Visit by Indiana Bicentennial torch inspiring local plans to celebrate Indiana’s 200th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:42

Fourth graders around Scott County have known all year long that Indiana is marking its 200th anniversary, its Bicentennial birthday, in 2016.

Additional charges for dealing in methamphetamine filed against Austin area resident PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:41

Five additional drug charges have been filed in a new Scott Circuit Court case against Patrick Aaron Hirstein, 43.

Early Morning Crash Claims Life of Child PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 13 May 2016 10:49

Crothersville-This morning, at approximately 12:40 a.m., the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on US 31 near County Road 500 South in Jackson County that claimed the life of a three year old Seymour girl.

The initial investigation by Trooper Jacob Tolle indicated that a 2006 Jeep Liberty being operated by Brent A. Sawyer, age 21, Crothersville, Indiana was traveling southbound on US 31 when he lost control of the vehicle.  Sawyer’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a 2003 Ford Windstar being driven by Devin P. Bevers, age 30, Crothersville, Indiana that was traveling northbound on US 31.  The vehicles collided nearly head on in the center of the roadway.

As a result of the collision, Bevers’ daughter, Tavaya A. Bevers, age 3, who was a back seat passenger in Bevers’ vehicle, sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  She was transported by ambulance to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana where she passed away from injuries sustained in the crash.  Tavaya Bevers was believed to be have been properly restrained in a child restraint when the crash occurred.  Both drivers were checked out at the scene by medical personnel after sustaining minor injuries in the crash.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.  Toxicology tests on both drivers are pending.

Trooper Tolle was assisted by Troopers Matt Holley, Korry Clark, and Tia Deaton.  He was also assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Vernon Township Fire Department, and Howard’s Wrecker Service.

Clinton, Houchen and Basham all winners in local contests but fail to take Indiana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:56


Voters in Scott County have long bucked national trends when voting for candidates in national and state elections.

On Tuesday, May 3, Democrat voters put Hillary Clinton ahead of Bernie Sanders by percentages of 55 to 45%. Though she failed to carry the state of Indiana in the Democrat Primary, Clinton scored 300 more votes than the socialist-leaning Sanders, 1,588 to 1,288.

Statewide, Clinton lost the primary to Sanders. She got 297,150 votes to Sanders' 331,707. However, the two Democrat candidates split the number of delegates, Sanders getting 43 to Clinton's 37. Consequently, though the news wasn't good for Clinton, the defeat certainly didn't stop the former Secretary of State from adding a few more delegates to her total, which overshadows Sanders.

On the Republican side, activity was lively at Indiana voting sites. In Scott County, County Clerk Missy Applegate reported that she ordered more than the usual number of Republican ballots. Republican pollworkers still ran out of printed ballots at Vienna 3, Johnson and Finley. Applegate said more young – and some not-so-young - voters showed up and decided to take a Republican ticket this time around.

The majority certainly voted overwhelmingly for candidate Donald Trump. Trump got 1,929 votes or 65% of Scott County's ballots to 867 for Ted Cruz. Since all of the Republican candidates were still listed on the ballot, several people took other routes, 100 voting for former Ohio governor John Kasich, 28 for Dr. Ben Carson, 23 for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, 9 for Marco Rubio, 5 for Jeb Bush and 2 for both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Cruz's recently-selected vice presidential running mate Carly Fiorina.

State-wide, Trump triumphed, taking a total of 587,706 votes for 65% of the total cast and earning all 51 delegates. Cruz lagged at 404,327. Kasich attracted 82,786; Dr. Carson, 8.860; Bush, 6,419; Rubio, 5,118; Paul, 4,267; Christie, 1,714; and Fiorina, 1,478.

In the seat for what will be Indiana junior U.S. Senator, Ninth District Congressman Todd Young was also an overwhelming winner, getting 2,256 votes in Scott County and 643,143 statewide. He defeated challenger Marlin Stutzman, who got only 509 votes in Scott County and 318,277 statewide.

On the Democrat ticket for the U.S. Senate office, former congressman Baron Hill received 502,933 votes in Indiana. Of those, 2,626 came from Scott County.

Contests in Congressional Districts 6 and 9 garnered local interest in both parties.

Democrat Danny Basham, Lexington Township Trustee, threw his hat in the ring early and worked hard. He made a good impression on Scott County voters, who gave him 64% of the votes cast for 789 total and a local win. District-wide, however, candidate Barry Welsh won with a total of 14,402 votes, though he only got 161 votes out of Scott County.

Complete local Democrat results for District 6 in the county and then district-wide were: Basham, 789/9,892; George T. Holland, 172/7,689; Bruce W. Peavler, 65/4,472; Ralph Spelbring, 40/3,096; and Welsh, 161/14,402.

For Republicans, incumbent D6 Congressman Luke Messer will be their fall nominee. Those results showed Messer getting 603 votes in the county and 79,623 District-wide. Candidates Charles Johnson Jr. and Jeff Smith received 209 and 213 local votes, respectively, and 10,197 and 13,071 District-wide.

