Purple Heart-decorated veteran and retired businessman Ray Swope laid to rest PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:27


Another familiar figure who contributed greatly to Scott County's business community for nearly four decades died recently.

Raymond “Ray” Swope Jr., 92, died at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg on Tuesday, October 4.

He wasn't Scott County born, but many people remember his accounting firm which served plenty of individuals and businesses around the area.

Ray was a native of Lebanon and graduated high school there in 1941, just in time to see action in World War II. He came out of that conflict as a U.S. Marine with a Purple Heart.

Setting up his business in Scottsburg, Ray soon became involved in all sorts of community activities. He started serving in the 1950s as a member of the original Scott County Hospital Board of Directors, and he gave many years of service through organizations, such as the Scottsburg Lions Club, Seymour Elks Club and Scottsburgh Lodge 572, F&AM. Ray also served as a director of the Scottsburg Building and Loan Association. He was a great supporter of local sports teams, and he sure loved to attend both football and basketball games at his beloved Indiana University in Bloomington, where he had earned his bachelor degree after the war.

He was also an avid golfer, going on trips with friends or sticking close to home at Westwood Golf Course.

In later years, he could be found most days eating lunch at Hancock's Drugstore and enjoying the banter of conversation with servers and customers alike. And, most often, he'd come in with an IU jacket or sweater on, an IU ballcap on his head. He always had a big smile ready for whomever he met.

His family members gathered at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Friday, October 7, to visit with friends. The funeral was conducted on Saturday, October 8, at the funeral home. Father Patrick Click officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.




Halloween in Scott County to be observed Monday, October 31, in grand fashion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:24



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.




Plea of not guilty entered for senior citizen who allegedly shot handgun PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:23



The 78-year-old Austin man arrested by the Indiana State Police after allegedly shooting a handgun several times has had his initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court.

Martin T. Henson, Austin, allegedly randomly shot a handgun out the driver's window while he was driving along North Main Street Road on Monday, October 3.

Trooper Matthew Busick was patrolling close to the area where shots were heard, and he quickly responded, finding the described vehicle on Marshfield Road north of Scottsburg.

He attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency lights, but Henson continued slowly down the road, Trp. Busick said.

When the vehicle finally stopped, Trp. Busick said he instructed the elderly man to keep both hands where he could see them, but he said Henson kept his right arm down and then leaned forward and reached down toward the floor.

The trooper again told Henson to show both hands. Henson complied by leaning back and raising his hands. A loaded Phoenix Arms handgun was later found in the area where Henson had reached.

Trp. Busick instructed Henson to get out, but the older man did not react, remaining seated. The officer then approached to assist Henson. As he was doing so, he said Henson became agitated and put his hand in his right front pocket. He pulled out another handgun, a Smith and Wesson .380 automatic.

Reaction was swift from the officer, who “...twisted the handgun from his grasp and dropped it to the ground.” The gun was also loaded “...with a round chambered.”

A man in another vehicle that was behind Henson told Trp. Busick that the senior citizen began shooting out of the driver's side window. The witness said Henson shot several times “...in quick succession just north of the bridge on (North) Main Street (Road).”

Henson apparently agreed that he had been shooting one of the guns from his vehicle, the probable cause affidavit stated.

Henson was held at the Scott County Detention Center in Scottsburg until his initial hearing on Thursday morning, October 6. He learned that he is charged with Level 5 felony intimidation and criminal recklessness as well as two counts of Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement.

The preliminary not guilty plea was entered for him, and he was appointed the services of a public defender. Bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $10,000 cash. As a condition of his bond, Henson was ordered to have no firearms in his possession.

That same day, a corporate surety bond was arranged for Henson, and he was released to await his trial on February 14, 2017.

Four suspects with Scott County ties allegedly arrested with drugs in Seymour PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:21



Four individuals – one woman and three men – were arrested by Seymour City Police on Thursday, September 29, in a fast food restaurant parking lot.

A quantity of drugs were found, according to reports.

Those under arrest include Roger D. Winchester, 52; his son, Mark Allen Winchester, 23; Kendra M. Jenkins, 19; and Brandon S. Morgan, 26. Roger Winchester lived in Austin for many years but apparently gave a New Albany address at the time he was taken into custody. His court documents filed with Jackson Circuit Court shows an Austin address. His son and Jenkins provided Austin addresses at their bookings. Morgan is a former Scott County resident, whose current address was listed as Stinnett, Ky.

