Retired educator Lois Nolan dies; taught for both local school districts PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:14



A kind person who encouraged hundreds of children during her teaching career, Lois Nolan, 72, Scottsburg, died on Monday, June 12, at a hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Lois was one of those people who never knew a stranger. If she could help a child or adult struggling to comprehend, she’d go that extra mile with a willing student and do it in a way that made the individual happy to be involved and learning.

She was born in Corbin, Ky., and was a 1967 graduate of Cumberland College in Williamsburg. She received her master’s in education from Indiana University in 1975.

Lois taught for both local school systems, but she may be best known for her work with GED students, those trying to earn their high school equivalency degrees. She was also an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, Strayer College and the former Henryville Correctional Facility. She was patient and dedicated, a true teacher in every sense of the word.

With her husband Charles, Lois owned and operated the old Loaves and Fishes Christian Bookstore in Scottsburg as well as Nolans’ Educational Consulting Services. They became more active in those businesses when they retired from their education-based jobs.

Believing that education is one of the best tools people can obtain to become successful, the couple established a scholarship fund with the Scott County Community Foundation to help students.

After Charles died in 2008, Lois remained active, attending and participating in activities at Scottsburg First Christian Church, the General Charles Scott Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Scott County Genealogical Society.

Her survivors include son Joel and daughter Bethany, her husband Ethan and three grandchildren.

A DAR memorial service was performed during visitation on Friday evening, June 16, at the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg.

Her funeral service was conducted on Saturday morning, June 17, at Scottsburg First Christian Church. Bro. John Lowry officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the funeral home to benefit the Charles G. Nolan and Lois D. Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Austin’s free fireworks show slated Friday, June 30, on AHS/AMS grounds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:11



Don't forget to attend the annual Austin fireworks celebration on Friday night, June 30, on the grounds of Austin High School/Middle School.

The event is traditionally held on the Friday evening before July 4, giving families and friends a chance to celebrate the Independence Day a little early.

Several generous donors help make this event possible each year. Booths will be set up by selected, non-profit groups and school-related organizations. Food booths will be operated by the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department, Austin Lions Club and the Beta Sigma Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.. All booths will be open by 6 p.m. on the east side of the school building.

Vendors interested in booth space must contact the Mayor’s Office prior to June 30 by calling 812-794-6646.

Free entertainment will fill the hours prior to the fireworks display. The musical lineup is being planned by Ray Bowling and will include the groups Redemption’s Cross, Hewitt & Fink, the Clint Robertson Band and On the House. The free entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks show comfortably.

Parking will be available on the west side of the schools and nearby on the south side of Rigel Gym and at Austin Elementary School. Limited parking will be open on the east side of the schools.

For more information about the celebration, call the Mayor's office at 812-794-6646.




Edna Zook provided great care for legions of youngsters and baked world’s best treats PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:09


Whenever anyone visited Edna Zook’s neat-as-a-pin home on Austin’s far north side, it was assured that the individual would go away with a smile on his lips and a warm “Zookie Cookie” in his stomach.

Edna was by far one of the best bakers around and definitely one of the most prolific. She was also one of the nicest persons that walked this earth. Now, she walks in heaven at the side of her beloved husband, Jesse.

Edna died at age 92 on Wednesday, June 14, after a lifetime of making people happy. She was always smiling. No wonder! People enjoyed seeing her and lined up to get her baked cookies, those marvelous iced “Zookie Cookies,” as well as her homemade moon pies and delicious rolls and cakes. Her contributions to the cake walk held during the annual Austin Elementary School fall festival were always snatched happily away by the lucky winners.

This “Cookie Lady” truly had no competitor when it came to her buttermilk cookies. Her secret ingredient? Lard! She also taught several how to decorate a cake for a special occasion. She certainly had enough practice at it; Edna supplied cakes for birthday parties, graduations, and other celebrations on a regular basis.

She was originally from Belleville, Pa., and so was her husband Jesse, whom she married in 1950. The couple came to Austin in 1952 to pastor the Austin Mennonite Church next to their modest home. Jesse served there until he died in May, 1970.

