Hardy Lake offers Fall Activities, Including Raptor Days PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:48



Fall is a great time to camp at Hardy Lake and enjoy some fun activities. Hardy Lake Raptor Days is just around the corner. This celebration of native birds of prey will take place September 23-25. This festival features live bird of prey programs throughout the weekend, boat tours, a mobile nature center, and tours of the Dwight R Chamberlain Raptor Cente ron Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday kicks off from 7 to 10 a.m. with an “All You Can Eat” fundraising breakfast presented by the Friends of Hardy Lake. Most activities are free with paid gate admission and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boat tour is $2 per person and space is very limited.

Friday, September 23 is the “Schools Day” portion of Raptor Days from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local schools, home schools and the public are welcome. The cost is $1 per student on board buses or $7 per carload for State Residents and $9 for out of state residents. Friday's activities will include live bird of prey and snake programs, hikes, games and crafts. Schools must pre-register by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This year Hardy Lake will have two full weekends to celebrate the Fall. The dates for these are October 22 and 23 and October 29 and 30. Both weekends will kick off with Friends of Hardy Lake “All You Can Eat” fundraising breakfast. Activities for the weekend include pumpkin carving, wagon rides, costume fashion show, and trick or treating in the campground. Identical programming will take place on both weekends.

More detailed information can be found at www.calendar.dnr.In.gov.




Former Lexington Twp. trustee Terry Barnes dies after brief illness PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 14:44



He knew where every blade of grass in Lexington Township was located, or so it seemed with Terry A. Barnes, a true community supporter.

His death on Saturday, August 27, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville certainly leaves that township and all of Scott County a little poorer.

Barnes wasn't a Scott County native. He was born up north in Noblesville, but his family moved to Scott County, and he graduated from Lexington High School in 1961. He began working for Cummins Engine Company in 1962, retiring from there as a foreman in 1996.

Terry and his late wife Frances always cast big shadows in Scott County. Their familiar faces were what most people associated with the American Red Cross. Terry became a Red Cross volunteer the year he retired from Cummins, and he served as the ARC's Disaster Coordinator for the past ten. That threw him into contact with 9-1-1 Director Greg Ramoni. “He was one of the best,” advised Ramoni. “Always reliable, always knowledgeable. We will very much miss Terry.”

Barnes was a part-time 9-1-1 operator for the local center.

He served as Lexington Township trustee for 16 years and as a Democrat Party precinct committeeman for 20 years. He was a member of Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church as well as the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department for which he served as a First Responder instructor. Barnes had earned his position as a certified EMT some years ago, and he'd been as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation instructor since 2009. Other memberships included the United Way of Scott County board of directors and the Silver Creek Beagle Club.

His survivors include two daughters, a sister and a sister-in-law, two grandchildren and a lot of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Monday evening, August 29, at the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. People also called at Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church on Tuesday morning, August 30, before the funeral was conducted. Pastor Tim Lucas officiated.

Burial was in nearby Kimberlin Creek Cemetery next to his beloved Frances.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of Collins Funeral Home to benefit the American Red Cross or Lexington Volunteer Fire Department.

On-line condolences may be expressed by visiting www.collinsfuneralhome.net.



Indiana Bicentennial Relay: How to be a good torch bearer while having a really great time PDF Print E-mail
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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 http://indianatorchrelay.com/.

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
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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.



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