Santa to Visit Crothersville Dec. 17 with First-Ever Christmas Parade PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:33



Santa Claus is Coming to Crothersville on Saturday, December 17 at 6 p.m. during the Crothersville's 1st annual Christmas parade.

The paradewill begin on Moore Street and travel east to East Street then north to Bard Street, west to Preston Street, back south to Moore Street and end up up the Crothersville Fire Department.

The parade will be delivering Santa to meet all the community and take pictures with the kids.

Mrs Claus will be busy all week baking up cookies for the kids and kids at heart. The elves will be offering up cocoa and coffee as well. The event will conclude at 8 p.m.


Sterk Connects with SHS Students Through Her Life Experiences PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:31



Name a job, and Jennifer Sterk probably has had it. Her last job before becoming an educator: a crane operator at North American Stainless in Carroll County, Ky.

“I’ve worked every job you could imagine,” said Sterk, who is a math teacher at Scottsburg High School.

Before becoming a teacher, Sterk was the only woman in a group of 20 NAS employees to travel to Spain to assist with the expansion of the stainless steel plant in Ponferrada, León. The factory is one of the top three stainless steel producing facilities in the world. Sterk lived and worked in Spain for three months.

“I liked [my job],” Sterk said. “I was a big overhead beam crane operator.”

Sterk’s three-month residency further strengthened her Spanish-speaking skills. She took Spanish in high school and college, and she still uses Spanish in her classroom.

“I speak Spanish in the classroom all the time,” Sterk said.

Throughout Sterk’s life, from growing up in Wyoming to currently living on a farm in southern Indiana, she found one profession that she felt called to — teaching.

“My teachers were the strongest influence in my life above else,” Sterk said.

Before being a teacher, Sterk had a humbling experience in mathematics — she failed a math remediation exam. From that point, she turned that failure into an “A” in the class. She became a math tutor for other struggling students. It propelled her to become a math teacher for those who feel math is not their favorite subject.

“I became a math teacher for people who say they hate math or can’t do math,” Sterk said.

Since those early beginnings, Sterk earned her master’s degree and completed 15 hours of graduate work in mathematics with a minor in psychology. At one point, she was an adjunct professor at a nearby college. She also taught high school classes in Kentucky and Indiana before coming to SHS this year.

“The kids were always great, and the chance to help so many students,” Sterk said was her favorite part of her job as a teacher. “It’s not just teaching them math.”

Outside of the workplace, Sterk lives on a 55-acre horse farm with six horses, three dogs, and three cats.

“We’ve always had a farm. I grew up in Wyoming with horses. It’s who I am,” Sterk said.

Sterk loves animals and devoted her lifestyle to vegetarianism. She also participates in half and full marathons and in IRONMAN competitions.

“In college, I learned what vegetarianism was. I am about 95 percent vegan,” Sterk said. “I started IRONMAN to see if I could do it. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment.”

At home, Sterk and her husband are foster parents. They adopted one child, who is 3-years-old, and are foster parents to another child, who is an infant. They hope to adopt the child they are fostering.

“We decided to start our family with adopted children,” Sterk said.

Through it all, Sterk has learned a key lesson from her life experiences.

“It’s taught me to be extremely empathetic. Your story isn’t always what you assume it is,” Sterk said. “I’m happy to be at Scottsburg. The kids are great.”


SHS teacher returns to his hometown to make a difference PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:23



When Brandon Jerrell graduated from Anderson University, the Scottsburg High School alumnus wanted to return to his hometown and give back to his community.

“Scottsburg is home. I really care about the community in Scottsburg,” Jerrell said. “I want to continue to make a difference.”

This year, Jerrell is making a difference in his hometown by being in the classroom — Jerrell was hired as Scottsburg High School’s new Spanish teacher.

“My passion for Spanish and children is what led me to this,” said Jerrell, who majored in Spanish and Christian ministries at Anderson. “Teaching is a perfect blend of both of my majors.”

At Anderson, Jerrell was part of the Spanish chapel ministry. Each week, Jerrell would help organize the Spanish-only, one-hour service, where attendees would be part of a short, Bible reading, have a time of prayer, and listen to a speaker. At times, Jerrell would be the speaker that week.

“That helped my Spanish along,” Jerrell said. “It’s pretty tough to do [a sermon] in another language.”

Jerrell would also spend time with a local Hispanic congregation near Anderson. There, he connected his lifelong love of playing soccer and his calling to help children.

“We taught the kids soccer,” said Jerrell, who was the captain of the boys soccer team when he was a student at SHS.

