Crothersville could be honoring its most famous son by proclaiming a section of Armstrong Street (US 31) through downtown as Scott McKain Way.
“Other communities and areas have made public note of their dignitaries and successful natives by proclaiming streets in their honor,” said councilman Chad Wilson. “We need to follow their lead to honor one of our more famous living natives.
McKain is a professional motivational speaker and business author who currently lives in Fishers, IN. He grew up in Crothersville, played in the high school band, and was president of the local FFA before graduating from CHS in 1973.
“Wherever he travels to speak, he talks about growing up in Crothersville and the wholesome values and lessons small town life taught him,” said Wilson. “We need to show him and visitors to our town that we are proud of him and his accomplishments.”
Other communities have made similar designations of streets and highways. The late Gov. Edgar Whitcomb was honored by his hometown of Hayden, the late Judge Robert R. Brown got a similar honor on a stretch of US 50 in Brownstown. Austin named a portion of US 31 in front of the school as Berley Goodin Way, in honor of the longtime teacher, principal and school superintendent. Legislation is progressing to name a portion of I-65 from Austin to Seymour as John Mellencamp Way, in honor of the rock and roll hall of famer.
The council approved pursuing the street name honor and will be contacting INDOT for approval and signage.
In other business, the council got a glimpse of this year’s Red, White & Blue Festival. Festival Director Sherry Bridges said it will be Crothersville’s state bicentennial celebration event.
“We have a handful of projects we are working on to make a special local bicentennial event,” said Bridges. “We are hoping our churches will step up with some special events during the festival and are looking for groups to put together some activities for children on Saturday of the festival.”
She added a porkburger eating contest is already in the works.
Brady Amusements will again provide the carnival and Zambelli Fireworks will be returning to closeout the festival with a bang.
Parade chairwoman Marion Gill said that the festival parade will follow the traditional route but begin at 1:30 rather than 4 p.m.
The festival will be held June 9-11.
In a final matter, clerk-treasurer Terry Richey announced that the spring large trash pick-up will be held May 10, 17 & 24. She added the fall large trash pick-up will be Oct. 11, 18 and 25.