Area Hospitals Take Protective Action Against Coronavirus

Medical Hotline Available
Schneck Medical Center has launched a dedicated 24/7 hotline, 812-524-4266, that offers free Coronavirus (COVID-19) phone screenings. The hotline provides guidance to those who believe they have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms.
Scott Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Hotline is 812-946-2413 between from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours call 800-722-5725.
Healthcare professionals staffing the hotline will recommend the most appropriate next steps for your care. Individuals may also reach out to their provider’s office if they have questions or concerns.
It is important to remember that the vast majority of individuals with Coronavirus will have mild symptoms and not require treatment or hospitalization.

Schneck Medical Center in Jackson County has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our patients and our communities is our primary concern and we are making decisions as warranted following guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Alongside our extensive prevention efforts that are already in place, it is now necessary to take further action to help keep our communities safe. These measures will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and disruption, yet the risks of not acting far outweigh the challenges.
•Every visitor and patient will be screened before entering the main hospital building located at 411 West Tipton Street in Seymour.  Please consider arriving early for any scheduled appointments to allow time for screening.
•Schneck has expanded current visitor restrictions, limiting visitors to two per patient.  These expanded restrictions are in addition to the current flu restrictions put in place in January which include visitors must be 18 years old and older and anyone with fever and/or chills, sore throat, muscle aches, runny or stuffy nose, cough, fatigue, headache, and vomiting and/or diarrhea is asked to refrain from visiting patients.
•All visitors must wash their hands (soap and water) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer can be found throughout the hospital as well as outside each patient’s room.
Hospital entrances hours of accessibility have been modified:
•Main entrance 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
•Schneck Professional Building 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
•Emergency department will remain open 24 hours per day, seven days per week
•All support groups, seminars, and programs hosted at Schneck Medical Center are cancelled through March 31. In addition, the Live Well Expo scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been postponed until further notice.
At Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg all patients and visitors in the Emergency Department and inpatient units will receive a screening questionnaire prior to being allowed to move through the hospital.
Questionnaire stations are located at the Emergency Department, Main Lobby and Outpatient Surgery entrances. In addition, the facility’s medical office locations are calling patients and conducting phone screenings.
If you are visiting Scott Memorial Health, or any of our facilities, we ask that you help us maintain a safe environment for everyone by following all posted guidelines for visiting patients. We are temporarily adjusting our general inpatient visitation policies to protect patients, staff and the community.
The Scott County Health Department is working with Scott Memorial Health to implement an extra layer of safety providing screening for the disease. A mobile testing unit has been placed outside of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
More detailed information can be found at

Austin Elementary School Project Moving Forward

A plan to raze and rebuild the Austin Elementary school took a step closer to getting underway on Monday, March 9, when the Scott County School District 1 School Board hired The Skillman Corporation of Indianapolis to serve a the project construction manager.
Core Corp of Indianapolis was the other firm under consideration.
“A Construction Manager as constructor handles all of the scheduling, logistics, coordinating and inspections of quality during the construction process,” said Dist. 1 School Superintendent Trevor Jones. “The school board is ultimately responsible but this process puts professionals familiar with construction and standards in charge of the daily, hands-on oversight.”
Jones said that the CMc is a process that has been used by school corporations in construction projects for the past few years.
“This puts professionals in the building trades as the school district’s representative on the building site,” he said.
Jones said Skillman has been or is being used as CMc on projects similar in size to Austin Elementary at South Montgomery Schools, Westfield Washington School, and Plainfield Community Schools.
According to the Skillman website the company was founded in 1972, has completed over 700 K-12 projects, over 70 new elementary school projects, and has worked on four projects with Lancer+Beebe, the architectural firm hired by District 1 to design the new Austin Elementary School.
Jones said that there is a higher administration cost for a CMc but their onsite construction presence would save the school corporation on actual construction costs.
The District 1 school board last summer approved a $20 million renovation for Austin Elementary School which includes razing the 1939 two-story brick and the 1950’s single story classrooms and replacing them with a new structure.
Voters in the Jennings Township school district approved a referendum last November to fund the project.
School officials have said that the aging elementary school has been plagued with heating and plumbing issues, and portions had to be shut down and classes moves, owing to original, irreparable pipes.
The campus of the mid-1900s also lacks sufficient student security for the 21st century school safety concerns.
Jones said the new elementary will be energy efficient, provide for improved learning technology and much greater student safety.
The superintendent said current plans are to go to bid later this fall with razing of the 1939 structure in January 2021.
He said there would be a phased demolition and construction.
Students have been moved out of the older two-story school allowing contractors to demolish the building then begin construction of the new elementary.
“When it is complete, students will be moved from the single-story 1950’s classrooms into the new elementary school. Then the single story classrooms will be razed to make way for an elementary playground and additional parking for Rigel Gym events.

