Driver and passenger injured on city street when motorcycle hits curb PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:29



A man and his female passenger were injured following a motorcycle accident at the T intersection of Lucas and Lane Streets on Scottsburg's north side.

Patrolmen Greg Green and Shawn Hurt were dispatched by 9-1-1 staff just before 8:45 p.m. when the injury accident was reported. They found a Honda Passport, described as a small motorcycle, in the front yard of 839 Lane Street near the couple who was also lying down.

According to observations made by Ptl. Hurt, the bike appeared to have been traveling east on Lucas St. Driver Timothy J. Daniels, 28, Chattanooga, Tn., told the officer that he struck the curb on the east side of Lane St., throwing the pair from the bike.

Daniels said he was the driver. He also said he'd noticed “...the bike wasn't running right” before the mishap. Ptl. Hurt said he noted the odor of alcohol on the man's breath as they talked. He said Daniels related he'd had four beers.

The woman, identified as Leslie Ellen Anderson, 22, Scottsburg, was unable to give the officers information. She experienced severe neck pain, while Daniels was suffering back pain. One of his lungs collapsed. Both were assisted by Scott County EMS technicians at the scene. They were then transported to Scott Memorial Hospital.

The bike was impounded by Ptl. Hurt, who cited Daniels later for having no proof of insurance. Other charges are pending.

Officers were assisted at the scene by Scottsburg First Responders.




Man who shot gun in house and at neighbor's home charged with felony recklessness PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:28



William “Junior” Sadler, the Austin man who shot a weapon in his home and at that of his neighbor's on Saturday, October 15, was released on bond to await his trial set for February, 2017.

Sadler, 48, was taken into custody by Major Donald Spicer of the Austin Police Department after the incident, which was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers shortly after 10 p.m.

The caller, Sadler's wife, told Maj. Spicer, Deputy Joe Johnson and reserve officers Bobby Cravens and Jeff Fortner that her husband had “...shot the house up...” on South Third Street and then went into a bedroom.

As the officers entered the hallway leading to the bedroom, Maj. Spicer said he could smell fresh gunpowder. When they got into the bedroom, he said he saw guns and some shell casings along with magazines and live ammunition on a bed. Sadler was allegedly attempting to load another gun and ignored the officers' commands to drop the gun.

Deputy Johnson wrestled the gun away from Sadler, Maj. Spicer said. Then the two officers gained control of the man and handcuffed him.

Sadler acted erratically, with several mood swings, the officer observed. Scott County EMS technicians were called to the house to evaluate his physical condition. Once he was checked, he was taken to the local jail.

According to what officers discovered, Sadler had apparently fired one or more weapons during the incident. All guns were found in the bedroom. Damage occurred to a wall, door and television.

Some of the bullets had traveled into a neighbor's home just north of the residence, with at least three bullets penetrating the home. One of the occupants was asleep inside the home but was uninjured. Another bullet reportedly penetrated the wall of a two-year-old girl's room.

The child was outside with her father at the time, since her dad had carried her over to the Sadler home after he heard the Sadlers arguing. The neighbor said he fled with the child when Sadler reached under a bed and pulled out a handgun which he began shooting.

All of the guns in the residence were confiscated by officers. Deputy Josh Watterson provided assistance by taking photos at the scene.

At his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Monday, October 18, Sadler learned that he has been charged with two counts of criminal recklessness, as Level 5 and Level 6 felonies.

Judge Roger Duvall scheduled an initial trial date of February 14. He also appointed a public defender to the case and set Sadler's bail at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 by cash bail.

A surety bond was filed for Sadler that same day, and he was released to await his trial. As a condition of his release, he was ordered to have no contact with his neighbor.


Scott County's Halloween lands on Monday night, October 31, with lots planned PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:26



Get out the scary masks and the candy!

Halloween falls on Monday night, October 31, this year, and all entities in Scott County will be observing door-to-door trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lots of locals enjoy visits from tiny princesses, ghosts, Marvel characters and the like each Halloween. Others, however, do not participate.

Those who wish to skip Halloween are asked to keep their porch lights off. Children should never approach a house that is dark.

