Local Ivy Tech students seriously injured in Interstate 65 accident last Monday PDF Print E-mail

Families and friends of two young men are continuing to pray for their recoveries after both were badly injured in a November 29 accident that occurred after a rainstorm on Interstate 65.

Austin firemen need help to serve free Thanksgiving dinner on November 24 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:30



A full Thanksgiving dinner will be served to anyone who would like to enjoy the meal by members of the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday, November 24.

Greg Hammons, vice president of the fire department, said the dinner will include ham and turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pumpkin pie and drinks. Serving time will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and there will be no charge for the meal.

The dinner will be served at the fire department, located at North Second Street and State Road 256 West (West Main Street).

Over 200 people enjoyed the meal last year.

The event has become an annual project for the department, and its cost is offset by monetary donations and contributions of food for the meal. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help during the meal, Hammons said. “We welcome all contributions and willing hands to help us set up, serve and clean up,” he said.

Those willing to donate or needing more information are welcome to talk with Hammons by calling 812-820-9430 or 812-752-4372 or by calling Erika Smith at 812-820-3538.


All welcome to participate in or attend Austin Christmas parade, open house PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:29




Everyone is invited to attend the annual Austin Christmas parade and open house on Saturday, December 3.

The Austin parade will begin at 1 p.m., stepping off from the corner of Broadway Street and U.S. Highway 31 North. Entries led by the Austin High School Band will march south on U.S. 31 to the first entry to the grounds of Austin Upper Elementary, the elementary school and Rigel Gym. Dispersal will take place by the gym.

Santa Claus will come to Austin once again in this parade.

There's a reason for following the parade to what was Austin's original high school. At the gym in that building, a city-wide open house will be hosted by the Austin Beautification Committee immediately after the parade.

Christmas music will be performed during the open house, and children will enjoy visiting with Santa Claus while munching on treats that will be served.

Members of the City of Austin Beautification Committee are sponsoring this year’s parade and the open house. Residents are encouraged to line the route along U.S. 31 and enjoy this holiday tradition.

For more information or to learn how to participate in this year's parade, call the Austin Mayor's Office at 812-794-6646.




Four hurt in crashes investigated by Sheriff’s Office and Scottsburg police officers PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:27



An injury accident that occurred on Tuesday, November 8, on State Road 3 and Bittersweet Lane in Lexington Township drew emergency personnel to the scene.

Deputies Shawn Mayer, Joe Johnson and Rodney Rudder were dispatched to the site just after 4:30 p.m.

Driver Shelly M. Elam, 30, Blocher, was in no shape to give a statement to Deputy Mayer, but her passenger, Michael Miller, also of Blocher, told the officer that the couple had been arguing before the 2000 Toyota Corolla went off the road, entering a ditch line. The car struck an embankment as well as road signs, a guide wire and a brick column for a privately-owned mailbox.

Miller said neither he nor Elam were wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck. Elam was thrown from the car and suffered multiple injuries. She was stabilized at the scene by Scott County EMS personnel and then transported to Scott Memorial Hospital.

According to the accident report, Elam was to be cited for two infractions and three misdemeanor offenses in connection with the accident.

Property damage was estimated at up to $10,000.

On Wednesday, November 9, Scottsburg Sgt. Rodney Watts and Deputies Joe Guarneri and Rex Herald were called to the scene of an accident on State Road 56 West about 150 feet north of Park Drive just before 4:30 p.m.

From what Sgt. Watts gathered, 17-year-old Hannah J. Shouse, Underwood, was attempting to enter S.R. 56 from a church access road and travel west. She said a motorist in a lane of backed-up eastbound traffic waved her out, but as she entered the left lane, a 2010 Dodge Caliber being driven east by Brenda J. Singleton, 66, Crothersville, struck her 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Shouse suffered head pain, and Singleton experienced pain in her knee/lower leg/foot. Both were treated by Scott County EMS technicians and Scottsburg First Responders.

The vehicles’ damage was estimated at up to $25,000 by Sgt. Watts.

Failure to yield to on-coming traffic was also a factor in the crash that occurred at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, on S.R. 56 200 feet west of the I-65 interchange.

In this accident, a 1995 Olds Silhouette driven by Linda S. Hammill, 64, Scottsburg reportedly entered S.R. 56 West from the access road to Hampton Inn and Suite. The car entered the westbound lanes and was struck by an on-coming 2013 Kia Soul driven by Nora L. Stacy, 50, Austin.

That impact caused the Olds to spin and enter the McDonald’s Restaurant entry road. Then, the car traveled backward onto S.R. 56 and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander driven by Craig J. Jungemann, 62, Indianapolis.

Hammill was shaken by the accident and could not give Sgt. Brian Hall as statement. Information was received from both Stacy and Jungemann.

Scott County EMS technicians and Scottsburg First Responders went to the scene and assisted Stacy, who experienced unspecified pain. Hammill refused medical attention at the scene, the officer’s report stated.

Property damage was estimated at up to $25,000.


Courtyard Christmas 'Cards to Community' a popular project this season PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 November 2016 16:26



Get ready for quite a display of holiday cheer, Scott County!

At least 20 oversized Christmas cards will be among new decorations that will be placed along Honeyrun Parkway on the east side of the I-65 interchange.

The cards are being created by businesses and groups who want to express their best wishes to the community this Christmas.

At last count, the cards, made of four-by-four foot pieces of plywood and either painted or overlayed with a “wrap,” will include ones created by members of the Scott County Moose Family Center and Lodge 2324, eight of the city’s departments, Goin’ Postal, ILPEA Industries, St. James Community Apartments, National Youth Advocacy Program (NYAP), New Washington State Bank, Denny’s Restaurant, REMAX realtor Lesa Jones, the Scott County Visitors Commission, JJ’s Tax Service, Light It Up Inc. and surveyor Mark Gardner.

“It’s kind of amazing how this has caught on,” related Jessica Jones, administrative assistant to Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham and a member of the Courtyard Christmas Committee. The committee is organizing the Courtyard Christmas festivities on Saturday, November 26, in downtown Scottsburg.

Each card is due at Scottsburg City Hall by Monday, November 21, advised Jones. That’s because the committee needs a little time to organize the display and get the spotlights set up that will illuminate the collection at night.

All of the cards will be in place by November 26 and will remain until the end of the holiday season.

Courtyard Christmas organizers are also working hard to dress up the courtyard square with lighted trees and a castle.


“It’s one of the original pieces that is made of wrought iron and lighted with strands of bulbs. I can remember it as a child, and I always liked it. We’re getting it prepped now to be installed in the courtyard over one of the sidewalks so people can walk through it and take selfies,” Jones advised.

Santa’s House will also be a part of the holiday landscape. Not only will Mr. and Mrs. Claus be there after the lighted parade on November 26 but also Santa will be back December 3, 10 and 17 to visit with children from 3 to 6 p.m.

The lighted parade will step off at 6 p.m. from the parking lot at Scottsburg Elementary and head east along State Road 56 (McClain Avenue) to wind around the downtown square and back west on Wardell Street.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will disembark on the south side of the courthouse and walk through the crowd to Santa’s House on the north side after greeting Mayor Graham at the gazebo. The mayor will order his elves to light up the square prior to the start of the parade.

All in all, it should be a delightful evening for the young and young-at-heart.

Any group, business or individual wanting to participate in the lighted parade is welcome to call the Mayor’s Office at 812-752-3169 for more information.

“We’re inviting everyone downtown to enjoy kicking off the holidays!” said Jones.

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