Lexington filed to seek re-election while LeRoy Williams of Lexington filed for the Democrat nomination.
Five Democrats have filed for the three at-large county council seats. Incumbents Mike Zollman, Robert D. Peacock and Iva Gasaway have all filed to seek re-election. They face primary challenges from Jim Boswell and Tony Peacock, both of Scottsburg.
So far two Republicans have filed for the three available at-large council seats: Clayton Gross and Diane Eads Mullins both of Scottsburg.
County Clerk Missy Applegate, who is finishing a second term as clerk, is barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term, has filed to run for county treasurer.
Two Democrats have filed to run for Scott County Clerk: Patty (Patricia) Williams and Denny Wilson, both of Scottburg are seeking their party’s nomination. Wendy McClain of Scottsburg is the loan Republican candidate for clerk.
Two Democrats have filed for County Recorder setting up a primary battle. Incumbent recorder Marilyn Kundysek is facing a primary challenge from Sheryl Jent of Austin. Jent is finishing up a second term as county treasurer and is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in that office.
Incumbent Republican County Surveyor Mark Gardner is the lone filer for that office.
Democrat Dalton Baker of Austin filed for the Democratic nomination for coroner.
Democrat District 66 State Representative Terry Goodin of Austin has filed to seek re-election. He will face Republican Brian E. Tibbs of Marysville in the fall general election.

One Killed, Two Injured When Train Hits Cars On Austin Northside

A small passenger car was struck by a CSX train around 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, which resulted in the death of a Scottsburg woman and seriously injured two Austin women riding in the car. The accident occurred at the Christie Road crossing on the northside of Austin about a tenth of a mile west of US 31, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
Stephanie Trabue, 22, of Scottsburg was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Scott County Coroner’s Office. Karli Rose, 20, and Hannah Combs, 17, both of Austin were both air lifted from the scene and transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with life threatening injuries.
Goodin said that while responding to the accident an Austin Fire department truck being operated by Dustin Jordan was involved in a single vehicle accident resulting in a minor injury to the passenger Jodi Parks.
The Sheriff’s Office has turned the crash investigation over to the Indiana State police who are reconstructing the accident.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Austin Police Department, the Scottsburg Police Department, the Crothersville Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the Railroad Police, the Jennings Township Fire Department, the Vernon Township Fire Department, the Scottsburg Fire Department, Scott County EMS, Air Methods Air Ambulance and Stat Flight Air Ambulance.

Crothersville Seniors Citizens Plan Saturday Breakfast & Bake Sale

The Crothersville Senior Citizens are preparing for a breakfast and bake sale this Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7-11 a.m. at the local Senior Citizens Center on East Main Street.
Breakfast will include pancakes and syrup, sausage patties, and biscuits and gravy, with coffee, juice, and milk for drinks. A free will donation will be graciously accepted.
In addition, just in time for Valentines day, an assortment of baked goods will be available for sale.
The greater Crothersville area is invited to take part in this fundraiser for the local Senior Citizens Club.
For more information, call the Center at 812-793-2523.