Indiana Bicentennial Relay: How to be a good torch bearer while having a really great time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:41


You should have been there Wednesday night, August 24. Really.

Because the meeting itself was a good time, and everyone got to learn how to properly handle the Indiana Bicentennial torch.

And everyone got to hold the torch!

Staff of an Indianapolis company called Maribeth Smith and Associates invited all of the torch bearers in the soon-to-start Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay from a five-county area here in Southern Indiana to attend a brief orientation meeting at Brownstown High School that evening. The firm has been hired by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) to organize the path the relay will be taking through every one of Indiana's 92 counties six days a week. On Mondays, everyone gets a day off.

To prepare and promote the relay, the IOTD set up a website last year, which was hosted on the Indiana State Bicentennial Commission's website. On part of the website, people could nominate those they'd like to see carry the torch through their respective counties. That nomination process was completed last December.

Scott County has 17 torch bearers: Clara Adkins, Ron Atkins, Jim Barley, Landon Campbell, Ed Cozart, Mayor Bill Graham, Pam and Steve Gwaltney, Dustin Houchens, Sue Jones, Raymond Jones, Gordon Julian, Frank Mays, Andie Myers, Rick Rigel, Al Riggle and LeRoy Williams. Frank Mays, who is deceased, will be represented by his grandson, Eric Mays.

The audience at Brownstown was an interesting mix. Youngsters, oldsters and those in-between listened as staff members talked about the relay, how it will be structured and how the Indiana State Police escorts are not at all afraid of telling organizers/participants to, well, step up the pace.

Advised one speaker, “Think of it as a funeral procession....only a happier one!”

The torch relay begins on Friday, September 9, in the old state capitol of Corydon. It'll wander around this area of the state, making its way over to Evansville and back and hitting Scott County at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

Local organizers have 1½ hours to get it through the county, using U.S. Highway 31 (yes, the one that's been messed up ALL summer, thank you for reminding me...) and State Roads 56, 256 and 3. FYI: The media specialist at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently advised that the work on what we locals identify as the Marshfield bridge on U.S. 31 between Scottsburg and Austin will be completed before the torch arrives.

What INDOT plans to do about U.S. 31 is still being decided. We learned from the changed route of our 2016 “Come to the Fair” parade this past July that INDOT is not happy about anyone using a construction area for such events. To be fair, however, the contractor has accomplished a lot of work on the highway in both cities in the past week or so. Maybe that problem will correct itself. Real soon.

At first, local organizers thought the torch would be passed at the county line with Jefferson County on S.R. 256 east of Austin. Oh no, Scott County has to get the torch all the way from Underwood to Deputy. So, the last leg of the relay will actually be going into portions of Jefferson and Jennings counties before our last torch bearer relinquishes the torch.

Each Indiana county gets its own torch to keep, and it's a dandy gadget, fresh from the hands of its inventors at Purdue University. It even has its own camera, and torch bearers can activate it at themselves to take selfies or aim it to take short videos. Ball State University students will be taking those snippets and putting them on social media for everyone to enjoy.

Everyone can keep track of where the torch is by going to the appropriate app, which will soon be available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android devices. Search for Indiana Torch Relay 2016 there. IOTD's recently-launched website can be found at

Torch bearers are also being encouraged to share their experiences on social media channels #INTorchRelay or @INTorchRelay.

Right now, the county's Bicentennial Committee is meeting weekly to work out all of the details about where each of the 17 people will take the torch and where they will hand it off. The next meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 1, at Scottsburg City Hall. Bring a lunch and prepare to eat and plan at the same time.

If you have 17 participants, you have to have 17 ways of whisking these folks along the route, right? Think about it! There's a lot of ground to cover in very little time. And the torch is going to visit the Scott County Courthouse and Austin City Hall, too.

Currently, our torch bearers are talking about using their feet, tractors, cars, a golf cart or two and fire engines. LeRoy Williams is thinking of whizzing down the highway in a souped-up grocery cart. According to one of the state coordinators, it'll be the only one used on the route.

Go figure...

People will be more than welcome to line the route and cheer on the torch bearers. No one can walk with a torch bearer; there are some things you just got to do by yourself. Torch bearers must supply their own drivers of whatever-it-is they will be using to scoot along their section of the course.

