Women from Salem and Columbus among recent drug-related arrests recorded PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:25

Two women, one from Salem and a second from Columbus, were among people recently arrested for drug-related offenses.

SR 356 Bridge To Close For Up To 120 Days Starting Monday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 25 April 2016 14:03

SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.—State Road 356’s bridge over Woods Fork Creek northeast of Lexington is scheduled to close next Monday (MAY 2) for up to 120 days. Indiana Department of Transportation plans call for demolishing the existing bridge—located 3.13 miles east of S.R. 203 in Scott County—and replacing it with a new 105-foot single-span structure.

A state highway detour will route motorists around the closure site via S.R. 62, S.R. 56 and S.R. 203.

South Hardy Mill Road will also close next Monday at its intersection with S.R. 356 near the bridge.

McAlister Excavating is INDOT’s contractor for this $1,017,814 bridge replacement project.

The Patriot-Indiana contractor is charged with building a new composite pre-stressed concrete bulb-T beam bridge measuring 31½ feet side-to-side. This wider width will accommodate two 11-foot lanes with 4½-foot shoulders.

The state’s contract calls for bridge and roads to reopen by mid-November.

Traffic count for S.R. 356 is 470 vehicles per day.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.

Hearing set April 27 on buildings eligible for Blight Elimination Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 25 April 2016 08:55



Austin city officials along with staff of ARa have scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, concerning 20 buildings and homes eligible for tear-down through the city's Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The City of Austin recently won a grant of $392,000 through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Through this grant, structures deemed unsafe and/or abandoned and vacant may be purchased by the Austin Redevelopment Commission (ARC) and then torn down. The cleared properties may then be sold by the ARC, with proceeds being channeled back into the BEP.

Those properties targeted under BEP include:

458 West Maple Street

1253 North Church Street

219 Paulanna Avenue

232 East Main Street (State Road 256)

1316 West Gibson Drive

180 Paulanna Avenue

338 South Third Street

49 North High Street

1266 Pearl Street

503 Cross Street

95 Rural Street

136 Wilbur Avenue

971 North Second Street

1027 North Third Street

180 North Street

410 Broadway Street

331 Wilbur Avenue

285 Broadway Street

990 Mann Avenue

825 Mann Avenue

Through BEP, property owners are offered $6,000 for a building with no basement or $10,000 for a building with a basement.

The goal of BEP is to eliminate the number of blighted and abandoned homes in the community. Acquisition and demolition of the structures will aid in stabilization of neighborhood property values, prevent avoidable foreclosures and assist in keeping areas safe.

All interested persons are welcome to attend the April 27 public hearing. It will be held at Austin City Hall, 82 West Main Street.

Those with specific questions about properties listed for BEP inclusion may call Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646. Those with questions about the Blight Elimination Program can visit http://www.877GetHope.org/blight or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The City of Austin is a member of ARa, which aids the city with obtaining grants and administering grant programs.

Women from Salem and Columbus among recent drug-related arrests recorded PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 25 April 2016 08:52



Two women, one from Salem and a second from Columbus, were among people recently arrested for drug-related offenses.

Brittany E. Cheatham, 33, Salem, was taken into custody on April 15 in Scottsburg. Deputy Joe Johnson stopped a gold-colored Chrysler because of the expired license plate the car was displaying.

Deputy Johnson soon learned that the driver, Cheatham, had an expired driver license nor could she provide proof of insurance coverage. She was ticketed for the offenses and the car was impounded.

When the vehicle was inventoried, Deputy Johnson said three baggies of methamphetamine were located. Drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam pills and Suboxone strips were also found, the probable cause affidavit related.

Cheatham was charged in Scott Superior Court with possession of the methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both Level 6 felonies, and possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Her initial court hearing was conducted on April 15. A preliminary not guilty plea was entered for her, and an initial jury trial date of July 14 was scheduled by Judge Marsha Owens Howser.

Cheatham's bond is $15,000 if posted by a corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, Deputy Paul Clute stopped a Pontiac Grand Am for displaying a false or fictitious license plate at the Austin I-65 interchange.

Driver Mechelle A. Carroll, 46, Columbus, did not have a valid driver license and there was no proof of insurance for the car. Deputy Clute advised the woman that he was going to impound the car and asked her to step out of it.

Deputy Clute said he found a white pill laying on the car's center console. It turned out to be Methadone. An additional eight pills were found elsewhere as was a glass pipe coated with white residue.

The officer placed Carroll under arrest for the controlled substance and paraphernalia and also wrote her three tickets for infractions.

Carroll's initial hearing was held in Superior Court on Monday, April 18. With the preliminary not guilty plea entered, she was assigned an initial jury trial date of July 14 and the services of a public defender.

Carroll was released the same day after filing a cash bond of $1,500.


Scott County School District 2 Invites All to Annual Retirement Dinner May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:51



Scott County School District 2 will host the annual Retirement Dinner to recognize retiring faculty and staff on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons at Scottsburg High School. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program recognizing this year’s retirees.

Anyone who would like to attend the evening’s festivities and celebrate the careers of our honored guests is encouraged to attend. There is a $10 dinner charge for any adult who is not an SCSD2 employee and a $5 charge for students K-12. Checks should be made payable to SCSD2 and can dropped by the Business Office during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or mailed to Connie Rose, 375 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN 47170 by May 6th.

Superintendent Marc Slaton stated, “We hope that past SCSD2 employees, former students, community members, along with friends and family of our current retirees will join us to help make this a very special evening. We do ask that anyone who would like to attend make proper arrangements by May 6th in order for meal preparations to be made.”

Presently slated to retire are: (At this time we do not know which retirees plan to attend the banquet)

Margie Carey - Scottsburg High School (2013 - 2015) - 2 Years

Ed Cozart - Johnson Elementary School (1990 - 2015) - 25 Years

Eldon Cutter - Scottsburg Middle School (2000 - 2015) - 15 Years

Maxine Hall - Vienna-Finley Elementary School (1994 - 2015) - 21 Years

Melinda Hobson - Scottsburg High School (1993 - 2016) - 23 Years

Doris Marcum - Johnson Elementary School (1971 - 2016) - 45 Years

Al Rabe - Scottsburg High School (2012 - 2016) - 4 Years

Lisa Vaughn - Scottsburg Middle School (1978 - 2016) - 38 Years

Mary Lou Ward - Johnson Elementary School (1986 - 2016) - 30 Years


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