Stucker Fork Conservancy District water rate case: Consumer comments invited PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 30 November 2015 11:48

Do you want to voice your opinion on Stucker Fork Conservancy District’s proposed water rate increase? Here’s your chance.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments from Stucker Fork customers through Friday, January 8, 2015. The district provides water utility service to approximately 7,500 customers in six counties (Scott, Clark, Jefferson, Jackson, Jennings, and Washington).

Stucker Fork Conservancy District is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval to change rates in two phases. The monthly water bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons would drop from $16.55 to $15.45 in the case’s first phase, then rise to $17.40 in the second phase. In addition, the fire protection charge for customers in the City of Austin would rise from the current $6.08 to $6.84 at the end of the second phase. The district’s current rates were approved in 2013.

In its testimony and exhibits, the district says it is seeking the rate changes to pay for capital improvements including expansions and improvements to the Marble Hill water treatment plant, electrical improvements to booster stations and the Marble Hill plant, improvements to the Austin water treatment plant, a new one-million gallon storage tank, and other initiatives.

For more information on the case, including the utility’s testimony, please visit

The OUCC – the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the IURC – is reviewing the utility’s request and has not yet taken a position in this case. The OUCC is scheduled to complete its review and file its testimony with the Commission on January 15, 2016.
Morgan Foods, Inc. has formally intervened in this case and is also scheduled to file testimony on January 15, 2016.

Consumers who wish to submit written comments may do so via the OUCC’s Website at, or by mail, email or fax:

Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Fax: (317) 232-5923

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments no later than January 8, 2016 so that it can: 1) Consider them in preparing its testimony and 2) File them with the Commission to be included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44687.”

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

Warriors Fall to Eagles 67-64 in OT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 30 November 2015 11:40





Meyer Gym, known as “The Pressure Cooker,” lived up to its name as this year’s rivalry game came into full swing. As the crowds chanted, each athlete on the court fought for every point. At the end of four quarters, the game was tied at 57 and went into overtime. Austin outscored Scottsburg by 3 points in OT, winning the game with a score of 67-64.

At the end of the first quarter, Scottsburg trailed Austin with a score of 12-14. Matt Johnson and Brady White led the Eagles through the first quarter with 6 points each. White completed one play and scored a three pointer. Johnson hit two free throws and two field goals. Mitchell Meagher led the Warriors and also scored 6 points in the quarter, with two field goals and two free throws.

The second ended with a score of 29-32, in Austin’s favor. Dustin Yocum scored 8 points for the Warriors in this quarter. At this point, he and Meagher led the team with 8 points each. White and Johnson remained the leaders for Austin, scoring 7 each for Austin and ending the first half with a total of 13 points each.

After the break, the Warriors returned and cut down ground lost during the first two quarters of the game. During the third, Junior Dustin Yocum led the Warriors with a 10 point period. Scottsburg outscored their Austin counterparts 14-9, ending the third with a score of 43-41 with the Warriors having the lead.

Casey Smith took charge of the scoreboard during the fourth, hitting two three pointers and rounding off the quarter with 6 points for the Warriors. He led the quarter for his team. Trevor McIntosh led the Eagles with 8 points in the quarter. With the game tied 57-57, the teams entered overtime.

The Warriors were outscored 7-10 in the overtime period, and ended up losing the game to Austin with a final score of 64-67. Senior Matt Johnson led the whole game for the Eagles with a total of 28 points, and Junior Dustin Yocum led the warriors with 23.

“It was a great game for both teams, but by far one of the roughest losses to take in mentally,” said Yocum.

In a post made moments after the game, SHS sophomore and Boys’ Basketball Manager Kelsey Barrett said, “What a great game played by both teams. Thanks [to both Austin and Scottsburg] for keeping the whole county entertained once again.”




Young woman trapped in car that crashed into semi-tractor-trailer on S.R. 56 West PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:17


A young woman was trapped inside the 2000 Saturn she was driving in Scottsburg on Wednesday, November 11, after she struck the side of a semi-tractor-trailer.

The driver of the 2007 Peterbilt tractor and trailer, Zohair Y. Zakavi, 50, of Kirby, Tx., was just west of the Interstate 65 interchange in Scottsburg in a parking lot. He needed to turn left to go west. He edged out into the eastbound lanes, then stopped his rig to await a chance to get into the westbound lanes.

