Third annual 5k run or Walk set for June 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00
    Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries in Lexington will sponsor their Third Annual 5k Run or Walk on Saturday, June 13th in conjunction with the 131st Old Settlers Celebration.
    Early registration ends with postmarks on or before May 15th. That early fee includes a Commemorative Tee shirt and will be $17.   Registration up until the morning of the event will be $20 where some tee shirts will be available to those early registrants. Sign in for the race is between 7:15 and 8 a.m. the day of the race and the race will start at 8:15 a.m.
    The event will begin and end on the grounds of Englishton Park, going thru parts of Lexington and along State Road 203 on a scenic, historic course with rolling hills and bubbling brook. This 3.1 mile run or walk will trace part of the Civil War trek of the infamous General John Hunt Morgan. The starting signal for the race will be the firing of a muzzleloader.
    Male and female first and second place trophies will be given in the running event as well as in the walking event. Age Group Medallions for male and female winners in each 5-year age group in the run event will be awarded as follows, 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, etc. plus a category for 60 and above.
    All profits will benefit Englishton Park’s Summer Children’s Program for children with learning and emotional challenges. This program is starting its 41 year on June 14.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:10
Scottsburg McDonald's to celebrate 30th year with fun, prizes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00
    It's hard to imagine a business being successful year after year, despite economic ups and downs, but the Scottsburg McDonald's has continually grown over the years and will celebrate its 30th anniversary this May.
    The popular dine-in and drive-thru restaurant opened on May 8, 1979, in the spot it remains, nestled between other fast food restaurants on the north side of State Road 56 and on the west side of the Scottsburg I-65 interchange. Owners Mark and Jan Hieb started the business with his mom and dad, Clayton and Mardell Hieb. At that time, the McDonald's had 70 parking spaces with one drive-thru window and 85 seats for customers. Staff consisted of the Hiebs plus six managers and 50 employees.
    Thirty years later, McDonald's has 90 crew employees and ten managers. Anita Petty has been with McDonald's the longest, 27 years, 13 of those as store manager. Mark and Jan Hieb also bought the business from the older Hiebs 13 years ago.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:05
Silent Auction at Museum offers nearly 100 items for highest bids PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00
    Nearly 100 items are being offered at the Springfest silent auction through Saturday, May 16, at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum in Scottsburg.
    An event offered in conjunction with the Museum’s annual Springfest, the auction offers a variety of useful theme baskets as well as gift certificates provided by local businesses and dozens of items donated by supporters of the Museum.
    Anyone can visit the museum, located at 1050 South Main Street in Scottsburg, and enter a bid on the items offered. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:06
Five men charged in search warrant service in Austin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 00:00
        Five men now face criminal charges after Scottsburg police, with assistance from the Austin Police Department and the Sheriff's Department, served a search warrant on a Spicertown house alleged to be the site of drug dealing.
        Those facing charges include the two residents of the house, Dennis Smith, 35, and Carl Vancleave, 34; Donald J. Barrett, 61, Austin; Matthew Miller, 28, Austin; and David Gwin, 56, Austin.
        Around 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, Scottsburg Patrolman Troy Ford was approached by a confidential informant who told Ford that Dennis Smith was selling drugs at his home on Tibbs Street. A “buy” was arranged, and $40 worth of Oxycontin was allegedly purchased from Smith at the residence.
        Using this action as a basis for a search warrant, Ptl. Ford contacted Scott County Prosecutor Jason Mount. The warrant was issued, and at 11 p.m., Ptl. Ford, Scottsburg patrolmen Steven Herald and Travis Rutherford, deputies Don Campbell and Joe Johnson and Austin Patrolman Shawn Hurt served the warrant.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 09:08
Noble becomes Austin department's new Detective/Major; ordinance officer is announced PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00
    A veteran with the Austin Police Department has become the agency's new detective.
    Lonnie Noble, who had served as the APD's Director of Public Safety since January, 2007, received his new title of Detective/Major on Monday, April 20.
    “I really struggled with this decision. Lonnie has done us and every resident of Austin a terrific job as Director. He understands budgets as well as anyone I've seen, and that made me reluctant to put him in this position because we'll lose a very good man as director. But everyone I talked with told me that we've already got the best man for the (detective's) job and that man is Lonnie,” Austin Mayor Doug Campbell explained at a press conference called at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
    The Mayor started out the occasion by advising he normally “...has these meetings for the opposite reason, bad news. This time, we've got good news.” He also used the press conference to announce that former police chief, now Major, Donald Spicer is serving as Officer-In-Charge (OIC) and that the voluntary position of ordinance enforcement officer has been filled by Larry Stout, a retired resident of Austin.
    The Mayor said his decision to put his director in the detective slot became apparent as he talked with other mayors and officers to determine how best to fill a vacancy on the police department's roster. “I was interested in doing something this time that was really going to help the department and this city. A detective was the way to go because we have to have a person free that can conduct investigations and make good arrests of people who are breaking the laws,” he explained to the small group who gathered for the announcement.
    Because one pitfall to having a detective is that the officer often becomes involved in other duties, the Mayor was particularly pleased to announce that Det./Maj. Noble was moving into his new office that day. The office is right next to Mayor Campbell's office at City Hall, not at the police department. A separate phone line for the officer will be installed this week.
    The new detective will be paid the rate of an Assistant Chief of Police, $17.50 per hour. He will not wear a police uniform. His work week is 40 hours, but Noble can make his own schedule since detective work is not normally a 9-to-5 job.
    “What we want to see are results. I want him to start concentrating on Class C felony offenses and higher,” stated the Mayor. “I feel that as this economy gets worse, so will crime. We must protect our citizens.” He described Det./Maj. Noble as “...a man with broad shoulders. He knows what's expected of him.” The Mayor publicly thanked Noble for his service to the department the past 16 months. “He's done us a whale of a job,” he remarked.
As Noble stepped away from the director's position, Major Donald Spicer stepped up to serve as the department's Officer-In-Charge, in essence the acting police chief. Spicer began as a reserve officer in 1994, the year after Noble joined the department  He said he was happy to be allowed to serve as OIC and said he intended to apply for the police chief's job.
    That position will be advertised in the next few weeks, related Mayor Campbell. “We welcome all applications,” he said.
    In other news, Larry Stout will join the department in a voluntary position as the city's new ordinance enforcement officer.
    Stout has lived in Austin for ten years and is serving as a member of the Austin Comprehensive Plan Committee.
The ordinance officer “...isn't somebody that wants to issue you a citation. He wants to work with you, especially if you aren't aware that you are violating a city ordinance,” the Mayor stated.
Stout will patrol city streets in a police car. He will wear a uniform but will not be issued a weapon.
When he sees a violation, Stout will stop and attempt to make contact with the resident and/or owner of the property. If he cannot talk with that person, a letter will be issued explaining the violation and providing the property owner with a time period to correct it. Only if there is no action on the part of the owner/resident to correct the problem will a citation be written.
    “We haven't given people any reason to have trash around their houses. We've done away with the SASCO bags, and we provide a dumpster service on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. There's no reason they should have junk in their yards or not mow their properties,” advised Mayor Campbell.
    If a citation is issued, it will be followed up and it will be pursued to the full extent of the law, the Mayor continued. “We ask for the public's support for this new officer and for all of our police officers. The avenues are open for all of this to work for us so Austin can become a better community,” Campbell said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2009 11:54
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