It's official: City now owns most of old Jeeves restaurant building on west side of square PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:38



The weathered building on the west side of Scottsburg's downtown square has seen a lot of traffic in its day.

Part of it housed Ritter's Shoe Store for years. The store farthest north was the original home of the Scottsburg Building and Loan Association and once boasted a sign to that effect with “J. Gilbert Martin,” its founder, beneath it.

Jeeves and Company, a very popular restaurant considered a valuable “anchor” business for downtown Scottsburg, and The Shoppes at Jeeves were the last occupants of the brick building that spans three structures.

Now, two sections of the building, the central portion and its neighbor to the north, are owned by the City of Scottsburg.

All five members of the Scottsburg City Council inspected the facility at a special meeting held on Tuesday evening, October 25. The meeting began before the sun set because electrical power there has been shut off. Still, flashlights were needed in some areas to see exactly what the city was getting.

A low-interest Revolving Loan Fund loan was approved by the Council in early 2015 to the previous owner, Justin Westmoreland of Westmoreland Farms, and that's the reason why the city has accepted the building. That acceptance erases all but $75,000 of a loan provided to Westmoreland when he conceived of a plan to move his popular breakfast and lunch cafe from the north side of the square over to the Jeeves site and expand into evening dining and a gift shop.

The Shoppes at Jeeves closed abruptly just after Christmas last year, and the building has stood empty since then.

After a walk-through tour led by realtor Chris Wakeman, who with wife Ruby had created the highly successful Jeeves restaurant, the Council, Mayor Bill Graham, Clerk-Treasurer Jan Hardy, city engineer Bill Saegesser, city attorney Kerry Thompson and a few hangers-on met in the center building. Attractive light fixtures still hung from its tin ceiling, though the floor had buckled in places from moisture damage.

It was there, in the middle of the old dining room, where the group discussed its options. “I doubt we'll be able to recover much else,” related Mayor Graham. “This isn't what we envisioned, but this is what we have.”

The floor can be repaired, and a moisture build-up problem below can be corrected, the Mayor told Councilmen. A northeast corner will have to be shored up and some plaster repaired. And it definitely needs a good cleaning. Still, the structure could offer a promise of better things to come for the downtown area, Mayor Graham said.

All of the Council has been informed of a possible deal with New Hope Services Inc. New Hope, which has been present in Scott County for generations, is looking to expand more into senior housing. It may be possible that the city will sell the two sections of the old Jeeves to New Hope, which is apparently proposing to refurbish the building into upstairs apartments for seniors and commercial space downstairs facing the courtyard. The Wakemans still own the section to the south and are also amenable to the prospect of selling it to New Hope.

All of those ideas are tied into a $10 million grant application which New Hope plans to submit in early November. The non-profit organization won't know if it has received the grant until February 27.

“And, if New Hope doesn't get the grant, we'll market it ourselves,” said the Mayor.

Councilman John Konkler offered the motion to accept the deed for the building from Westmoreland. The action was seconded by Councilman Chuck Rose and approved 5-0.

Konkler also motioned to allow New Hope Services an option to purchase the structure for $125,000. That motion was seconded by Council President Bill Hoagland. Again, the action passed unanimously.

Wakeman said an estimate on how much it will cost to get the entire building in good shape will be prepared in November.




Veterans, active service personnel invited to AHS annual Veterans' Day program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:37



Veterans and servicemen and women in Scott County are being honored at the annual Veterans' Day presented by students of Austin High School in the school auditorium this Friday, November 11.

Students under instructor Ryan Stuckwish are preparing the program.

On Friday, veterans and visitors are asked to park on the east side of the high school/middle school and enter through main doors there. Auditorium doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and students will greet and register veterans to be recognized. The program will begin at 1 p.m.

Following the tribute, a dinner for veterans and family members will be served in the high school library.

All veterans and service personnel are invited to attend the program and meal.

Call Stuckwish at 812-794-8730 for more information.

Two Needles Reported In Halloween Candy PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:35



On November 4, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office received information that a county resident found two (2) sewing needles in Halloween candy from trick or treating on Monday night, October 31.