A meeting of all torch bearers is in the planning stage just so everyone is comfortable with what is going to happen where.

Final plans for the September 16 Indiana Bicentennial Celebration in the Courtyard at Scottsburg will be announced soon, too.

Stay tuned for more updates!


21-year-old man arrested for alleged molesting incidents with young teenager PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:24

A 21-year-old Scottsburg man is incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center awaiting his December jury trial on two counts of child molesting.

Council provides $70,000 for guards.... Stepped-up security at Courthouse may be activated by middle of September PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:41


Packed meetings and impassioned statements about possible violations of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution aside, members of the Scott County Council and Commissioners are taking action to develop a security system for the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.

People who attended recent meetings at which the topic was debated were more or less divided into two groups: Those who wanted more security and those who did not. The security-minded group included nearly all courthouse employees, some of whom had personally experienced vocal threats about their safety. The second group felt not allowing licensed gun owners to carry weapons into the building could be a violation of their rights.

The meeting held on July 27 was well-attended. Those who talked were certain that their viewpoint was the correct one. Nearly all were unhappy that events had led to the prospect of “the people's building” being changed to restrict open entrances and to monitor those entering.

“It's been happening everywhere,” said Bob Tobias, current president of the Board of County Commissioners. “It's a shame that we are even considering having to screen people, but it's also a fact of life in today's world.”

Back in July, several courthouse staffers were confronted by a man who was visibly upset and yelled invective and threatened to shoot employees. He was arrested on an intimidation charge and sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. The case has not yet been settled.

The incident fomented more interest in the topic of courthouse security.

Earlier this year, a Courthouse Security Committee was formed. Its chairman, Sheriff Dan McClain, presented a plan calling for locking most of the Courthouse doors, installation of a metal detector and hiring two guards who would work the same hours as courthouse employees, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Commissioners forwarded the committee's report on to the County Council, requesting security funding. The plan was sent back to Commissioners with a request for more details. At the Commissioners' meeting on August 3, officials decided that they wanted every recommendation in the report. They voted to accept it as the plan they wanted and, again, forwarded it to the County Council.

At the end of a very long day dealing with departmental budgets on Tuesday, August 16, the Council determined that it would vote to create a line item in the Commissioners' 2016 budget labeled the County Security Fund.

After statements were made by Judge Roger Duvall, Commissioner Tobias and Councilman Raymond Jones, the Council adopted figures presented by Jones to fund the plan for the rest of the year. The sum to be placed in the line item is $70,000. That should cover all cost of purchasing security equipment and two employees, Jones said in his presentation.

Each of the two motions passed 5-2, Councilmen Chris Albertson and Eric Gillespie voting against them. Gillespie voiced his opposition early in the meeting, saying, “I am going to vote against it because it's going to set up this (security) plan.” Gillespie had lobbied to allow certain employees to be armed. Albertson said he wanted more information.

Commissioner Tobias advised that hiring guards through a vendor which offers retired and off-duty state police officers could cut the county's costs. Another measure he supported was exploring the idea of locating the Probation Department away from the courthouse. From 400 to 500 probationers and parolees report to that department weekly.

And the present offices the Probation Department occupies in the basement are very crowded, pointed out Commissioner Kelley Robbins. “I don't like these changes either, but we have to start somewhere,” he remarked.

“We consider this 'seed money.' You can get this set up now,” Councilman Raleigh Campbell Jr. told the Commissioners.

Commissioners touched on the issue once again at their meeting on Wednesday, August 17, with Tobias to contact the manpower vendor. A presentation by Alliance Security Inc. has tentatively been scheduled for the Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, September 7.



Finley Township's annual Leota Frolic August 26 and 27 offers fun for all PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:39


The 34th annual Leota Country Frolic will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, in the tiny Finley Township community southwest of Scottsburg.

People can still obtain booth space in the arts and crafts and flea market areas by calling Leon Dart at 812-216-0627.

The first event at the Leota Frolic will be the euchre tournament on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at the barn at 6 p.m. that evening to compete.

At the stage in the middle of Leota, lots of free entertainment is being planned for the two days of the festival. Friday's line-up will include:

5:00 p.m.: Maisy Reliford.