Youngsters going door-to-door should always be accompanied by a person 18 years old or older, and they should always stay in their neighborhoods and go to houses where they know the residents.

Children should also not eat any treat collected until everything's been inspected and checked for tampering by an adult.

What to wear, what to wear? Every costume should be designed so that it is easy to walk in without tripping. Children are encouraged to use face paint instead of masks which might block vision. Reflective striping on clothing make young goblins easier for motorists to see, too.

Everyone out walking should observe traffic laws and be armed with flashlights.

All police departments and the Sheriff's Department will have extra officers patrolling on Halloween to ensure trick-or-treaters' safety.

Parents who want to opt for other avenues than going door-to-door on Halloween for their children are encouraged to look around their communities and see what ghostly events are being planned for the whole family.

In Austin, the Lions Club will be providing bagged cotton candy for young visitors to the Austin train depot off Morgan Avenue between 6 and 8 p.m.

More information about Austin activities and candy give-aways will be announced closer to Halloween.

Everyone in the family is invited to visit the original Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Station on South Railroad Street on Halloween night for a good time and free eats and treats. Firemen there always have great decorations, hot dogs and, of course, candy.

The firehouse is in easy walking distance of the Scottsburg downtown square, which will again be filled with witches, ghosts and all sorts of organizations and businesses wanting to participate in a family-based event. Individuals are welcome to drive their vehicles to the square and park on Wardell Street between South First and South Main Streets and offer treats from their trunks to young visitors.

Volunteers with the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will also be downtown distributing candy treats near the old Jeeves restaurant. City Hall will be decorated in scary fashion for visitors as will Hello, Beautiful hair salon. Eastside Art Gallery will be open with activities offered there. Hello, Beautiful and the Eastside Gallery are just ½ block to the east on McClain Avenue (State Road 56).

Additional merchants will also be giving out candy that evening, so the whole family can walk around the square and enjoy the small town atmosphere.



Plan under way to beautify State Road 56 corridor through downtown area PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:25



It's quite an undertaking, this plan to make downtown Scottsburg something other communities will envy – and probably copy.

Mayor Bill Graham said the plan, dubbed “See Yourself Downtown,” has a lot of elements used in other urban landscapes that have attracted walkers, families and businesses. “If I like it, I don't mind borrowing it,” quipped the Mayor this past week.

For all the light-hearted comments made by people eager to get involved in the plan, there's a lot riding on “See Yourself...” Mayor Bill is worried about the lack of economic vitality in Scottsburg's downtown square. “We've only got 60% occupancy. We need to encourage foot traffic to come back to the square or we're going to have an economic ghost town on our hands,” he pointed out at the October 6 business meeting of the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission (SRC).

The current plan covers only the State Road 56 corridor. It will stretch from Vail's Home Center and Saegesser Engineering on the west end to Dr. E.C. Kho's office and the Eastside Art Gallery on the east end.

In an unanimous vote, SRC members earmarked $225,000 to get “See Yourself...” started. With that gift safely in the bank, the group met Tuesday morning, October 11, to further discuss the vision which local artist Ryan Heacock has created for the S.R. 56 corridor project.

Heacock carefully went over details of Phase 1 of the project at the SRC meeting. He showed off the unique lighting features that will illuminate trash receptacles and planters. New benches will be scattered throughout the corridor as well, tempting walkers to stop and relax.

Heacock called the effort “...tying in elements that are there with new visuals which attract and please the eye.” Several called the plan “...just plain stunning and attractive.”

In addition, members of the Scott County Arts Council will be renewing crosswalks painted last year by the Council and adding more artwork, such as murals, to fill empty brick walls.

Sidewalks have already been washed thoroughly as the Parks Department staff gets ready to re-stain and then seal bricks. “The color is going to make them 'pop',” promised Parks Supervisor Jerry Asher.

In fact, there's been effort made already at one of the square's oldest business, The Pub. Its deteriorating shingle awning was removed recently, and a patron has stepped up to replace two of the establishment's three windows. The Arts Council will then move in and repaint the front of the business, bringing new life and color to what many considered an eyesore.

And there's more going on behind the scenes.

