My take on week one of the 2011 season PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 00:00

By George

Here is a list of some things I took from Friday Night Lights – Aug. 19 edition.

Eastern-West Washington

The jury is still out on how good the Musketeers will be this season, but no one will question their heart following their 18-7 win over visiting West Washington.

A serious ATV accident to a player's sister; A player's mom battling terminal cancer and on the day of the season-opening game, the death of a player's dad.

They not only fight through it all and play, but they play pretty well.

This Friday's game at Clarksville should be a better guide to how good the Musketeers are. They looked fast – faster than they have in the history of the program. Against a usually-quick Clarksville team we will get a better idea of if EHS players are that fast or if West Washington's players are a step slower than they have been in recent years.

If the Musketeers stay healthy, their line and running back Trey Albertson will cause defensive coordinators fits this season.

Don't cry too many tears for West Washington this season. The Senators have just six seniors coming off a very impressive season a year ago.

The win-loss record doesn't look promising with a very difficult schedule, but a rebuild year this year will turn quickly into a re-loading situation in 2012 for Head Coach Phillip Bowsman and company.



I think there was some people in the Lion camp that actually thought a win at Paoli was a possibility.

I guess the 67-0 loss is proof that Rome wasn't built in a day and Head Coach Mo Moriarity and his staff have their work cut out for them.

Salem will win a few games this year – mark it down, but they are at least two seasons away from getting back to where the kind of losses they suffered at Paoli don't happen.

The good news is 109 kids signed up to play youth league football for the Lions. That's grades three through sixth. If that trend continues and those kids stick with it, it won't take long for Coach Mo to get the ship on course.

Plus, don't take anything away from Paoli. The Rams have been one of the premiere programs in the area for the last four seasons.

I am interested to see how Salem looks against Silver Creek Friday. The contest is a home game for Silver Creek, but will be played at Salem because the Dragon field is still not suitable for play.

Floyd Central-Male

Head Coach Brian Glesing has helped to make Floyd Central one of the better teams in the southern half of the state.

Over the past three seasons, the Highlanders have won a lot of big games, but they haven't been where they needed to be on defense.

They opened the season by giving up 285 yards of total offense to Louisville Male, but that's not too shabby.

Male competes every season for a state championship in Kentucky and this year will be no different.

If the FC defense continues to show improvement, the Highlanders should not only be in the hunt for a Hoosier Hills Conference title, but could put together a strong run in the IHSAA State Tournament.

There is a lot of football to play and a lot of things can happen between now and then, but the Highlanders have a lot of pieces to the puzzle.

Look for a high energy game Friday as FC hosts one of their biggest rivals, Providence.


Other tidbits

I am interested to see if Madison has improved that much or if Charlestown is down a little bit this year.

The Cubs snapped a 14-game losing streak with their win over the Pirates.

    • Silver Creek scored a lot of points at Springs Valley for a first-year program. I am looking forward to see how they matchup Friday against Salem. That will be a battle of two programs trying to build. A win for Salem would show they are moving in the right direction, a win by the Dragons will send a message to the rest of the conference that SC will be in the MSC hunt in the next couple of season.


    • North Harrison picked up a win over Crawford County and again it will be interesting to see if the Cougars are a program on the rise or if the Wolfpack are still the whipping post of Southern Indiana.


Be sure to check back weekly to get my take on the world of southern Indiana high school sports. Also be sure to visit on Friday night to get the scores from all the teams in our coverage area.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:17
A look back at the 2010 high school football season PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 00:00

By George

After a long hiatus from writing sports columns, I think I may throw my hat back in the ring. Now, before you criticize or disagree with me give me a few weeks to get used to opining about local sports with my fingers again.

I thought in this, the first “By George” in more than a year, it should be a pot-luck column of happenings over the past few months since school started.

The first topic I will discuss is the West Washington football season.

What a year Head Coach Phillip Bowsman and the Senators had. I really thought they would have a winning record, but 9-3 more than exceeded my expectations.

