Retired Scottsburg businessman, former councilman Ray Zollman dies at 86 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:01

 

He knew lots of people.

Ray Zollman, 86, Scottsburg, was a retired businessman and city councilman who never met a stranger, just someone he didn’t know. Yet.

Ray died on Thursday, July 13, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky., after a brief illness.

Born in Scottsburg in 1930 to the late Hayden Zollman Sr. and Ruth Fitch Zollman-Ross, Ray and his late identical twin brother Roy weren’t averse to taking each other’s place when needed. They developed the art of switching places in school. The practice continued when they began working, and both went to work as young teens. One brother might work three days of the week and the other two; then, the next week, they’d switch.

The days where one was not working were spent working for someone else. That worked fine until one brother made a farmer for whom the other brother had mowed the day before mighty suspicious when he couldn’t recall where “he” had left the mower.

The Zollman twins had the odd job market cornered, so to speak, in the small town which was Scottsburg. They even dated the same gal at the same time, though neither knew it at the time!

Ray married his sweetheart Shirley M. Walters in 1951, and the couple had two sons, Danny and Rick. Ray managed the old Western Auto Store that was located on the northwest corner of Wardell and South Main Streets. He then owned and operated the old Gambles store. It had been along West McClain Avenue west of Collins Funeral Home.

After he closed the Gambles store, Ray worked for Gibson Heating and Air Conditioning Company along U.S. Highway 31 North before finally retiring and enjoying a less demanding lifestyle with Shirley.

Through the years, Ray also became interested in working for his hometown. He served for years as a Democrat Party precinct committeeman for Vienna 4 as well as eight years as a member of the City Council. After he was defeated in a spring primary, he continued serving his community as a member of the Scottsburg Board of Works and Public Safety. It was only in recent months, as his health began to decline, that he failed to attend these business meetings on a regular basis.

The absence of this kind man who was dedicated to his home town was noted by his colleagues. Regardless of politics, everyone liked Ray, and he certainly enjoyed talking to all who came to the meetings.

Ray outlived Shirley by nearly two years, and his parents, Roy and a third brother, Hayden Jr., died some years ago. He is survived by his sons and their spouses as well as his two sisters, three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

A simple graveside service was conducted at Scottsburg Cemetery on Monday morning, July 17. Phil LaMaster officiated. Staff of the Collins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the funeral home to benefit the Scottsburg city parks through the Scott County Community Foundation.

On-line condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

 

 
Professed homeless man found in park with syringe, wanted woman arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:58

 

 

A man who told Scottsburg police he was homeless and a woman wanted on a warrant were picked up by officers recently.

Wendell L. Wolfe, 58, whose last address was on North Terry Road, Scottsburg, and Lenora Ann Barger, 62, are both incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center in lieu of bond. Each had an initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, July 13, on drug-related charges.

In Wolfe’s case, Lt./Detective Mike Nichols of the Scottsburg Police Department was dispatched to a shelter house on the north side of Lake Iola on July 11 to investigate a man said to be sleeping on the floor.

Parks Supervisor Jerry Asher and assistant Tommy Johnson were talking to the man, identified as Wolfe, when Det. Nichols arrived.

Wolfe told them that he had been awakened by some friends before any of them had arrived. A large quantity of candy in his possession had come from the local fair parade the previous Sunday, he said. He also reportedly said a capped syringe in his possession was his friend’s.

He was taken into custody. As he was being booked into the jail, four different types of medications were found in his possession. Only two, a medicine for diabetics and a generic form of Adderall, had been prescribed to Wolfe in previous months.

Wolfe has been charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe. Bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash, and a jury trial date of October 24 was scheduled.

In the case of Barger, the senior citizen was wanted on an arrest warrant on a petition to revoke her suspended sentence from a February criminal case. The action was filed in June when it was determined Barger had failed to pay $883 in fees and may have been guilty of other violations of the conditions of her suspended sentence of 347 days.

When Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt was patrolling on July 12, he said he spotted Barger with a male companion walking near U.S. Highway 31 North and Owen Street at nearly 3 a.m.

He stopped as did the couple. Confirming Barger was wanted on warrant, he placed her under arrest with assistance from Ptl. Greg Green. At some point, Ptl. Green noticed Barger passing items to her male friend. The items were confiscated. They included .8 grams of crystal methamphetamine (meth). In the woman’s purse, Ptl. Hurt said he found cut straws and three glass pipes coated with residue as well as a prescription bottle that was unlabeled. Two types of legend, or prescription, drugs and a Schedule 4 controlled substance were located inside the bottle, the officer stated in his probable cause affidavit.

Barger is charged with three Level 6 felonies, one of possession of meth and two of possession of a legend drug. Possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, are also filed against her.

