Free Thanksgiving meal offered by Jennings Township firemen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:43


A free meal on Thanksgiving, November 23, is promised to any person in the community who would like to eat with the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department in downtown Austin.

Serving hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meal will feature turkey and all the fixings and will be prepared by the firemen and their wives. Everyone is welcome to come and eat at the firehouse, located at the corner of North Second and West Main (State Road 256) Streets.

Donations toward the meal are now being accepted by organizers. Persons who would like to volunteer to help fix or serve the meal are encouraged to call Joe Smith at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Greg Hammons at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Those who need more information can call Hammons or Erika Smith at 812-820-3538.

Enjoy downtown Scottsburg’s Courtyard Christmas and lighted parade November 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:42


Every child should know by now that, right after Thanksgiving is celebrated in Scottsburg, they can expect to enjoy the annual visit by a beloved couple from the North Pole.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are coming to Scottsburg on Saturday, November 25, in the city’s lighted parade, and everyone, young and old, has a special invitation to come downtown to see them.

The annual celebration offers all families a chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the decorated Santa's Castle on the northeast side of the Courthouse right after the parade concludes.

Parade entries will line up in the parking lot behind Scottsburg Elementary School starting at 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and wind around the downtown square from McClain Avenue (State Road 56). Mayor Bill Graham will be featured in the parade, and he’ll step out of his float to help with the annual lighting ceremony at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

Trophies will be awarded for the best entries from fire departments, businesses, church/civic groups and cars. A trophy for the entry selected Best Overall will also be presented.

Several downtown businesses are planning evening hours that Saturday, inviting visitors in for Christmas treats, too. Christmas music will be offered, lots of holiday lights can be admired, and free horse-and-carriage rides are scheduled. Line up on the sidewalk on the southeast side of the Courthouse for the rides.

More information on the parade and Courtyard Christmas may be obtained by calling the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169.

Call that number as well to contribute money toward Courtyard Christmas efforts. Volunteers are always needed, too.

Man’s erratic calls for help bring police and result in free trip to jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:40



Eric Napier isn’t calling for help any longer, but the circumstances around the strange incident on November 1 have yet to be explained well by one of the newest inmates at the Scott County Security Center.

A resident in the same apartment building where Napier was living called 9-1-1 and said she’d been hearing what sounded like a man call for help off and on for about two hours.

Scottsburg Police Chief Scott Zellers, Sgt. Brian Hall and Patrolman Travis Rutherford responded to the call, traveling to North Pine Street to locate the mysterious man.

Napier, 30, answered the door. According to what Sgt. Hall said he observed, the man was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Napier told the officers that he had been asleep and he didn’t remember yelling for help. He said he was living with the woman who rented the apartment.

A managerial representative of the apartment complex allowed the officers into the apartment and gave them permission to search. The policemen said they saw pills and an uncapped syringe and that they found two baggies. One had methamphetamine in it, the other heroin, the report stated.

Napier was arrested and taken to the local jail.

He appeared for an initial court hearing on Friday, November 3. There, Napier learned he was charged with three Level 6 felonies, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug. The case was assigned to a public defender.

Bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Napier’s jury trial is scheduled February 5.

Robotics competition will bring large crowd to Scottsburg on Nov. 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:39



The first student VEX-IQ Robotics team competition of the 2017-2018 season will take place at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scottsburg on Saturday, Nov. 11. Approximately 700 people are expected to attend this regional event. Local restaurants and retailers are asked to plan accordingly.

VEX – IQ Robotics is a worldwide recognized robotic program designed to offer young people an introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Thirty teams from schools around Southern Indiana will be competing in the robotics event on Nov. 11 in Scottsburg. Austin, Crothersville and Scottsburg schools currently have 15 teams in place with MASPark and VEX Robotics for their students to participate. All local school teams will be participating in the event.

The VEX – IQ event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until about 4:30 p.m. Parents and students who are competing should plan to be at the Mid-America Science Park by 7:30 a.m. The Mid-America Science Park is located at 821 South Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Students compete in teams of four to 10. Part of the contest requires the teams to compete against each other; however, some of the competition compels the two teams to work together as an alliance to score points.

While robotics is a fun activity for students and their families, the students learn important educational and training skills that prepare them for tomorrow’s manufacturing jobs where they must be able to program and operate robotic equipment. This student experience, in partnership with local schools, provides an excellent educational advantage to local students as they continue their future education or compete for high-paying jobs in today’s manufacturing workplace.

If your child is interested in participating in VEX Robotics, please contact your school’s counselor. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the VEX Robotics program, please contact Ray Niehaus, director of innovation and technology at MASPark, by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 812-752-9521 x1239.

The VEX Robotics World Championship is held every April in Louisville, Ky. Nearly 50 countries participated in 2016.




A good time for a good cause: Kids First Auction begins November 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:37


Bright and early on Saturday, November 18, a lot of people will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on U.S. Highway 31 North in Scottsburg waiting for their cue at 9 a.m.

That’s when the 2017 Kids First Auction will take to the air on Spectrum Cable TV Community Channel 184 and on on the internet. Viewers will also be able to follow the auction action on Facebook. Better yet, the public is welcome to visit the hall and watch the auction live while enjoying great food and bidding up a storm.

Kids First is a non-profit organization that, over the years, has helped dozens of children and their families with medical and other expenses. The Kids First board of directors votes on requests for financial help, using the dollars raised each year through the auction.

And what an auction it will be! Volunteers have worked diligently to create lots of from ten to 12 items, all of which have been donated to Kids First for that pot of money that helps lots of families throughout the year. These lots will be spotlighted, and bids will be accepted for about 15 minutes; then, the next lot gets TV time. There are also big ticket items that folks will be able to bid on for extended periods of time.

Some really great toys that will look nice under someone’s Christmas tree are featured in the Kids First event this year. Sporting equipment and apparel plus kitchen appliances, great handmade bird houses and feeders, jewelry, tools, theme baskets, seasonal decorations, sport memorabilia and a lot more are waiting to go under the hammer. Volunteers will man phone banks during the auction so each bid is recorded.

If a submitted bid is successful, the winner’s name will be announced. That winner must come to the auction site to claim the item and can do so on November 18 or on Sunday, November 19. Unclaimed items will be auctioned off at the clean-up event set for the Knights of Columbus Hall at 6 p.m. on Monday night, November 20. Everyone is welcome to come that evening and see what bargains they can get.

Millard the Bear will be auctioned once again. Named in memory of the late Millard Moore, a City of Scottsburg employee and staunch supporter of Kids First, the giant stuffed bear symbolizes the generous spirit that people of Scott County have for good causes like Kids First. The big bear has raised lots of dollars over the years. It can be seen on display at Scottsburg City Hall.

Volunteers are always welcome to help during the organized chaos that is Kids First. Call 812-752-5854 to learn what needs to be done. Call that number if you’d like to make a cash donation to Kids First or want to bring merchandise to add to the auction.

A preview show will be aired starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 17, so folks can see many of the items that will go on the auction block.

If past years are any indication, the auction will finally shut down in the early morning hours on Sunday.

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