A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in to this matter, speaking with the complainant about the suspect candy, which turned out to be a “dum-dums” sucker. The sucker was said to have a sewing needle stuck within the wrapper of the sucker. It was also reported that a second sewing needle was found within the Halloween candy that was collected that night.

Upon asking a complainant where she and her children visited, she advised the Deputy that she visited the Scottsburg Square and a few other locations.

No other reports similar to this were taken by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsburg Police or the Austin Police.

Sheriff McClain is asking parents to inspect all Halloween candy for any foreign objects. And, if anything is found, to report the findings to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office also maintains several options for reporting criminal activity anonymously including the department’s website, Facebook page, and a tip line.




2016-17 Scottsburg Athletic Ticket Prices PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:34



The Scottsburg High School Athletic Department has released the cost of the season passes for this upcoming sporting events.

All-Sports Season Passes

Family All-Sports Pass - $230

Adult All-Sports Pass - $110

Student All-Sports Pass - $30

Senior Citizens 65 or Older All-Sports Pass - $95


Individual Season Tickets

SHS Girls Soccer - $35

SHS Boys Soccer - $35

SHS Varsity Volleyball - $35

SHS Varsity Boys Basketball - $35

SHS Varsity Girls Basketball - $35

SHS Cheer - $35

SHS Varsity Baseball - $35

SHS Varsity Softball - $35


SHS/SMS Football - $30


SMS Volleyball - $15

7/8 Boys Basketball - $20

7/8 Girls Basketball - $15

SMS Cheer - $20

SMS Soccer - $15


Individual Game Prices

Elementary Basketball/Volleyball - $3 Adults / $2 K-12

SMS Events - $3 (Everyone)

SHS Events - $5 Adults / $3 K-12

Season tickets are available at the High School office daily as well as at Meyer Madness on Saturday, Nov. 12. Girls Season Tickets are $35 and Boys Season Tickets are $35. Both for $70.








Scott County Residents are Reminded that Fall Installment of Property Taxes are Due Nov. 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:29



Scott County Treasurer, Sheryl Jent, reminds everyone that Thursday, November 10 is the payment deadline for 2015 property tax, payable in 2016. The original statements were mailed out in April which included BOTH spring and fall coupons.

Treasurer states the taxpayers have several payment options: 1) In-person at the Treasurer’s office located on the east side of courthouse. 2) Locked drop-box located at the counter of Treasurer’s office to avoid waiting in line. 3) Call 812.752.8414 to pay by phone; however, credit/debit card transaction fees do apply. 4) Mail check along with payment coupon to: Scott Co. Treasurer, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Suite 140, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Non-sufficient funds will VOID tax payment. Mailed payments must have a Postal Service postmark on or before Nov. 10, 2016. Receipt(s) can be mailed to taxpayer if self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with payment. To ensure prompt posting of your tax payment, please detach and return payment coupon with your payment or write parcel number on check. Due to the increase of counterfeit currency, patience is asked while the staff inspects “ALL BILLS” when paying by cash.

Banks also conveniently accept tax payments and offer Saturday hours that the courthouse does not. You MUST present fall coupon. Hours of operations are:

YOUR COMMUNITY BANK – (WesBanco) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m,.; Wednesday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

NEW WASHINGTON STATE BANK Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

STOCK YARDS BANK Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SCOTT CO. TREASURER’S OFFICE Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Treasurer says if you can’t pay the entire tax amount due, please come in and make a partial payment to avoid any additional penalty. Partial payments are accepted year round. Please keep in mind any unpaid taxes will automatically receive penalty after Nov 10.

The following credit/debit cards are accepted as payments: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express; however, there is a $2 portal admin fee plus 2% of property tax amount that is added and collected by LoGO Indiana.

Questions regarding:

Assessments – Assessor’s Office – 752-8436

Exemptions/Deductions – Auditor’s Office – 752-8408

Taxes – Treasurer’s Office – 752-8414

Reminder: Courthouse will be CLOSED: Tues., Nov. 8 for Election Day and Fri., Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.


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