If there was a Coach of the Year award to be given out state-wide, I would have to say Bowsman deserves to be in that conversation.

One would think he might have a little bit of interest in the coaching vacancy at his Alma mater, Salem High School, but Bowsman has told me time and time again that he is happy where he is.

In our last conversation about the subject he said his ultimate goal is to win a state championship and he thinks the Senators have a good shot at getting that goal accomplished.

This year's team had that kind of potential and had they gotten past Milan, who knows what would have happened.

That's one thing I love about sports, the “What ifs!” There are very few certainties in life, and there are even fewer is sports.

There is one certainty when talking about Bowsman, however, and that's the fact that he knows how to coach football.

Bowsman was 3-7 in his first year and guided the Senators to 5-5 and 6-5 seasons before this year's 9-3 campaign.

He had a vision when he took over the program, and Bowsman has made the moves necessary to see that vision become reality on the field.

The Senators are winning, the kids are having fun in the spread offense, and the football facilities at the school are among the best for Class A schools in the state.

While I am happy for Bowsman, I am sad for the departure of a friend on mine. I figured Brian Motsinger would step down after this year, but I hated to see him go out with a win-less season.

Over the decade or so that I've covered sports in Washington County, Coach Mots, or “Red” has always made himself available to me.

I've called him at his home, on his cell phone even when he was out on a date. He always had time to talk to me. It wasn't because he enjoyed my conversation as much as it was to get his kids the recognition they deserved in the local paper.

He was all about the student-athlete and helping them not only reach their potential, but take it to new heights.

In some ways I felt like an extension of the coaching staff when I would keep stats on the side-line.

I remember getting ran over by a Clarksville player at one game and when I looked up Coach was there making sure I was alright. We later laughed about it and he admitted to watching it a few times on the video, but he put aside the importance of the game for a moment to check on me.

Mots won a lot of games as coach of the Lions and coached a lot of great players. A lot of us in the community appreciated the work he did and it will be strange not seeing him on the sidelines next season.

The Salem School Board has a tough job. They not only have to find a quality coach, they have to find a better person to pick up Motsinger's whistle.

Then there is John Dablow at Eastern. What a two-year run this guy has had. He took over a team that won just one time in it's first 19 games and in less than a year had them playing .500 football.

Dablow will be able to write a book on how to turn a program around.

Some credit has to go to talent. Ryan Tandy, Keenan Shanks and the Eastern seniors put in the work, but talent needs to be guided and Dablow and his staff have done that.

They started with the basics and really shouldn't look back now. I am not saying they will win every game, but I think the days of EHS being blown out are behind them.

Now, the foundation has been laid, it's up to the returning players to keep working to make sure the program keeps improving.

Well, that was my first effort. I hope the rust is knocked off. Give me a column or two to get back in the swing of things.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2010 14:18
County Commissioners go with hiring second firm for new study on present jail facility PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:18

