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.



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.

Man’s alleged mistreatment of dogs leads to four counts of cruelty being filed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:50



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.

Mitchell Childress, 28, now faces four counts of Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty in Scott Circuit Court.

Childress is accused of allowing the death of one blue tick coonhound, failing to provide adequate water and food for two other hounds and allowing the collar to “dig” into the neck of one of those surviving dogs. A puppy was seized along with the two surviving adult dogs, and all are now being kept at the Animal Shelter in Scottsburg.

A call was received by the animal shelter staff on March 24 about the dogs. When he went to check on the animals, Robbins reported in a probable cause affidavit that he found the carcass of the dead blue tick hound. The dog was still tied to a tree.

The adult dogs were on short chains, and the female’s collar had rubbed on her neck, causing blood to drip on the dog’s chest, court documents said. Neither had food or water, said Robbins. The puppy had apparently been scrounging in neighbors’ trash, trying to find food.

When Officer Robbins got back to the shelter with the dogs, he said Childress called. The man said he thought the dead dog had been poisoned and that’s why he left the carcass out. He also allegedly told Robbins that he’d had the other adult dogs “…for a few days…” Childress said he’d call back with contact information on the dogs’ previous owner. When he called, Robbins said he could not provide a phone number.

A state veterinarian examined the animals. She scored the white hound a “2” and the blue tick hound a “1.5” on a scale of 1 to 9 for body condition. A “1” indicates severe malnutrition. The puppy was suffering from worm infestation.

The body of the dead dog was transported to Purdue University for a necropsy. That report from the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory reported on April 12 that the dog was markedly emaciated and dehydrated.

The probable cause affidavit related that Childress had failed to provide voice recordings on his cell phone about the dogs’ purchase as of April 13.

The four charges were filed against Childress on that same day. He was released on a $2,000 cash bond on April 19. Childress has hired an attorney to represent him.

Currently, Childress is scheduled to have a bench trial this Friday, May 5. A conviction on any of the charges will carry with it reimbursement to the county for the animals’ care and keeping. He will also be required to pay an impoundment fee of $40 plus $2 per day per animal.

Order free roadside number signs through May 19 to ensure easy identification PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:49



Free reflective, roadside numbers that can be easily installed and will help emergency response crews identify homes quickly are being offered through Friday, May 19.

Linda Dawson, Emergency Management Agency Director, explained that a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pay for the green reflective signs.

“Too many times in the past have our emergency services answered a 9-1-1 call for help and lost precious minutes trying to locate the home where the call was made. With these signs, we will be able to get help to those who need it quickly and efficiently,” she stated. Emergency services include law enforcement, ambulance, First Responders and firemen.

Members of the Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department will make each sign to order, just like they did years ago when the 9-1-1 emergency call system was first established in the county. Now, more such identifying signs are needed because some have been lost or deteriorated and more homes now dot the rural areas.

Not every house has its mailbox well-marked nor the house numbers displayed on the residence.

“And even if the house numbers are displayed on the residence, sometimes they cannot be seen after dark. We need a more efficient, effective way of getting help where it is needed as fast as possible. These markers will help. Seconds saved during an emergency can save a life,” stated Dawson. Roadside numbers are especially important for people who live in houses 120 or more feet off the road

The grant emphasizes providing ID signs in rural areas and for the elderly. Signs are 6x18. Installation should be high enough to avoid snow in the winter and weeds during the summer. Signs should be visible from either direction along the roadside.

Under the grant, the Johnson firemen will make each sign as an order is placed. Only one sign per household is allowed because of the limited quantity available through the grant program.

Signs can be ordered through May 19.

To request a free sign, call the EMA at 812-752-0564 and leave a name and phone number and the numbers needed on the sign. For example, if leaving the address 4508 Jones Road, all that is needed are the numbers 4508, Dawson explained. Contact information is needed because persons will be called when signs are ready to be picked up at the EMA office. It is located in the basement of the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg next to the Purdue Extension/4-H offices.

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