Not only did Edna bake wonderful treats to supplement her income, she babysat scores of children over the years. This service began years before state regulations came into effect, but if any such inspector had ever wandered into the Zook home, he or she would have found children playing together peacefully in a tidy, brightly-lit house while Mrs. Zook stirred her ingredients and baked. The Zook house always emitted the most wonderful smells and always looked attractive because of the many flowers Edna tended each summer.

Though she did eventually retire from baby-sitting, Edna never really retired from baking. Her creations were addictive and made too many people happy!

Edna believed in serving others. For years, she traveled to Clayhole, Ky., and cooked at a summer camp in that eastern Kentucky community. She was a member of the Madison Mennonite Church and was active at Living Water Mennonite Church in Lexington.

She will always be remembered fondly by those who knew her.

Her son James and daughters Sara and Anna and husband Ralph will greet visitors at calling from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at Austin Christian Church. The funeral is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the church, with calling again offered starting at 9 a.m. until the service. Staff of the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery northeast of Austin.

Memorial gifts will benefit Bethel Camp in Clayhole, Ky. Donations may be made on-line at or mailed to Bethel Camp, 2773 Bethel Church Road, Clayhole, KY 41317.

Four arrested on drug charges when van stopped; deadly heroin seized PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:07



A combination of potentially deadly heroin laced with Fentanyl was allegedly found in the possession of one of four people arrested by Austin Patrolman John T. Smith late Wednesday afternoon, June 14.

Ptl. Smith stated in a probable cause affidavit that he stopped a maroon Dodge mini-van with an improperly displayed license plate at the corner of Church Street and Gary Avenue around 5:15 p.m.

He noted that he observed the four occupants of the vehicle to be “…leaning, reaching in multiple directions as if hiding or moving items…” when he initially activated his emergency lights.

The officer first talked with the van driver, Robert William Couch, 33, Austin. He said Couch told him that his driver license was suspended and that he and his girlfriend, identified as passenger Melissa Ann Tackett, 26, Canaan, had just bought the van.

Austin Detective Don Campbell arrived on scene to assist Pt. White. Det. Campbell began talking to the other occupants, Tackett and friends Iris E. Bannister, 24, and Benjamin David McIntosh, 30, both of Crothersville.

When told McIntosh had a handgun, Ptl. White advised Det. Campbell of the situation and the two women were ordered out of the van and to lie on the ground. McIntosh was led out of the van after he placed his hands on his head as instructed.

As McIntosh was exiting the van, Ptl. White said he saw a loaded syringe lying next to the front passenger seat where Tackett had been sitting. Its contents tested positively for the narcotic drug codeine, the officer stated.

As the patrolman began searching the van, he said he found a small bag hidden under the driver’s seat. It contained multiple syringes and a spoon “…with white lumps on it…” as well as a used cotton filter and a pocket knife. A Smith and Wesson Iberia 40 handgun was allegedly found in McIntosh’s backpack.

Tackett denied possession of the loaded syringe as did her friends. No one claimed ownership of the small bag either. The “lumps” tested positively for narcotics as well, the affidavit said.

All were placed in custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center. As McIntosh was being processed, a jailer at the facility stated he found 8.28 grams of what McIntosh told him was heroin “…that may contain some Fentanyl…” Fentanyl is an opiate by which heroin users have been known to die after ingesting. It is commonly used as an anesthetic for surgical patients.

McIntosh has been charged with Level 4 felony possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and misdemeanors of carrying a handgun without a license and visiting a common nuisance.

Couch and Tackett were charged with Level 6 possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. Bannister was also charged with possession of a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

All were in Scott Circuit Court on Friday, June 16 for initial hearings. An initial jury trial date of September 11 was assigned to each of the cases. Bail for Bannister and Tackett was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. For Couch, bail was set at $25,000 by surety bond or $2,500 in cash; McIntosh’s bail is $50,000 by surety bond or $5,000 cash.

Petitions for detainer were filed against both men by the Prosecutor’s Office. Both had been placed on parole from earlier cases in October, 2016. The detainers allow the State to hold the men for 15 days without bond.



T-shirt tussle, a ‘dashing’ suspect and true love gone wrong keep police busy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:05


Three odd, isolated incidents since June 8 led to several arrests and a bit of head scratching by observers pondering the weaknesses of the human race.