6:00 p.m.: Grandview.

7:00 p.m.: Brian Allen.

8:00 p.m.: Bannister Twins.

9:00 p.m.: Forever Friends.

Entertainment scheduled on Saturday, August 27 is:

12 noon: Talent Showcase.

1:00 p.m.: Evan Twitty.

2:00 p.m.: Sara Campbell.

3:00 p.m.: High Octane.

5:00 p.m.: Donna Dalton.

6:00 p.m.: Peggy and Friends.

7:00 p.m.: Gary McClellan and the Old Timers.

8:00 p.m.: James White and Deer Creek.

9:00 p.m.: Monday Night Special.

On both days, festival visitors can either take a seat on the straw bales provided or bring a lawn chair to enjoy gospel, bluegrass and country music on Friday night and all day Saturday. Winners in the Talent Showcase on Saturday will receive ribbons.

Children will have their own “Frolic” entertainment in their area by Coonie Creek from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and again from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Youngsters can also compete for trophies in the pedal pulls set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Throughout the festival, everyone will enjoy food prepared by Finley Township organizations, including the sponsoring Finley Township Volunteer Fire Department. Firemen will set up their tent near the Leota Country Store and offer seating.

The eating spot is pretty close to the expansive display of farm machinery, which seems to grow each year in numbers and popularity.

Need an air-conditioned moment? Don't forget to stop by the Leota Country Store right in the downtown area. It will be open during the festival.

This year, the festival's souvenir will be a cross-cut saw. A homemade quilt will be raffled. Buy tickets for $1 each or six for $5.

Proceeds from the festival benefits the Finley firemen, helping them purchase and maintain equipment.

For general information about the Leota Country Frolic, call chairman Danny Robbins at 812-820-2743, Ward Bowen at 812-820-0493 or Charles Murphy at 812-752-3636.

21 people arrested on drug-related charges in county by law enforcement officers during August PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:28



Drug-related arrests went up during August, according to a recent study of cases filed in local courts.

Of those cases, four were filed in Scott Circuit Court. The remaining 17 are part of the Scott Superior Court docket.

August drug cases in Circuit Court include those listed. Unless otherwise indicated, defendants are being represented by public defenders.

•Ellis L. Riley, 52, Scottsburg, charged on August 4 with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine as Level 4 (L4) and Level 5 (L5) felonies, possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor, unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 (L6) felony, and possession of paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanor. Riley remains incarcerated awaiting a November 22 jury trial in lieu of bail of $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash.

•Melissa Ann Bowman, 44, Scottsburg, charged on August 9 with one count of dealing in methamphetamine as an L5 felony. Bowman is incarcerated awaiting a jury trial on December 13. Bail is $50,000 by bond or $10,000 cash.

•Mickey A. Noel, 36, Scottsburg, charged on August 17 with two counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, L5 felony. Noel is incarcerated, and his trial date is December 13. Bail is $25,000 by surety bond or $5,000 cash. He has retained an attorney. Noel has a bail reduction hearing set September 6.

•Veronica Jean Smith, 41, Scottsburg, charged on August 17 with a count of dealing in a narcotic drug, L5 felony. Her trial date is currently December 13, and bail is $25,000 by surety bond or $5,000 cash.

The following cases are pending in Superior Court:

•Eugene D. LaMaster, 65, Scottsburg, arrested by Deputy Jac Sanders and charged August 1 with possession of methamphetamine, L6 felony, and possession of Scheduled 1-4 controlled substance, Class A misdemeanor. His jury trial is scheduled October 18. Bail is $25,000 by surety bond or $2,500 cash. A cash bond was filed August 15.

•Henry M. Kolep, 35, Lexington, arrested by Scottsburg Ptl. Troy Ford and charged August 2 with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of syringe, all L6 felonies, and visiting a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Jury trial now scheduled for October 31, and his bond was reduced on a motion by his attorney from $15,000 surety bond/10% to $5,000 surety bond/10%.

•Ashley N. Davis, 25, Lexington, arrested by Ptl. Ford and charged on August 2 with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of syringe, all L6 felonies. Bail was set at $15,000 by surety bond or 10% cash but was reduced to $5,000/10%. Her cash bond was filed August 18, and her jury trial is now scheduled November 3. She has employed counsel.