Bridge Work To Close U.S. 31 Between Uniontown And Seymour

Work on the U.S. 31 overpass over Interstate 65 between Uniontown and Crothersville, expected to begin today, will close close the roadway for 120 days through mid-July. The overpass superstructure is to be replaced.
The overpass is located approximately 4 miles north of State Road 250 at the north edge of Vernon Township.
The official detour for the closure will follow U.S. 31 to U.S. 50 to I-65 at Exit 36 (Crothersville). Shoulder closures and lane restrictions on I-65 will be necessary during bridge deck demolition and beam setting operations.
A local detour could be turning east on CR 50 N at the former New Hope Church, crossing the interstate then turning north on CR 1240.
However, the roadway will not entirely be clear sailing
Also beginning Wednesday, the U.S. 31 bridge over Mutton Creek Ditch will be restricted to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for application of a bridge deck overlay. The temporary signal will remain in place for 150 days (through mid-August). The bridge is located about 1 mile north of the I-65 overpass between Uniontown and Seymour.
Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E and B Paving Inc. will do the work, which is part of a multimillion-dollar bridge rehabilitation project along U.S. 31 in Jackson County. Crews completed work between Crothersville and Uniontown last year.
Motorists should watch for slowed or stopped traffic, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.
The contract completion date for the entire project is Sept. 30. All work is weather dependent.

Fugitive Arrested In Scott County; Drugs, Stolen Police Rifle Found


Friday the 13th was an unlucky day in Scott County for a Colorado man.
Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy John Hartman received a tip that Franklin Gomar, 39, most recently of Denver, CO, formerly of Scott County was staying at a residence at 5591 East Kinderhook Road in Lexington Township in southeastern Scott County. Gomar was a fugitive from St. Louis County, MO for failure to appear on a dangerous drugs charge, according to Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin.
As Scott County, Indiana State and Federal officers were serving the search warrant looking for Gomar, he ran out of the rear of the mobile home abandoning his six month-old infant and a three year-old child, Goodin said. Officers chased Gomar and as they were catching up to him, he threw out two cell phones and then surrendered to authorities. Police found a loaded handgun with extra magazines on Gomar.
“Officers then sought and received another search warrant through Scott Circuit Court to look for more weapons in the home since as a convicted felon, Gomar was not allowed to possess any weapons,” said the sheriff. “During the search of the home officers located a AR 15 rifle that was reported stolen from the Louisville Metro Police Department about a year ago.”
Officers also located a counterfeit drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition.
Gomar was incarcerated in Scott County Jail where he faces numerous local charges including child neglect, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen property, failure to register as a sex offender, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a look-a-like drug, and resisting law enforcement in addition to the fugitive warrant from Missouri.
Assisting at the scene were Indiana State Police, Federal ATF Agent, the U.S. Marshal’s office, Scott County Prosecutor’s Office, Scott County Division of Family and Children, Indiana Dept. of Corrections and Scott County E.M.S.

