Scottsburg couple arrested on drug charges near Jackson/Scott line PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:40



An alert Indiana State trooper stopped a vehicle near the Jackson/Scott County line on Saturday night, September 9, and ended up arresting the occupants of the truck for drug-related offenses.

Trp. Tia Deaton of the Versailles Indiana State Police (ISP) post noticed the Chevy S-10 as it was southbound on U.S. Highway 31. She stopped it for a traffic offense near County Road 700 South.

Trp. Deaton stated she detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as she talked with the occupants, identified as Katrina Ballard, 39, and Christopher E. Williams, 24, both of Scottsburg. Back-up for the trooper at the scene was provided by Crothersville police officers.

A search of the pickup truck reportedly yielded a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 70 grams of methamphetamine (meth). That amount of meth could have a street value of up to $20,000.

Ballard and Williams were placed in custody and handcuffed. They were then transported to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Preliminary charges against each included dealing in meth, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.




October 28 demolition derby now scheduled at County Fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:38



Demolition derbies, one of the best crowd-gatherers at the Scott County Fair for years, are certainly not over for the season.

As area festivals close down, members of the board of directors of the Scott County Fair Association are gearing up for a demolition derby now scheduled for Saturday, October 28.

Because daylight hours are shorter, organizers are planning to begin action around 4 p.m. that Saturday. Talk of adding trucks and other vehicles to the derby was also heard during the Fair Board’s annual meeting on Tuesday night, September 12.

The date will also be used by the Scottsburg FFA to put on its annual livestock show at the fairgrounds. FFA’ers will operate food concessions during both events.

In fact, October will be a busy month at the fairgrounds on U.S. Highway 31 South, Scottsburg.

An auction is planned for Saturday, October 7. On Saturday, October 14, a car show is scheduled around the former Saddle Club building.

October 28 is reserved for the FFA beef show and the demolition derby.

Information about the demo derby will be released in the near future.

Discussion of updating the fairgrounds’ website occupied some time during the meeting. Boat, RV and vehicle storage will begin on October 1. Jonathan Abbott will chair this project and can be reached at 812-595-2993. He will be assisted by board president John McNeely.

Sue Smith, Adam Gasser and Robbie Combs were re-elected to the board for three-year terms. McNeely was re-elected president, Combs as secretary and Doug Kirby as treasurer.

Memberships in the Association are still available. To obtain a membership, send $25 per person/family to the attention of Fair Board treasurer Doug Kirby at P.O. Box 512, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Organizations can join for $50, and memberships for businesses are $100.

The board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at the former Saddle Club building.




Income survey phone calls continue in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:37



Staff of a New Albany firm are calling residents in Austin for an important reason.

Workers with Key Research and Analysis Inc. are contacting homeowners and renters by phone or mail to obtain income information. Contacts are made randomly, and all information provided will remain confidential.

City officials placed an advertisement in this Green Banner Publications newspaper recently to let residents know the calls and mailings are legitimate and that their answers are needed for the income survey. The information is required to apply successfully for most grants available to communities. This most recent survey will enable officials to provide up-to-date information.

The City of Austin has successfully applied for grants to repave streets and to tear down buildings unfit for habitation.

Anyone with questions about the income survey is welcome to contact office of Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646.

Additional molesting charges filed against Scottsburg area resident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:35



New child molestation charges have been filed in Scott Circuit Court against a Scottsburg area man who is already facing charges in a case filed in June.

Donald R. Smith, 55, has been out on a cash bond of $7,500 since the previous case was filed with the court in late June. He had entered a preliminary plea of not guilty against two counts of Level 4 felony child molesting in the earlier case. His trial on those charges is scheduled for October 30.

On Tuesday, September 12, the Prosecutor’s Office filed eight more charges based on alleged actions ranging from January, 2009, to July, 2016.

New charges include three felony counts of child molesting, one count of sexual battery, one count of child solicitation and three counts of providing obscene matter and performances before minors.

All but one of the charges are alleged to have occurred before Indiana changed its criminal code to Level 1-6 felonies, so only the last count of providing obscene matter is filed as a Level 6 felony. The first three are Class C felonies; the remaining are Class D felonies.

When the case was opened, bail was set at $75,000 by corporate surety bond or $7,500 cash. An arrest warrant was issued for Smith.

A court order was entered directing him to have no contact with the alleged victims.




Scottsburg Board of Works approves final payments for projects PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 September 2017 14:33



Final payments for several companies completing projects in Scottsburg parks and on streets were approved by the Scottsburg Board of Public Works and Safety on Tuesday, September 12.

Board member Bill Hoagland could not be present for the meeting. Mayor Bill Graham and member Stanley Allen conducted the afternoon meeting.

All Star Paving and Dave O’Mara completed paving projects in the city and received approval of their final payments including retainage. The final payment for All Star was $70,582.91. Dave O’Mara will receive a final payment of $84,842.45.

Progress on the north portion of the city’s walking trail network was reported. City maintenance supervisor Jeff Broady has built walking bridges to span Honeyrun Creek, it was noted.

A problem with a pump on the fire department’s 1996 pumper was detected during recent tests, advised Fire Chief James Richey. The problem is being addressed. The department’s 1964 pumper is in good working order, he added.

Jim Binkley, Electric Department Superintendent, reported that the crew which traveled to hurricane-damaged Gainesville, Fl., began repair work at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12. The crew is expected to work there for as long as a week. Binkley said the City of Lakeland requested the Scottsburg crew’s help, too. Details are being worked out.

The Board of Works approved a higher pay rate for an apprentice lineman with the department. The crewman had completed his required 1,000 hours of supervised work, Binkley said.

The board passed a resolution accepting ownership and responsibility for a lift station at Amberley Pointe Mobile Home Park on the city’s southwest side.

Local businessman Jerry Boley asked about the status of the proposed pay-as-you-go utility system the city is looking at. Binkley reported that the system is presently “on hold” until the revised electric rate schedule is adopted and in effect.

Boley also requested help from the city with a developer on the west side of his property. The developer has tiled drainage toward Boley’s land, he said. He also questioned recent action by the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC). He said the APC stopped him from obtaining a permit to place a double-wide mobile home on property he owns.

Boley was told he must question the APC about that issue. He was also encouraged to request a public records search on the Department of Natural Resources’ Rule 5 in regards to Wolf Run and Moonglo Estates subdivisions.

A 5.1% increase for medical insurance was approved by the board for city employees. Deputy clerk Karen Middleton presented the recommendation from the city’s Insurance Committee. The insurance coverage with United Health Care will cost the city about $1,800 per month for 2018, she added.


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