Jerrell said there were not as many opportunities for the children to learn to play soccer, so he and other Anderson students helped fill in the gap.

Along with being involved in ministries on and off campus, Jerrell spent one semester in Costa Rica to help strengthen his Spanish-speaking skills and his knowledge of Central American culture. He also spent a little more than a month in Spain, north of Madrid. In Spain, Jerrell stayed with a friend, who was a foreign exchange student that his family hosted when Jerrell was a SHS student.

“I really loved Spanish when I was at Scottsburg,” Jerrell said. “It’s always been interesting to communicate in another language other than English. We were really good friends while he was here.”

Not only is Jerrell is trying to make a difference in the classroom, he is also hoping to make a difference in the swimming pool. Jerrell was named the SHS varsity boys and girls swim coach and the Scottsburg Middle School swim coach. As a student, Jerrell was a four-year member of the SHS swim team.

“As a swimmer, it’s a pretty painful sport,” Jerrell said. “As a coach, I want us to remain competitive [in the conference].”

When Jerrell is not in the classroom or at the pool, he is busy working on developing a card game. The idea for the card game came when he was at his grandmother’s house for Christmas. He convinced his brother, Matthew, who graduated in 2015, to play the strategy, two-player game.

“It’s changed significantly from the first time we played it,” Jerrell said.

Jerrell said he will try to self-produce the game after “quite a bit of testing.

Officers Helps Man Trying to Find Refuge from Weather at C'ville Bank PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:23


On Monday, December 12, 2016 at 9:24 a.m.; Crothersville Chief Brent Turner, Officer Matt Browning and ISP Trooper Olibo responded to The People's Bank in reference to an out of control male subject who was threatening employees and customers.

Officers arrived and located the male subject and detained him for everyone's safety. The male subject was identified and determined to be without residence and was trying to gain refuge from the weather.

Officer Browning transported him to Seymour and purchased him something to drink and a snack. Trooper Olibo went to Dick & Rudy's were they provided a voucher for lodging, bag of oranges, and a $20.00 gift card to Cracker Barrel.

‘Kimberlins Go to War’ provides personal insights from collection of Civil War letters PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 December 2016 10:21



His efforts took five years of patient, meticulous research, but Michael B. Murphy has written a valuable and interesting book that any Civil War buff would love to own.

Murphy researched those members of the Kimberlin family who fought in the Civil War. “The Kimberlins Go to War; A Union Family in Copperhead Country” relates the troubles and small joys of living during this dangerous period of national history, especially in Southern Indiana with its familial ties to “neutral” Kentucky.

John Kimberlin and two of his sons, Daniel and Isaac, were among the first white settlers of the area that would become Scott County. They arrived in April, 1805. Kimberlin Creek is named after the family.

Family members started small businesses and farmed, and their descendents, for the most part, remained on the original farm, adding to it and buying more property for farming.

When the Civil War began, conflicts between friends and neighbors arose, since Scott County had many ties to the South. But the Kimberlins supported the North and, eventually, 33 male members fought to preserve the Union. Five were killed; five more were wounded.

Throughout his life, Murphy has always enjoyed history but was particularly intrigued when told about the Kimberlins and their sacrifices for the Northern cause. As he began his research on the book, he met Thelma Gilbert Hogue, current Scott County historian and a Kimberlin descendent. She shared with him a cache of letters, some dating from the 1700s

This precious collection of letters was invaluable to Murphy. They provided the author a better view of how the Kimberlins lived, what they did and their family’s feelings about the war.

The 1850s-60s was a dicey time; there was a lot of support here for the South. That’s why Southern Indiana was known as ‘Copperhead Country.’ People were called “Copperhead Democrats” if they supported the South but lived north of the Ohio River. The Copperheads’ ultimate goal was to restore a Union with institutionalized slavery. In Indiana, Kentucky and other states, Southern supporters were also known as “sesech” (secessionists) if they held the view that the Southern states which seceded from the Union were within their rights to fight to form a new, separate nation.

Family feeling toward both groups was expressed by John J. Kimberlin, who, writing in 1863 from a Louisiana camp, stated, “We will show our old copperheads at home that our old flag will not be insulted.” He was one of the Kimberlins who did not return home.

“The Kimberlins Go to War” is now available at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum. Cost of the hardback volume is $18 plus 7% tax. Add $8 if the order is to be mailed.

Call staff of the museum at 812-752-1050 or visit the gift shop at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg, to reserve a copy.

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