With the apparent blessing of the Scott County Council, County Commissioners hired an engineering firm on Wednesday, October 7, to take a look at the present Scott County Security Center.
Cost of the study will be $15,000, according to the contract the Commissioners signed that day.
DLZ has offices in both Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis. The two representatives who appeared before officials that morning were staff from the Indianapolis office. Scott Carnegie is a DLZ senior planner. He explained that the Commissioners will receive a detailed report covering the current jail's structural condition, a cost estimate of finishing out the basement below the new addition and the possibility of demolishing the old building and constructing a new one.
The contract signing came after representatives of the current architectural/engineering firm which designed and built the new addition had talked to Commissioners Larry Blevins, Bob Tobias and Kelley Robbins.
In that presentation, RQAW Senior Vice President Joe Mrak, project architect Eric Weflen and business development staffer Melvin Beeker huddled with Commissioners to talk about what Mrak described as “...misinformation that's been thrown out about the (old) jail...”
Mrak said that, all along the past 18 months or so, the project to do something about improving the present facility was a separate project. The additional $750,000 raised in a bond issue originally thought to be over and above what would be needed for the addition (and thus was to be applied to the old jail's renovation) had to be used for the addition because bids came back a lot higher than expected, Mrak said.
He added that the Commissioners were the officials that awarded the contract to RQAW and decided not to do any design work on the old jail until the new addition was nearing completion. Though it had been anticipated to open this November, now the addition won't be ready for use until January.
“If you only have $3 million as decided by the County Council (in its most recent bond issue), then you cannot plan to tear down the building because you won't have enough money to rebuild it. To get what this county needs, you will have to spend more,” Mrak told them.
In response to a question posed by Commissioner Robbins, Mrak said there could be as many as 80 beds created in the old building, depending on the option adopted. A total of 890 square feet would be devoted to medical isolation beds by converting two present cells. The existing outdoor area will be converted to program space because a new outdoor facility is available in the new wing, Mrak went on. Rooftop heating/cooling units will free up more space. Construction will be phased so that prisoners can be shifted as needed.
“What a lot of people are questioning is the high cost of this construction. We got a new factory here in Scottsburg that is costing around $400,000, so why is this construction so high?” asked Commissioner Tobias.
“You got ten pounds of stuff in a five-pound bag,” replied Mrak. “This is highly specialized construction. At a factory, you aren't trying to keep the workforce there 24 hours a day. In a jail, you are.”
He added that the cost of sequencing will also affect building costs due to the loss of productivity experienced as sequencing occurs.
The medical area is all negative air flow, too. That's a special way of keeping air in that unit instead of allowing it to flow throughout the entire complex. Plumbing is being addressed through vacuum toilets which pump waste up. Using these will allow abandonment of pipes encased in the present jail's floors, a costly mistake made by its original architects and builders.
Some issues with the present facility being integrated with the new addition were brought up by Sheriff Dan McClain. He said connecting electronics was not figured into the original contract, and his budget is having to cover some of that expense.
Weflen noted that the project's contractor anticipated connecting the two building through a load-bearing wall. “We're having a meeting this week to resolve that issue,” he quickly told the Commissioners. Tobias was disgruntled, saying, “But wouldn't the contractor have known before now that that was a load-bearing wall? Really?”
Some of these issues have arisen because no designs were done on the renovation, Mrak reminded the Commissioners. “Because no decisions were made, nothing was ever designed,” he advised.
The trio took seats in the audience to await the end of the morning's meeting. However, when Carnegie and his associate were seated and RQAW representatives learned that the new contract had been accepted, Mrak and Weflen left.
DLZ associates will have the report completed in no less than 60 days, with Carnegie advising DLZ's conclusions could come “...a lot sooner.”
Sheriff McClain reminded Commissioners that the Sheriff's Department “...has needs over there right now as well as in 20 years. We've got to have the facility to manage what we will face,” he said.
Commissioner Robbins concluded, “We know we've got a problem over there and we are committed to fixing that problem. Money has always been a problem with the County Council, and we're trying not only to spend but to save.”
Tobias noted, “Guys, the monkey's on our backs. No one is happy with the numbers we've been hearing. I've said all along we need another set of eyes to look at this. $15,000 seems reasonable to be sure what we want to do. I don't want to dance just because someone tells me to. Maybe there'll be some things that will have to be eliminated. All I know is we got an $11 million investment over there that's getting ready to open and we've got to have the answer.”
Commissioner Blevins said he's heard from several Councilmen about their unhappiness with the present situation, a new jail addition with no work being done on the old building. “They're adamant about getting another pair of eyes to look at this. It's a step that'll be better for everyone if we go through it,” he remarked.
Robbins said one way or another, he's been involved with the jail project for about a decade. “Maybe longer,” he reflected. “We've spent so much money on this (project), we should be kicked out of the Courthouse,” he added.
With Tobias's motion, Robbins seconded and the Commissioners voted 3-0 to sign the DLZ agreement.