In District 9, local Democrats agreed with fellow Dems district-wide that Shelli Yoder was their candidate. Those results locally and then district-wide were: Bob Kern, 178/7,214; James R. McClure Jr., 123/6,464; Bill Thomas, 119/4,926; and Yoder, 917/43,571.

Local Republicans supported a hometown girl, Erin Mount Houchen, in the District 9 race, giving her a local win, but Houchen lost to Trey Hollingsworth, a Jeffersonville businessman district-wide 30,090 to 40,269.

Complete results reflecting local, then District results were: Robert Hall, 103/7,944; Hollingsworth, 533/40,269; Houchin, 592/30,090; Brent Waltz, 75/15,669; and Greg Zoeller, 282/26,247.

In Indiana's Governor race, Democrat John Gregg got 2,468 votes from Scott County and a total statewide of 533,753. Republican incumbent Michael Pence received 2,320 votes locally and 796,042 statewide.

In the District 66 election, Democrat incumbent Terry Goodin received 2,931 votes in Scott County and 6,284 votes district-wide. Republican Joe Van Wye received 2,075 votes in Scott County, and a total of 6,436 district-wide.

A note of interest: Third party candidates can still be added to the statewide ballot for the November 1 General Election. They have until June 30 to qualify and register. Write-in candidates can be added as late as July 5.




November political races created by results of May 3 Primary; 32% turnout reported PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 11:55



As noisy as national and state races were in Indiana on May 3, local contests proved fairly quiet in Scott County.

More Scott Countians came to the polls or voted absentee in this primary. Machine-generated counts reported a total of 6,298 people cast ballots on May 3, advised County Clerk Missy Applegate. People were attracted to the primary because of those national and statewide races, particularly the Presidential races in both the Democrat and Republican parties.

An unofficial comparison of the 2012 primary election versus its 2016 cousin showed that 21% or 3,995 people voted then compared with 6,298 or 32% on Tuesday. Scott County now has a total of 19,704 registered voters on its polling list. There were 19,057 in 2012.

Official vote turnout reports will be issued by the Indiana Secretary of State's office after county clerks submit their reports. Those are due to the state by May 17.

The Democrats had several races for local offices that proved interesting and probably encouraged more folks to register and then exercise their right to vote.

One of those was the contest between current Prosecuting Attorney Jason Mount and local attorney Joseph Payne. Mount beat Payne by a margin of 548 votes, 1,880 to 1,332 or 59% to 41%. Their supporters crowded into the courthouse after polls closed on Tuesday night. Payne dominated in Austin, where his office is located, taking all Jennings precincts there. Mount claimed the rest of the county, thus giving him the victory.

“We're happy with the way the contest went. We're also really tired,” Mount stated later, his wife Shannon at his side.

District 2 County Commissioner Larry Blevins got by challenger Mike Nichols, a Scottsburg police detective, 55 to 45%. Blevins received 1,670 votes to Nichols' 1,363 vote total.

In the crowded field of six candidates for three County Council At-Large seats on the Democrat ballot, incumbents Iva Gasaway and Mike Zollman led the race. Gasaway got the most votes, earning 1,576, while Zollman received 1,407. Winner of the third open seat was former councilman Robert Peacock. But it was tight! Peacock got 1,289 votes. Jim Boswell had a total of 1,282, and former councilman Donnie Richie had 1,263.

Democrat Party Chairman Chuck Sebastian received 1,016 votes in the crowded race.

In the county treasurer's race, incumbent Sheryl Jent was bidding for a chance to win a second four-year term. She got it, beating challenger James “Jimmy” Morgan 1,732 to 1,463 or 54 to 46%.

In the race, Jent carried Johnson, Vienna 2, all five of the Jennings precincts with hefty totals and Lexington 3.

All other Democrat candidates were not opposed in the primary. Marsha Owens Howser, the sitting Superior Court judge, received 2,647 votes. County Clerk Missy Applegate got 2,731 votes. Annalee Harrison-Turley, the County Recorder, had a vote total of 2,701; County Coroner Jerry Buchanan had 2,780; and District 1 County Commissioner Robert Tobias received 2,452 votes.

On the Republican ballot, voters determined that they liked Republican Party Chairman Chris Albertson serving as a County Councilman. Albertson was defeated by Mike Jones by vote counts of 1,409 to 1,180 in the District 2 Commissioner race. That means Jones will now face Commissioner Blevins on November 1.

Lynn Robinson received 2,102 votes in the uncontested Republican slot of District 1 Commissioner. He will now have Commissioner Tobias as his November opponent.

Three people received the nomination for County Council At-Large nominees this fall. Larry Haven led the trio in votes, getting 1,446. David West received 1,336 and Diane Eads Mullins had 1,330. They will compete against the three Democrat nominees in November.

Mark Gardner was the only other local Republican to file for an office. He was unopposed in the primary for the office of county surveyor and got 2,224 votes.

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