The tractor-trailer blocked both westbound lanes.

As Destiny D. White, 20, Austin, approached the west side of the interchange, she apparently hadn't noticed the tractor-trailer. She changed from the right to the left westbound lane to pass a pickup truck. Then she saw the tractor-trailer, she told Det. Lt. Mike Nichols of the Scottsburg Police Department.

White attempted to stop and braked, but the car struck the driver's side of the tractor.

The impact crumpled the car, making it impossible for White to get out. She had to wait for Scottsburg volunteer firemen to pry apart the car.

White suffered chest pain and was assisted by Scott County EMS technicians, who then transported her to Scott Memorial Hospital.

Property damage was estimated at up to $5,000 by Det. Nichols. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Rodney Rudder.

No injury accidents were investigated by the Sheriff's Department in the past week, but, of the seven accidents to which deputies were dispatched, six mishaps involved motorists striking deer. In all but one of those, property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

Republican Party chairman files petition for recount on Rose-Paden Council race PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:12


The extremely close race experienced in that District 4 City Council race between Democrat Chuck Rose and Republican Daniel Paden has resulted in the filing of a petition for a recount by Scott County Republican Party Chairman Christopher Albertson.

Papers were filed with Scott Circuit Court on Friday, November 20. Jeffersonville attorney Larry Wilder is representing the Republican Party.

Rose, an affable former councilman who first taught and is now an elementary principal for Scott School District 2, was the Democrat opponent who beat the popular Paden, who was a first-time candidate, U.S. Army veteran and now serves as a medical helicopter pilot. The margin separating the two men was only 3 votes, 280 to 277, in the General Election on November 3.

Rumors have circulated since that nail-biter happened that the Republicans were considering a recount. District 4 is the Vienna 5 precinct, located west of U.S. Highway 31 North to the city's western limits, more or less.

In the petition, Albertson requests that the Court appoint a Recount Commission to perform a hand count of all ballots cast, including those “spoiled” on election day, all ballots cast at the polls and all ballots cast by absentee, shut-in or at the Courthouse prior to November 3. The action also requests a review and consideration of every ballot cast provisionally, every one which was rejected and any ballots retained but not counted.

A request for a jury trial, which would determine any “triable” issues arising from the recount, was also part of the petition.

All members of the County Election Board – County Clerk Missy Applegate and members Fran Satterwhite and Dale Martin - as well as Chuck Rose were served with notice that the petition had been filed.

On the same day that the petition was filed, Circuit Court Judge Roger Duvall recused himself from the case. That action will require the selection of another judge to preside over the recount.


2015 a banner year for Kids First of Scott County; over $33,000 raised in 16 hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:11


In just 16 hours, generous supporters of the 2015 Kids First auction helped to raise over $33,000 during the event.

Kids First went on the air at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 21. By about 1:30 a.m., hoarse announcers, workers, TV crews and fans cheered when the figure $33,179 was reached. “That's the best we've ever done with the auction,” advised Jessica Jones, Kids First treasurer.

Mayor Bill Graham was a familiar figure at the auction, as he usually is. He was spied earlier in the day inspecting the beautiful dark red 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis, donated by Wheels and Deals Auto Sales, which was parked out in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Mayor got the car for a bargain $3,000.

Millard the Bear is now in the possession of the winning crew, which donated $500 for that privilege. The huge overstuffed bear is “sold” each year during the auction in memory of the late Millard Moore, a longtime Scottsburg city employee and a dedicated supporter of Kids First.

A donation of $2,500 was presented to Kids First staff on behalf of the Scottsburg Wal-Mart in a special ceremony.

Several contributions were given in memory of Sue Barnett-Amick, who recently died. Sue was administrative assistant to Mayor Graham since his first year in office, 1989, until she retired this past June. Glen Deaton gave $1,000 in her memory, and that amount was matched by Mayor Graham. Kenny and Joyce Spence provided $300.

Everything from cases of turkey gravy, handmade blankets and hand-woven rugs, decorative dolls, knives, Christmas decorations, small appliances, cute little jars filled with candies and other items donated by schoolchildren, theme baskets and a really cool-looking child's motor-driven car were auctioned off this year.

Additional dollars were raised through a wrap-up auction conducted at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Monday night, November 23. Bob Tobias kept that action going with his patented patter. Jones said a final total for the auction will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

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