Covid Cancels Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival

The June 11-13 Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival has been cancelled, according to festival director Erica Gorbett.
“The Crothersville RWB Festival organizing board had no choice but to cancel the 2020 Red, White and Blue Festival due to the governor’s 5 stage plan,” she said.
While Governor Eric Holcomb’s plan to re-open Indiana for business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, festivals, fairs, music venues and conventions are among the events which must remain closed through June, according to Holcomb.
“Although the festival is cancelled, we still have our annul Red, White and Blue BBQ to look forward too,” said Gorbett. “This year’s BBQ will be September 18 & 19 and a lot of the events planned for the festival will be hosted at the BBQ.”
Keep checking the Crothersville Times and our Facebook Page – Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival for more updates, she said.

Crothersville Police Arrest Local Pair For Drugs, Neglect Of Child

Two Crothersville residents face drug and neglect of a child charges after Crothersville Police assisted Indiana Parole officers with serving a warrant at a mobile home park on Rider Avenue last Wednesday afternoon, May 6.
According to Chief of Police Matt Browning, he and officer Mike Weiler were contacted by Indiana Parole agents wanting the CPD help with the parole violation arrest of Christopher Axsom, 38, of the 400 block of Rider Avenue.
According to Browning, when officers walked to the front porch of the mobile, they could smell marijuana.
When Axsom answered the door parole agent Jon Hill placed him under arrest for parole violation. Authorities took him inside the dwelling where a 9-year-old year girl was observed in the living room.
Parole officers asked where the girl’s mother, Niki Wilson, age 28, was Axsom indicated that she was in the bathroom.
When the woman came out of the bathroom, police had the three sit on the living room couch. Parole officers went into the couple’s bedroom and began searching for the drugs that they smelled.
Browning said that parole officers called him into the bedroom where they had found a plastic magnetic box found behind the TV in the bedroom containing two plastic baggies with a crystal substance which Axsom confirmed was methamphetamine.
An additional search of the couple’s bedroom located a plastic bag of green plant material, later confirmed to be marijuana.
Browning summoned Indiana State Police Trooper Tia Hunt to the residence to search Wilson. As the state trooper began patting down the woman, she became verbally abusive to the trooper and uncooperative in the search, the Crothersville Police Chief said.
The nine-year-old girl was released to the custody of her maternal grandmother, Browning said.
Axsom was charged with parole violation, neglect of dependent, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of a device to interfere with a drug or alcohol test.
Wilson was charged with neglect of dependent, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and resisting law enforcement.
Both were incarcerated in Jackson County Jail shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Mail-In Ballots Encouraged; In-Person Voting Times Set

Next month’s Primary Election delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be held June 2 and deadlines have been announced by the clerks in Scott and Jackson Counties.
A mail-in ballot can also be requested at or by calling the county clerk’s office. Ballots must be requested by next Thursday, May 21.
The Indiana Election Division decided to allow all voters to vote via mail without providing a reason, as is traditionally required, as part of a slate of policy changes intended to make voting easier amid the pandemic.
During in-person voting, voters will be required to practice social distancing, and personal protective equipment will be provided to poll workers.
In Scott County in-person voting will take place from May 26-June 1 in the Commissioners Room on the first floor of the courthouse, according to county clerk Missy Applegate.
Voters will need to bring their driver’s license, enter the east door of the courthouse, go through a security check before proceeding to vote in the commissioners’ room.
Questions can be answered by calling 812-752-8420.
In Jackson County, early voting will be held at the former Superior Court II Annex (former jail) in Brownstown. Voters should enter from parking lot behind Judicial Center, according to County Clerk Melissa Hayes.
Voting will be Tuesday May 26 through Monday June 1. Voting hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. May 26-29; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 1.
“We are taking precautions to insure the safety of the voters and poll workers,” said Hayes. “I highly encourage all voters who plan to vote in person to wear a mask to ensure the safety of everyone.”
For answers to any questions call 812-358-6120 or 812-358-6117

Library Open For Curbside Service

Jackson County Public Library have begun no-contact curbside pick-up service. Libraries were mentioned in the state’s Back on Track Indiana plan for reopening the state from the COVID-19 pandemic, with permission given to phase in the openings this month.
Library customers will set up appointments by phone with library staff and pick up items during scheduled pick-up hours:
•Crothersville (812-793-2927): Mon. – Fri. 2 to 6 pm and Sat. 1 to 4 pm
•Medora (812-966-2278): Thursday 2 to 6 pm and Sat 1 to 4 pm
•Seymour (812-405-1832): Mon. – Fri. 10 am to 1pm or 2 to 6 pm and Sat. 10 am to 1 pm
Although most items are checked out through July 1, most materials may be placed in library item returns anytime. Hotspots, Kindle Fire devices, Launchpads, and Wonderbooks must be returned by appointment. Upon return, all materials will be quarantined for 72 hours per federal guidelines.
Library buildings remain closed to the public at this time.
The pickup process will work as follows:
•Request items for curbside pickup–place a hold on an item(s) via the online catalog or by calling us during the hours above.
•You will be notified by text, email, or automated phone call when your holds are ready for pickup.
•Schedule a specific time to pick up your holds by talking to library staff on the telephone.
•When you arrive to pick up your hold, pull to the curb in front of each library entrance, and give us a call to let us know you are here.
•Staff will place your bagged items on a table or bench.
•When staff has returned to the building, exit your vehicle to claim your items.
All staff are working in two separate shifts, following strict sanitation and hand-washing procedures, and will wear masks while in the library facilities.
The library’s catalog and other items may be accessed at

Local COVID-19 Statistics

As of Sunday, May 3, COVID-19 there were 15,012 confirmed cases in Indiana. That is up from 15,012 for the previous Sunday, April 26. There have been 813 deaths up 251 from the 813 deaths statewide last Sunday.
There have been 81,708 Hoosiers tested for the virus up from 81,708 a week ago.
In Jackson County there have been 114 confirmed cases up from 114 cases a week prior. There have been 494 people tested, up from 494 tests performed in the previous week. One death has been reported in Jackson County.
In Scott County there have been 37 confirmed cases, up from 37 the previous week, 328 tests performed up from 328 the previous Sunday. Two people have died; no increase from the previous week.

COVID-19 Cancels Austin July Fireworks

No Decision On Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival, Scott County Fair

Social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in the City of Austin to cancel the community’s annual July fireworks display along with the traditional food vendors. Governor Eric Holcomb’s Friday announcement of phased-in what remains closed in Indiana will probably cancel two other area events.
“Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties forthcoming, we regretfully decided that the City’s annual Fireworks Display will not be held in 2020,” said Austin Mayor Roger Hawkins.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and we have considered all possibilities bearing in mind the situation we are in; however, the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and attendees is of the utmost importance; therefore, we feel it is necessary to cancel this event.”
He continued, “It is our hope that 2021 will bring us a healthier, more sustainable economy and we will be able, without hesitation, to continue our fireworks display.”
While Erica Gorbett, director of the Crothersville Red, White & Blue Festival said last week that no decision has been made on holding the festival, Holcomb’s Back-On-Track schedule may make the decision for the annual June Crothersville Festival.
According to the Governor’s phased-in schedule of what can be opened and what remains closed, from May 24-June 13 (which would include the Red, White & Blue Festival), cultural, entertainment, sports venues and tourism remain closed.
The June 14-July 3 phase-in will cancel the Scott County Fair scheduled for June 21-27. Though no official announcement has been made by local fair officials, the governor’s orders are clear. “Large events such as conventions, sports events, fairs, festivals, and parades” remain closed.