The Prosecutor’s Office also filed a petition for detainer, causing her to be held for 15 days without bail. Thereafter, bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash.

At her initial hearing, a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for her and she was provided with the services of a public defender. Her pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 5.

A hearing on the State’s petition to revoke her suspended sentence was also held on July 13. with a fact-finding conference to follow on October 24.

In other court news, two young men were taken into custody on Saturday, July 15, when they were stopped by Deputy Jac Sanders at the T intersection of State Road 356 and Slate Ford Road.

Sean A. Bowers, 22, Scottsburg, and Nathan R. Lucas, 22, Lexington, are both charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Their initial hearings were scheduled Thursday, July 20, after both filed cash bonds of $500 and were released on Tuesday, July 18.

 

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October trial date set for suspect in July 13 shooting on Scottsburg street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:56

 

 

A vocal argument between an Austin man and a juvenile on Thursday, July 13, on Green Street in Scottsburg, escalated into a gun reportedly being fired at the youth and a man who came in response to the boy’s call for help.

Harvey A. Swiger, 50, has been charged in connection with the incident. Those include Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a gun by a serious violent felon, Level 5 felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and two Level 6 felonies, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm. Because of his alleged resistance to officers attempting to handcuff him, he is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

Swiger’s past record of felony convictions also led the Prosecutor’s Office to file a Habitual Felon count against the defendant. If he is found to be a Habitual Felon, additional years can be added to his sentence for any felony conviction in the current case.

According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Scottsburg Detective Steven Herald, Herald was dispatched to Green Street because of an alleged shooting. There, he met Patrolmen Greg Green and Travis Rutherford and Deputy Joshua Watterson.

A male adult and the juvenile told Det. Herald that Swiger had just shot at them with a handgun. In a later interview, the boy explained to Ptl. Green that he had been walking home from a friend’s home when Swiger called him names and told him to keep off the grass. The boy admitted “…talking back…” to Swiger, and Swiger allegedly put his hand behind his back “…as if he had a weapon.”

The boy called his mother, and the adult male soon showed up and began arguing with Swiger. The juvenile told the officer that Swiger said he “…didn’t care…” that the boy “…was just a kid…” and purportedly told them that “…he would ‘drop’ them both.”

Swiger reportedly pulled the handgun from the small of his back and pointed it at the man and then the youth. The boy said Swiger fired a shot in his direction, and he said he saw the muzzle flash and dust and gravel fly up when the bullet struck the ground. The boy and adult male ran from the scene. Several neighbors were interviewed, and two said they heard a gunshot.

A spent .380 caliber shell casing was retrieved from the scene, the officer reported.

Officers arrested Swiger at 10 West Green Street. During his arrest, Swiger allegedly jerked his arm away and briefly struggled with officers. A search of the residence resulted in officers finding a box of ammunition for the gun, the affidavit said.

Swiger is well known to police officers in Scott County. He was convicted of first degree robbery in 1998 in Trimble County, Ky., in the death of Richard Malvern Plessinger of Madison and so is considered a serious violent felon under Indiana law.

In Scott County, Swiger has been convicted of maintaining a common nuisance in 2005; auto theft as a Class D felony in 2006; and battery with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony, and Class D felony escape, both in 2009. In the 2009 case, two Scott County deputies were injured during a chase of Swiger. Their injuries resulted in both retiring early from the Sheriff’s Department.

During Swiger’s initial hearing on Monday afternoon, July 17, an initial plea of not guilty was entered for him, and a trial date of October 17 was scheduled. The case was handed over to a public defender.

Additionally, Maria Granger, judge in Floyd County, has been appointed to preside in the case. Judge Jason Mount recused himself because he has prosecuted Swiger in the past as county prosecutor. A no contact order to protect the youth and man was also served on Swiger at the county jail.

Bail has been set at $100,000 by cash only.

 

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District 2 Discusses Personnel and Policies at Recent Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:45

 

 

The Scott County School District 2 Board of Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 26, with Superintendent Dr. Marc Slaton announced that recent SHS graduate, Paige Barrett, won the I Am Sport Award presented by Nike at the Courier-Journal l Sports Awards Program presented by Norton Sports Health. The award honors an athlete who is active in getting other kids involved in athletics. Paige is a four-year varsity basketball standout who has involved others by volunteering to referee elementary basketball games, served as a mentor at basketball camps, and is a member of a club that visits schools to encourage physical fitness. He stated that it would be difficult to list all of Paige’s accomplishments, but congratulated her on a stellar academic and athletic career and wished her the very best as she begins studying and playing basketball at Murray State. He noted that she is also the daughter of Vienna-Finley principal, Tiffany Barrett and her husband Tony.