Just after 1 a.m. on June 8, Scottsburg police were called to the downtown area about a fight between two subjects.

Patrolmen Shawn Hurt and Troy Ford responded, driving to the site on the west side of the square. There, they found the combatants, identified as Shadow L. Parmley, 24, and Grant L. Menzies, 39, a visitor from Nagadoches, Tx., and the two men’s girlfriends.

Parmley said he had no idea what started the melee. One of the women, Victoria C. Bartholomew, 22, Lexington, said she was Menzies’ girlfriend. She said Parmley walked over to Menzies and made a comment about Menzies’ t-shirt. She said she started arguing with Parmley and then Parmley hit her. In his defense, Parmley gave a statement saying he “…pushed her back…” two or three times.

Getting a statement from Parmley’s girlfriend compounded the situation. The woman said she had come to the square to get Parmley. When she pulled up, Menzies had Parmley on the ground and was hitting him, she advised. The woman added that Bartholomew was kicking Parmley.

Additionally, Bartholomew told the officers that Parmley had taken her purse. Parmley had no purse in his possession nor was one found in the area, officers confirmed.

Long story short, Parmley, Menzies and Bartholomew were placed in custody and taken the brief distance to the Scott County Security Center, where they cooled their heels overnight.

All of them were in Circuit Court on June 9 before Judge Jason Mount. Mount allowed Menzies and Bartholomew to enter into pre-trial diversion agreements. If they can stay out of trouble, their charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct will be dropped on June 11, 2018.

Parmley also had misdemeanor charges, two of battery and one of disorderly conduct. His bond was reduced from $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash to $500 cash, and he was given a bench trial date of August 8. Parmley was released that same day on cash bail.

All of the defendants were ordered to stay away from the downtown area. Menzies and Bartholomew were ordered to stay away from Parmley; Parmley was directed to stay away from the couple.

Menzies reportedly told several people he was headed back to Texas.

Sgt. Brian Hall got a challenge on Saturday, June 10, that proved he is in pretty good physical shape.

Around 3:30 p.m., he and Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to one of the motels on the west side of the interstate because a man for whom officers had been looking had just arrived there.

The suspect identified himself to Ptl. Rutherford as a James Bowman, but he said he did not have identification with him. When Sgt. Hall patted down the subject, he said he found the man’s driver license, which identified him as the wanted subject, Evan James Joel Hensley, 29, Anderson.

When Sgt. Hall started asking Hensley why he said he didn’t have identification, Hensley apparently responded by running away.

Hensley, with Hall on his heels, fled west from the Quality Inn through the Hampton Inn property and parking lots at Roadhouse USA and Pizza Hut. Hensley then crossed State Road 56, notably during one of the busiest times of the day. Hall stayed with him.

When they reached the Arby’s property on the north side, Sgt. Hall told the suspect that he was going to use his electric stun gun on him if he did not stop. Hensley apparently didn’t heed that warning, and the officer applied the weapon, which did stop him.

During a pat-down of Hensley, Sgt. Hall said two syringes were found in his pocket.

Hensley is now charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and misdemeanor false informing and resisting law enforcement. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 corporate surety bond or $2,500 cash bail. His jury date is September 11.

A probable ex-girlfriend and ex-boyfriend were both charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after an incident on Sunday, June 11, in Austin.

Major Donald Spicer was dispatched to a Rural Street residence to talk to a young woman, identified as Jaylie Hurtt, 18, Seymour. Hurtt said her boyfriend, Alex Baker, 22, Austin, had cracked the windshield of her car by throwing a concrete block at it.

When he talked to Baker, the officer said he was told by Baker that Hurtt had stabbed his truck tires before he threw the block at the windshield. Hurtt reportedly agreed that she had damaged Baker’s tires and showed the officer a hole the knife had made in one of them.

For their efforts, each now faces a bench trial. Baker’s date is August 8. Judge Mount allowed the bail to be reduced to $500 cash, and Baker was released on a previously posted bond.

Hurtt appeared in court on Thursday, June 15, for her initial hearing on the charge. She too was assigned a bench trial date of August 8. She had been released on bond on June 14.


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