The plan also addresses lighting in alleys. Alleys serving the downtown square have recently had installed “City of Scottsburg” arches. The arches were created by Total Concepts of Design, a Scottsburg area business. Other issues include buildings with windows which have been boarded up over the years, new banners and double plant hangers for the current decorative light poles and new signage which will direct visitors to such places as City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and the Scott County Visitors Center, the local downtown library and the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum.

If all goes well, most of the corridor project will be completed before Thanksgiving weekend. There's a reason for that, noted Mayor Graham.

“Thanksgiving is the holiday when most families travel back home to be together. When they come downtown to enjoy Courtyard Christmas this year, I want everyone to see what's been done. I want that 'Wow!' factor,” he told workers Tuesday.

People who'd like to get involved in the project are welcome to call the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169. “We're going to need sweepers, people who can plant, painters and maybe even window washers,” the Mayor envisioned.




Commissioners successful in letting road paving bid; Austin's bids too much PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 October 2016 12:23



Scott County Commissioners finally got a road paving bid that they can afford on Monday morning, October 17.

With just two bidders present, Commissioners and Auditor Tammy Johnson opened what they got. Wingham Paving of Charlestown was the winning bidder at $1,999,000 for paving 34.1483 miles of roads.

The only other bidder was Dave O'Mara of North Vernon. As the firm had in September, the bid went over the $2 million mark set by Commissioners for the paving project. O'Mara's bid was $2,257,000.

Two earlier bidders, Temple and Temple and E&B Paving, elected not to bid at this second bid opening.

A look to ensure all documents required were present allowed Commissioners Robert Tobias, Larry Blevins and Kelley Robbins to award the bid that morning to Wingham.

With that, County Highway Superintendent Jill Baker reminded the representative of the winning company that paving needed to begin as soon as possible on Concord and Goodwin Roads, which are both in Lexington Township. A total of 2.2263 miles on Concord was being paved on October 19, Commissioners were informed when they held their second business meeting of the month. Goodwin Road has 2.002 miles targeted for paving.

Both roads must be paved by Monday, October 24, according to the specifications included in the paving contract.

Next, Wingham crews must pave 2.3009 miles on Kinderhook Road by October 31. November 7 is the targeted date for paving to be finished on 3.1294 miles of Charlestown Road.

Two more roads have target dates as well. Harrod Road and Terry Road must be completed by November 14. A total of 2.2511 miles of paving are planned for Harrod Rd. Nearly three miles, 2.9584 to be exact, must be paved on Terry Rd.

All other roads will be paved as weather permits and as she schedules them, advised Baker. Those roads include Bloomington Trail, Finley Firehouse, Taylor, Little York, West Lake, Swan, Smith, Pleasant Ridge, Frontage, Marshfield, Slab, Napper, Sunnyside and Oard Springs.

When bids were opened by Austin city engineer Dave Eberenz on Wednesday morning, October 19, several companies were represented. Four offered bids for all roads on the Austin list, and Dave O”Mara was the apparent low bidder at $324,124.52.

But, with only $300,000 to spend, Mayor Dillo Bush quickly took all bids under advisement and set a special meeting of the Austin Board of Works and Public Safety for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24.

In the meantime, Eberenz will go over all documents submitted by O'Mara, All-Star Paving of Seymour, MAC Construction of New Albany and Temple and Temple of Salem. Then, he will sit down and consider how to whittle some of the costs down so that the whole project is not jeopardized.

Currently, streets earmarked for paving are South First, Church, Mann Avenue, Rural, Broadway, Cross and York Road.

All-Star Paving was second lowest, submitting a price of $332,442. Temple and Temple had a bid of $340,913.50, and MAC Construction's bid was the highest at $341,946.

An alternate package was also provided for companies to consider. Those on that list include Thomastown Road, Mac Drive, Hollan Drive, Union Street, South Third and South Fourth Streets, Cherry Street and Plum Street.

Bids were led by MAC Construction's price of $78,208. Temple and Temple had a price of $73,603. All-Star Paving's bid was $64,614. Dave O'Mara was again low at $62,998.65.

“We are hopeful that we can let a contract quickly. We need to get this paving under way,” advised Mayor Bush. The Board of Works will meet at Austin City Hall.

Scottsburg's paving bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at Scottsburg City Hall.




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