Board member Jason Kendall asked if there were any items that needed to be removed from the consent agenda. Ron Moore questioned how it would work to have Angela Richey away from the high school at the beginning of August and Dr. Slaton stated that the high school has someone to fill in for her while she is away. He explained the duties that Mrs. Richey will be helping with in the Business Office. There was some discussion as to how both Mrs. Mosier and Mrs. Richey would be paid and it was the consensus of the Board that both would receive one dollar more per hour to compensate for the extra work.

Board member Christy Roberts stated that it appeared there were some coaches following their students, which was discouraged unless there were no other options. Dr. Slaton will check with Mr. Lowry but did not believe there were others interested in some of those positions. Mrs. Roberts also questioned whether there would be B teams offered for all grade levels. Dr. Slaton said all would be posted, but in some instances there was not enough student participation to warrant having a B team.

Dr. Slaton asked if the Board wanted to add the recommendation for the new baseball coach to the agenda. Mrs. Roberts questioned how the committee was chosen to select the coach, adding that typically there was a Board member and Booster club member on the committee. Mr. Kendall explained that the only sports that had been done for in the past was boys’ and girls’ basketball and football due to those being considered “major” sports.

Board member Andrea Soloe made a motion to add the recommendation for the baseball coach to the agenda. Mr. Mays seconded and motion carried 5-0. Mr. Mays made a motion to approve the agenda with the modification. Mrs. Soloe seconded and motion carried 5-0.

The board was then presented the financial considerations which included approving the following items: Expenditure Summary , Payroll Claims 6/15/17; Regular Claims for 6/26/2017 and 06/07/2017- 6/20/2017

Permission to Prewrite Claims (permission given via email).

The board was presented the monthly financial report for May 31, along with the Textbook Reimbursement Rates.

The board was also presented the following declaration of suprlus of the Vienna-Finley Elementary School piano. The Board also agreed to purchase/renew the following items:

Discovery Education $16,150

Dunlap & Company, Inc. Pay App #1 - SHS HVAC $693,028.80

Five-Star Technology $30,850

SHS Remediation- $37,000 + $1,000 for the follow up testing

Wilson Education Center Membership Renewal- $10,172.60

The board was then presented the the following personnel recommendations:

Resignation(s)

Scott McDill - VFES 5.75 Hour Special Programs Aide

BrandonTormoehlen - SHS Math Teacher & Varsity Baseball Coach

Certified Recommendation(s)

Goni Luttrell - Kindergarten Jumpstart Teacher

Caitlin Hargett - SHS New Tech Special Education Teacher

Thomas Przybyla - SHS Special Education ED Teacher

Daymond Reynolds - SES Special Education Teacher

Kelsie McGee - Elementary Counselor

Jim Beckman- SHS Science Teacher

Non-Certified Recommendations

Angie Richey- Business Office Summer Sub (note: pay raised by $1)

ECA Recommendation(s)

Allison Rademacher - LES Robotics Coach

Shannon Wright - SES Robotics Coach

Rhonda Smith - SHS Asst. Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach

Jeanne Taylor - SHS Girls’ 9th Grade Coach

Scott Pool - SMS 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Coach

Monty Stutsman - SMS 7th Grade Girls’ Basketball Coach

Angela Bray - SMS Girls’ 6th Grade Basketball Coach

Ingrid Royalty - SMS 9th Grade B Team Basketball Coach

Ricky Bray - SMS 6th Grade Girls’ B Team Basketball Coach

Todd Tutterow & Duane Hildebrand - SHS Summer Baseball

Todd Tutterow & Duane Hildebrand - SMS Summer Baseball

Darren Patton- Color Guard Volunteer

Brianna Bye- Color Guard Volunteer

Brian Wichman - SHS Varsity Baseball Coach

Professional Leave Request(s)

Caroline VanGosen - FFA LDW Camp, Trafalgar, IN, Sept. 8-10

Caroline VanGosen - FFA SOAR Camp, Trafalgar, IN, Oct. 6-8

Caroline VanGosen - FFA National Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 24-27

Ken McMichael - FFA National Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 27

Caroline VanGosen - FFA F.I.R.E., Trafalgar, IN, Nov. 17-19

Caroline VanGosen & Ken McMichael - UK Field Day, Lexington, KY, Apr. 18-19

Medical Leave Request

Rosa Putoff- 6 Week Leave of Absence

Field Trip Request(s)

SMS/SHS FFA - FFA LDW Camp, Trafalgar, IN, Sept. 8-10

SMS/SHS FFA - FFA SOAR Camp, Trafalgar, IN, Oct. 6-8

SMS/SHS FFA - FFA National Convention, Indianapolis, IN, Oct. 24-27

SHS/SMS FFA - FFA F.I.R.E. Camp, Trafalgar, IN, Nov. 17-19

SMS/SHS FFA - UK Field Day, Lexington, KY, Apr. 18-19

Permission to Post

VFES 5.75 Hour Special Programs Aide

SHS Attendance Clerk/Front Office Sub.