According to court documents, the foursome were in a Taco Bell parking lot in Seymour when police closed in at 10:30 a.m. that Thursday.

Police were quoted by a Seymour newspaper that the arrests busted up a drug dealing ring.

Roger Winchester has a history of felony arrests in Scott County that stretches back to 1998. He is now charged in Jackson Circuit Court with dealing in a narcotic drug, a Level 2 felony; unlawful possession of a legend drug with a prior conviction, a Level 5 felony; unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 5 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Winchester also has a trial scheduled October 24 in Scott Circuit Court on a State's petition to revoke (PTR) a suspended sentence. Odds are that trial will not take place because his attorney in the case withdrew two days after the PTR was filed.

Mark Winchester has no criminal record, aside from his current charges of counts 1 to 7 dealing in a narcotic drug, all Level 5 felonies, and count 8 dealing in a Schedule 4 controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Kendra M. Jenkins has eight counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, all Level 5 felonies, and one count of dealing in a Schedule 4 controlled substance as a Class A misdemeanor.

Brandon Morgan failed to appear for trial in Scott Superior Court on October 3, apparently because he was being held in the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. An arrest warrant was issued for him by local authorities. His bail on that warrant is $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $2,500 cash. He had been released on a $2,000 cash bond 17 days after the local drug-related case was opened last March.

As of Friday, October 7, Jackson County authorities had not filed charges against Morgan.

His Scott County case includes charges of Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine, two Class A misdemeanors of possession of a controlled substance and two Class B misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

In all cases, defendants were being held without bond..




Cities' and county's Community Crossings-fueled paving bids are advertised PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 15:19


Austin officials and Scott County Commissioners have already advertised for paving bids, spurred by approaching fall weather and the desire to get some paving done in 2016.

The City of Austin received $150,000 for paving through the Community Crossings grant program of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Scott County received $1 million as did the City of Scottsburg. Each of these entities matched those dollars, as required by the grant program, so Austin has $300,000 to address its streets, many of which haven't had new blacktop applied for 15 to 20 years.

Austin's match came from its Rainy Day Fund and a $100,000 contribution from the Scott County Council. The Council also provided $100,000 to the City of Scottsburg. Those chunks of money were taken from the Hospital Reserve Fund, the dollars received by the county after the sale of Scott Memorial Hospital four years ago.

The Hospital Reserve Fund also provided the money for the county's match.

With all those dollars, Commissioners have a larger number of roads they'd like to address. That bid opening is scheduled at the Courthouse in Suite 128 at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 17.

In no particular order, the roads on their list are Bloomington Trail, Finley Firehouse, Taylor, Little York, West Lake, Kinderhook, Concord, Goodwin, Swan, Charlestown, Smith, Pleasant Ridge, Frontage, Harrod, Marshfield, Slab, Napper, Sunnyside and Oard Spring.

Unfortunately, the Commissioners' hopes to get bids early enough to start paving in early October hit a big snag at their meetings on September 21 and 26.

Every bid submitted by E&B Paving, Dave O'Mara, Temple and Temple and Wingham were over the estimates figured. In total, the overage was roughly $159,000.

After another meeting with bidders on September 26, all bids were rejected and Commissioners re-advertised.

In Austin, bids are being accepted right up to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, at City Hall. Then, Mayor Dillo Bush and members of the Board of Works and Public Safety will open them.

“We are really excited about getting our streets upgraded. It's been a long time,” noted Mayor Bush.

Bidders are being asked to provide quotes on two lists of streets. Base bids will be taken on South First Street, Church Street, Mann Avenue, Rural Street, Broadway Street, Cross Street and York Road. Alternate bids will be requested for Thomastown Road, Mac Drive, Hollan Drive, Union Drive, South Third Street, South Fourth Street, Cherry Street and Plum Street.

Scottsburg's bids were advertised on Saturday, October 8. Those submitted will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at City Hall.

Specs call for milling and resurfacing with two inches of blacktop on Carla Lane, Frame Street and Cedar Street. Quotes are also sought for two inches of blacktop and patching on Wilson, Weir and North Lake Roads and additional work and paving on Community Way and North Lynhurst Street.

All bid openings are open to the public.




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