Four recent accidents in county, Scottsburg result in four people injured PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:14

In the dozen-plus accidents which have occurred since late September in Scott County and Scottsburg, four resulted in injuries to people.
On the morning of September 29, a mishap on U.S. Highway 31 about 300 feet north of its intersection with Moonglo Road, a crash caused up to $10,000 in property damage and hurt one driver.
Ryan J. Payne, 33, Austin, was driving south on U.S. 31In his 2006 Kia Spectra as it was raining. He told Chief Deputy Don Campbell that he noticed a car preparing to turn left onto Moonglo Rd. in front of him. When he applied his brakes, the Spectra began to slide and it hit the back of a Hyundai Elantra.
The driver of that car, Ronald T. Titus, 59, Scottsburg, experienced back pain and was treated by Scott County EMS technicians, who took him to Scott Memorial Hospital.
A contributing factor in the accident was the rain-slick road surface, noted Chief Deputy Campbell. He was assisted at the scene by Assistant Police Chief Richey Barton of the Scottsburg Police Department.
Another slide into the back of a vehicle injured a ten-year-old Hanover boy on Monday, October 5. The accident happened just before 7 a.m. on State Road 56 about 1,000 feet east of its intersection with State Road 203. The site is east of Scottsburg.
A Lexington resident, Joan Madden, 72, allegedly advised Deputy Rodney Rudder after the mishap that she did not notice that a 2011 Toyota Sienna van had stopped behind a Scott School District 2 school bus.
Madden said she attempted to brake, but her 1997 Dodge Ram pickup truck slid into the back of the van carrying the boy, identified as Jamison Lewis.
The child's mother, Jody M. Lewis, 38, was not listed as injured, but the youngster suffered head pain. Treatment was not indicated on the officer's report.
Property damage was estimated at up to $50,000 by Deputy Rudder. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy/Detective Rick Barrett.
Scottsburg police had two injury accidents that occurred on Thursday, October 8.
In the first, driver distraction apparently played a part in the mishap, which happened at 7:50 a.m. on S.R. 56 (McClain Avenue) at Main Street.
According to driver James H. Craig, 33, Madison, he had been westbound on the state highway when he said he looked down and away from the street. He didn't see a 2015 Ford Explorer being driven by Kelly D. Buckner, 44, Scottsburg, which had stopped.
Craig's 1998 Buick Century hit Buckner's SUV in the rear.
Buckner experienced neck pain after the accident. There was no indication if she received treatment, however.
Sgt. Joe Nicholson estimated that up to $5,000 in property damage had occurred.
Just before 2 p.m. that same day, Sgts. Rodney Watts and Nicholson were dispatched to an accident on S.R. 56 at Park Drive.
They found drivers Monica D. Bowers, 29, and Edwin H. Murphy, 68, both of Scottsburg, at the scene with their damaged Ford Expedition and Buick Regal. Both had been westbound when Murphy had stopped and Bowers' Expedition struck the rear of the car.
Abrasions on one of Murphy's arms were treated at the scene by Scott County EMS technicians.
Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000.

$250,000 OCRA Block Grant training application stymied by City Council's non-action PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:17

