Alleged mistreatment of dogs leads to four counts of cruelty being filed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 00:00

After finding the remains of a dog which had apparently starved to death, Scott County Animal Control Officer Denny Robbins seized three other animals on East Ervin Road and provided paperwork to file a criminal case against the animals’ owner.

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Scottsburg Elementary Turns 80 Years Old with Open House May 7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:56

 

 

Scottsburg Elementary School is celebrating it's 80th Birthday. That right 1937!

Did you know that Heavy Weight Champion of the World - Joe Lewis made an appearance on our stage in the 1940s? The entire town came to shake his hand!

In 80 years if the school had approximately 500 students a year give or take that would add up to 40,000 students! The SES Student Council, History Club, their sponsor Mrs. Schafer, Mr. Bud Carter, long time principal here, Rick Zollman and I have been planning a Birthday Party for SES.

There will be a two hour open house planned from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 with the Student Council president Meredith Slaton making a speech and welcoming everyone at 3:30 p.m.

The students also have a balloon ceremony planned. Please join Scottsburg Elementary School for this special event.

There will be cupcakes and lemonade. Previous staff members will be on hand as well as lots of former alumni members and staff . The community is invited to attend.

 

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All at JTVFD on Saturday, May 13…. Jennings Township firemen plan pancakes and fish fry with Crusade auction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:55

 

 

Members of the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department (JTVFD) in downtown Austin will be preparing to fry plenty of fish as the annual WHAS Crusade for Children auction nears.

A pancake breakfast at the firehouse in downtown Austin begins the Saturday, May 13, auction event. Breakfast will be served from 6 to 10 a.m. and will include all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as sausage, bacon, milk, orange juice and coffee.

The price is a donation to the Crusade for Children, the fund-raiser which benefits sick and developmentally-disabled children throughout Kentuckiana. All dollars raised in Scott County come back in the form of grants to agencies helping youngsters.

The firemen’s famous fish fry begins at 10 a.m. and won’t end at the firehouse until 8 p.m. Cost for a dinner of a fish sandwich, chips, baked beans, cole slaw and a drink is $7. They’ll also have tenderloin sandwiches and chicken strips available.

A crowd is expected for this year’s fifth annual Crusade auction because of the wonderful items available. Going to the highest bidder starting at 6 p.m. that evening will be four one-day “park hopper” tickets to Disney World; tickets to Cincinnati Reds games, Holiday World and Kings Island; a two-night stay at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; a two-night stay at the Fitz Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Ms.; gobs of gift cards; and many other items.

Those who would like to donate items to the auction should call Greg Hammons at 812-820-9430 or 812-752-4372 as quickly as possible. Arrangements can be made for a fireman to pick up items for this special auction.

And there’s more planned for May 13!

Firemen are now raffling off a cash pot of $500. Tickets are $5 each and can now be obtained from any JTVFD fireman or bought that day at the firehouse. The winner will be drawn during the auction. A 50/50 drawing is also scheduled, and the firemen have a couple of other raffles up their sleeves as well.

All proceeds that day will be donated to the 2017 WHAS Crusade for Children, one of the most unique fund-raisers in the nation.

The Jennings Township firehouse is easy to find. It is located just west of Austin City Hall at the corner of West Main (State Road 256) and North Second Street. Parking will be available around the facility as well as at City Hall and elsewhere within easy walking distance.

“We are looking for good crowds that day for all of these events. This community always supports the Crusade generously,” said Hammons.

 

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A Place to Be and Prevent Child abuse Council to Host Grandparent's Playdate May 6 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:53

 

A Place to Be and Prevent Child abuse Council to Host Grandparent's Playdate May 6

A Place to Be and the Prevent Child Abuse Council are teaming up to host a Grandparent’s Playdate May 6, 11a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Interurban Shelter house at Lake Iola Park in Scottsburg. This time is focused on the role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives.

A Place to Be will be setting up areas for different activities and crafts, such as a Lego area, a photo booth area, and a sock snow ball fight. We also want to offer resources to grandparents who may find themselves having to raise their grandchildren. Many grandparents who find themselves in this role are not aware of the help they can find within their community.

They are looking for social work agencies, churches and other establishments who may wish to have a booth or table at this event. We require that you bring some sort of craft or activity grandparents and children can complete together, and if you have any resources for grandparents who may have guardianship of their grandkids.

These include health resources, mental/emotional support, financial assistance or anything else you have to offer! If you wish to have some sort of drawing or door prize, you are welcome to do so.

Booths will be set up outside. You will need to provide your tables and chairs, as we intend to set up food booths and indoor activities in the building. You may also bring a pop up tent if you wish. Keep in mind we will not have electricity so please plan accordingly.

The lot outside of the Interurban Shelter will be used for booths, so we ask that you limit your time in this lot to unpacking your materials and equipment. Parking will be available in the main parking lot of the park, marked in the map enclosed.

Again, this event will take place Saturday, May 6th at the Interurban Shelter house at Lake Iola park in Scottsburg. It will start at 11 am and last until 2pm. Setup will start at 9:30 and should be completed before 10:45. Please let us know if you are interested in setting up a table/booth, and what you will have there so we can try to cover as many types of resources as possible. They ask that you fill out the provided form and RSVP by April 28. We greatly appreciate any and all help you may have to offer. Questions can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Those interested may also call us at the number listed above.

 
Owners of two properties don’t attend Wednesday night ‘unsafe’ hearings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:52

 

 

Aside from Austin city officials, a new city councilman and several curious residents, the unsafe housing ordinance hearings conducted Wednesday night, April 26, attracted few people.

Officials included Mayor Dillo Bush, city attorney Josh Stigdon, building inspector Albert Amburgey and Nathan Campbell and Brandon White. Campbell and White, who serves as Austin City Council President, are members of the Board of Works and Public Safety along with Mayor Bush.

The Board of Works is the city agency which conducted the hearings, both of which offered the owners of the properties “…an opportunity to appeal…,” advised Mayor Bush.

Apparently, the property owners, Elmer Barger and a variety of financial institutions and Tex Murphy, were not interested in the opportunity to discuss the house at 115 East Main Street and a garage at 115½ East Main Street. Barger and company are owners of record for the house; Murphy owns the garage behind the house.

In both cases, Amburgey had inspected the structures. The house is unsafe for residents, he had advised Mayor Bush. The garage is structurally sound but needs repairs, and all trash on the property needs to be removed.

On the house hearing, Stigdon asked if anyone was present to represent the lien holders. No one responded. With Amburgey’s recommendation, the three Board of Works members voted unanimously to order the house be torn down by Friday, May 12. If it is not demolished by that date, the city has the power to tear it down and clear the site.

On the garage, the board voted 3-0 to order the building site cleaned up and the structure repaired to city standards.

Both decisions will be recorded at the Recorder’s Office so that title searches on each property will reflect the board’s decision, Mayor Bush explained.

The mayor also announced that the city will purchase ten more dilapidated homes this year under the second phase of the Indiana Blight Elimination Program. The grant program allowed the city to clear out several houses and buildings starting in 2015. The federal program allows $6,000 for a house without a basement and $10,000 for a house with a basement.

A June 1 meeting will be scheduled to announce the program.

“We are still planning to pursue unsafe buildings (through the Austin ordinance process). It’s not going to win us any friends, but the buildings have got to go,” stated Mayor Bush.

 
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