•Jenny L. Cole, 37, Paris Crossing, arrested by Detective Paul Clute of the Sheriff's Department and charged August 4 with possession of methamphetamine, L6 felony. Bail remains $15,000 by surety bond or 10% cash, and her jury trial is set October 18. She was denied lower bail.

•Jesse Todd Fox, 18, Scottsburg, arrested by Ptl. Ford and charged on August 5 with possession of paraphernalia, Class C misdemeanor. His trial date is reset for October 6, and his bail was set at $5,000/10%, but he was released on his own recognizance on August 5.

•Kelly C. Combs, 31, Austin, arrested by investigator Steve Wollmann and charged on August 5 with possession of narcotic drug, L6 felony. Her jury trial is November 1 and her bail is $15,000 surety bond or 10% cash. A bail reduction hearing is set August 30.

•Noah J. Taylor, 28, New Albany, arrested by Sgt. Herald and charged August 5 with unlawful possession of syringe and theft, both as L6 felonies, and operating a motor vehicle when never received license, Class C misdemeanor. Jury trial now scheduled for November 7. Bail is $15,000/10% but a bail revocation hearing is set for August 30.

•Billie F. Barger, 64, Austin, arrested by Scottsburg Sgt. Joe Nicholson and charged on August 10 with unlawful possession of syringe, L6 felony, trespass as a Class A misdemeanor, and theft as a Class A misdemeanor. Bond is set at $15,000/10%, but a bail reduction hearing is set for September 6. His jury trial is scheduled November 3.

•Clinten J. Hamilton, 45, Greensburg, arrested by Ptl. Green and charged August 12 with unlawful possession of syringe, L6 felony. A bail revocation is set for September 1 but it is currently set at $15,000/10%. His jury trial date is November 3.

•Charles L. Mattingly, 21, Scottsburg, arrested by Scottsburg Ptl. L. Travis Rutherford and charged August 12 with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. His jury trial is set for October 17 and bail is $25,000/10%. A bail reduction hearing is set for September 12.

•Amanda K. Salesman, 34, Marysville, arrested by Deputy Joe Guarneri and charged on August 12 with possession of methamphetamine, L6 felony, and trespass and possession of paraphernalia as misdemeanors. Bail is set at $45,000/10%, but a bail revocation hearing is set for September 1. Her jury trial is set for November 3.

•Melissa N. Sword, 30, Paris Crossing, arrested by Deputy Guarneri and charged on August 15 with unlawful possession of syringe, L6 felony, and theft, Class A misdemeanor. The State also filed a notice to seek an enhanced penalty based on defendant's prior criminal record. Bail is set at $15,000/10%, and her jury trial date has been rescheduled to November 1.

•Cory H. Devary, 24, Henryville, arrested by Scottsburg Ptl. Greg Green charged on August 16 with unlawful possession of syringe, L6 felony. His jury trial date of November 3 was changed to November 22, and his bail, set at $15,000/10%, will be reviewed at a hearing on September 6.

•Jessica E. Friedly, 21, Henryville, arrested by Ptl. Green and charged on August 16 with L6 felonies of possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of syringe. Bail is $15,000/10%, and her jury trial is November 3.

•Robert W. Couch, 32, Austin, arrested by Scottsburg Ptl. James Vires and charged on August 17 with L6 felony unlawful possession of syringe and misdemeanor public intoxication. Bail is $15,000/10%, and his jury trial is set for November 3.

•Michelle D. Henderson, 43, Jeffersonville, arrested by ISP Trooper Mark LaMaster and charged on August 19 with two L6 felonies of possession of a narcotic drug, L6 felony maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Bail remains $45,000/10% with the Court denying a tendered agreement for lowering bail. Jury trial set November 3. Defendant represented by an attorney.

•Benjamin D. McIntosh, arrested by Ptl. Vires and charged August 22 with L6 felony of possession of a narcotic drug (heroin) and misdemeanor possession of Schedule 1-4 controlled substance. Bail is set at $15,000/10%, and his jury trial is set November 10.




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