Mrs. Roberts made a motion to approve all items on the Consent Agenda. Mr. Mays seconded and motion carried 5-0.

In other matters, the board approved the following financial considerations:

SMS Patron Area Furniture

Educational Furniture

Lee Company

JW Associates

Educational Furniture

SMS Back Office Furniture

Educational Furniture

Lee Company

Educational Furniture

JW Associates

Andrea Soloe made a motion to accept all quotes. Mr. Mays seconded and motion carried 5-0. There was discussion about whether bond money should be used or whether this furniture should be paid for with SMS CPF funds. The consensus of the Board was that the bond money should be used for big ticket items that benefit the most students and since this furniture is not a necessity, it should be paid through CPF. Andrea Soloe made a motion to allow SMS Kristin Nass to purchase the furniture out of CPF if she chooses. Josh Mays seconded and motion carried 4-1 with Mrs. Roberts casting the no vote.

Dr. Marc Slaton and Mr. Bob Riley recommended approval of the revised pricing for the lighting needs at SHS as part of the ceiling replacement part of the HVAC project with the total for labor and materials being $75,311.50. Dr. Slaton explained that the only other option would be to purchase the lighting at the same basic price as what they are charging and then have the Maintenance Department to install. Counting the contingency, there is $103,000 left in the HVAC bond, so this will take almost three fourths of the remaining amount. After some discussion Mrs. Roberts made a motion to approve, seconded by Mr. Mays. Motion carried 5-0.

Dr. Slaton stated that the SMS Apple Tvs, Projectors and Office Area TV/Monitor are all part of the SMS Bond Issue, line number 57 titled SMS Miscellaneous Tech. Mrs. Soloe made a motion to approve these items to be purchased out of the SMS CPF money rather than the bond money. Mr. Mays seconded and motion carried 5-0.

Christy Roberts made a motion to approve the second reading of the Elementary Class List Teacher Request Letter policy. Mr. Moore seconded and motion carried 5-0.

The board was presented the policies on the Personal Background Checks and Mandatory Reporting of Convictions and Arrests. Dr. Marc Slaton provided the existing policies regarding Board and Staff Communications as requested by the Board for possible revision. He also provided the Background Check policies that require a fingerprint noting that the Business Office has found a Criminal Background Check program that provides more thorough information than our existing fingerprint method for half the cost. He noted that a fingerprint is not required by law but a Federal Background Check is required. This company meets the criteria as set forth in the law and is a better overall option as it checks across numerous databases for criminal activity or convictions. He recommended striking the “fingerprint” requirement from these policies in order to move forward with the new company. After Board input, it was determined that Dr. Slaton will make suggested changes and bring the revised policy to the Board for a first reading. Regarding the policy on Board and Staff Communications, Dr. Slaton asked for direction from the Board as to possible revisions. Ron Moore stated that he did not think it was plausible for everyone to have to go to the superintendent adding that if their problem is with the superintendent or a principal they might not feel comfortable. He said that he did not have a problem with people coming to him. He said that he understood why school employees might not want the Board to be involved because they don’t want to be criticized.

Christy Roberts felt there was a proper channel in place to use but disagreed with the section about unethical conduct.

Jason Kendall agreed that we do need a chain of communication but added that what is best for education should be an open door policy. He feels staff should be encouraged to follow appropriate channels of communication with the understanding that if they are not comfortable with that, they should be able to go to the next person without that being held over their head. Dr. Slaton will work on a draft to try to capture the essence of the Board’s wishes and bring it back to the Board. He added that whatever is decided would also need to go through Discussion.

Dr. Marc Slaton provided a draft of an amended 2017-18 school calendar to include 6 delayed start days to use for District professional development (three for data analysis and three to start the process of vertical articulation of the curriculum across grades and subjects). There was discussion about changing some of the delayed starts to early dismissals in order to avoid students missing out on the same classes repeatedly. Dr. Slaton will bring an updated calendar to the Board.

Dr. Slaton asked permission to apply for a 2018 safety grant for up to $50,000 with a district match for a grand total of $100,000 dollars. Allowable expenses are to:

Employ a school resource officer (salary, benefits and basic 40 hour training course); Conduct a threat assessment; or Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders.

The intent would be to use the funds for purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or to expedite the notification of first responders. He noted that if the grant is received specific details about the use would

require Board approval. Mr. Mays made a motion to approve, seconded by Mrs. Roberts. Motion carried 5-0.

 

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Traffic stop by deputy for broken tail light results in pair’s drug arrests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:45

Two people were arrested by Deputy John Hartman on Monday, July 3, following a traffic stop the officer made because of faulty lights on their vehicle.

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