No action was taken by the Scottsburg City Council at its October 5 business meeting when officials were asked to pass an updated version of its present Fair Housing Ordinance.
Because of that hesitancy on the part of four members of the Council, the City of Scottsburg may lose the chance to obtain a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) available through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Completed applications for the grant are due on Friday, October 23.
The evening began with Jill Saegesser, director of River Hills Regional Plan Commission, presenting the new ordinance to the Council and Mayor Bill Graham. She said the updated ordinance had different wording in it but basically promises that people of all races, sexes and religions will be treated the same in Scottsburg.
The new Section 9 added by the federal government defines the term “family,” Saegesser explained, as a unit of people living together regardless of sexual orientation.
“We ask that you pass the new version tonight because it is a required part of the CDBG application. The City first passed a Fair Housing Ordinance (FHO) in 2003. You got a copy of the current FHO dated 2013 in your e-mails,” Saegesser stated as she addressed the Council.
Once the ordinance is passed, Saegesser said it will become a part of the completed application for the $250,000 grant. The grant, she went on, will pay for training home care and nursing home staff members who want to obtain their CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistant) titles or HHA (Home Health Aide) certification.
Many times, healthcare workers have little extra money to pay toward these certifications, which can increase their salaries and lead to better positions with more training. “This training grant is a Workforce Development program. If you don't adopt this new version of the Fair Housing Ordinance, we can't apply for the grant,” Saegesser concluded.
Mayor Graham was in favor of the ordinance adoption. “This grant can help a lot of people in our community. We have several partners willing to participate in this training,” he told the Council.
“So it's not an automatic 'rubber stamp' just to go after this grant?” asked Council President Terry Amick. Saegesser replied that passage of the new ordinance “ one of the steps you must take...”
City attorney Kerry Thompson offered his understanding on the matter, relating that the new ordinance “ definitely needed for the application to proceed. You sign off on the agreement to meet all (housing) standards.”
“So this Fair Housing Ordinance is applicable to everyone providing housing in the city?” asked Councilman Tom Lewis. Thompson clarified the matter by telling Lewis that there are some religious exemptions, adding, “...but if you are a standard landlord, then, yes, it applies.”
Lewis said he “...just has a difference in redefining the term 'family.' I don't agree with that.”
Apparently, others on the Council also had doubts. While Saegesser waited, Councilman Bill Hoagland made the motion to pass the proposed ordinance, but no one seconded the motion, despite Saegesser telling the Council that around 50 people could receive training with the money the grant would provide.
“If you don't pass this, we get cut off from all HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) grants. A good percentage of these people (which could be helped) will be low-income,” Mayor Graham said in an apparent attempt to influence the Council. “If we don't pass this, it puts the city in a bad spot.”
With the lack of a second, Hoagland's motion died. The ordinance may be revived at the Council's meeting on Monday, October 19, but, in order to meet the October 23 application deadline, all three readings must take place that evening and a resolution approving the application must also be passed by the Council.
The subject caused a brief discussion at the city's Board of Works and Public Safety meeting on Tuesday afternoon, October 13.
At that meeting, Mayor Graham divulged some of the application's background. Saegesser was also present for the board's meeting. Between comments made by them, it was learned that efforts to combine a training effort with Jackson and Jennings counties was tried. It failed because those counties wanted to address training needs in other areas.
“I was told we have a stronger application than what Jackson and Jennings has now, but I don't know about that. I do know that (Scott Memorial Hospital) officials have told me over and over again that they can't get the certified (CNA) people they need. We've got a lot of people in this community who are capable of getting this training and then advance on to something else. I know (the training) will lead to better-paying jobs for these folks,” Mayor Graham related.
Saegesser explained that Jackson and Jennings wanted industrial training and had advised that can and HHA training was provided through healthcare facilities. That is not the case in Scott County, she said.
Mayor Graham said not only is Scott Memorial interested in the city getting the grant but so is Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville. “They could be sending people up to take the training (if the program is established),” he remarked.
Clerk-Treasurer Jan Hardy said she has noticed the scarcity of CNAs in the local nursing facility where her mother lives. “Most of them do try to step up to becoming nurses, so they're always looking for CNAs to join their staff,” she offered.
Even the National Review, a magazine based in New York City, has pointed out the rising need for CNAs and HHAs in the Midwest, added Mayor Graham. “That's because our trend here reflects the aging population and its needs,” he stated.
The last time the city's Fair Housing Ordinance was upgraded by the City Council was when the city applied for a grant to help improve its water treatment facility in 2013. At that time, the Council passed the newer version by a vote of 5-0.
The Council's business meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Scottsburg City Hall.

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