Town Council Gives Thumbs Up To Art Grant

An art studio for learning and creating two- and three-dimensional art may be coming to a business in Crothersville if a funding grant through the Indiana Arts Commission is approved.
School Board member Tiffany Reynolds and Crothersville 6th grader Zoe Prince sought the local town council’s approval to pursue a $5,000 grant from the state arts group when the council met last Tuesday.
“The studio will not just be for school students,” said Reynolds. “It will be ‘art for all, big & small.” She noted that the art learning facility is important for the community’s youth because the school abolished art classes as a result of state funding cuts.
Local business owner Kyle McIntosh has offered a room at the rear of his Art From Ashes tattoo business for the art studio project, Reynolds said.
“We hope to include some structured instructional time each month,” she said
“Art is important. It gives us something to do, to be creative,” said Prince.
The town council was asked to be the grant funding conduit for the project. The council approved the project on a 4-0 vote.
In other matters, the council approved the purchase of a vacant lot from Hubert Ashley for $1. The lot on Armstrong Street between Howard and Main Streets where the local landmark Snow’s Restaurant was located. Under Ashley’s ownership, the two-story brick structure had fallen into disrepair and the council, fearing a collapse and need for public safety, negotiated with Ashley to raze the building last year if he would sell the town the property for a dollar.
•The council gave approval to the Crothersville Library to close a portion of an alley between the senior citizens center and Subway for half a day on June 1 for the library’s Summer Reading kickoff. Youth activities will occur in the outdoor space.
•The council appointed Jamey Greathouse and Alissa Sweazy to fill vacancies on the Crothersville Redevelopment Commission.
•Approved All-Star Paving to complete resurfacing projects at the police department on Moore Street, the alley east of the post office between Main and Howard Streets, and a section of curbing in the 400 block of West Howard Street.
•Approved $1,500 in funding for a swing and slide set for the Countryside Park. The Crothersville Youth League will pay $1,000 toward the project and install the playground equipment.
•Approved water utility expenditures for updating the town’s well head protection program, chemically cleaning the screens on the town’s three wells, and the purchase of a new chlorine measuring scale at the treatment plant.
“The water is hard in Crothersville and our wells are not producing the volume of water they should,”said Chris Mains, water superintendent. “That usually a sign that minerals are clogging the filtering screens at the bottom of the wells.” The town approved National Water company to clean and video the wells at a cost of $10,550 per well.
He told the council that the wells will be out of service one day at a time for cleaning. “I’ll make sure the high tower is full each day before they start cleaning. We should be fine” for adequate water supply, he said.

Drugs Send 7 To Jail

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies made seven arrests last week on a variety of drug related charges.
On Sunday, March 1, Deputies Kenton Makowsky and Charlie Morgan responded to Scottsburg on a report of an unconscious male. Their investigation led to the arrest of Brian Sanchez, 33, of Scottsburg for possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, obstruction of justice and possession of paraphernalia.
On Monday, March 2, Deputies Johnney Coomer, Jessica Dickey, Skylar Thompson and John Smith went to a Scottsburg business to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. Upon arrival their investigation led to the arrest of two people.
Natasha Prosser, 33, of Austin was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to comply with a court order. Deputies also charged her with possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
Michael Cole, 37, of Scottsburg was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Also on Monday, Deputy Thompson pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation in Scottsburg. His investigation led to the arrest of Shelly Tallon, 44, of Scottsburg on Clark County warrant. She was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent.
That same day Deputies Zach Brown and Johnney Coomer checked a male walking in Austin. Their investigation led to the arrest of Darrell Mcintosh, 36, of Austin for possession of methamphetamine.
On Thursday, March 5, Deputies Kenton Makowsky and Christopher Bowling made a traffic stop in rural Scott County. Their investigation led to the arrest of two woemn in the vehicle on drug related charges.
Andrea Hurley, 35, of Lexington was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, obstruction of justice, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of methamphetamine.
Samantha Farris, 31, of Crothersville was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.