90 seniors in Austin High School Class of 2017 scheduled to graduate Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:02




A total of 90 seniors in the Austin High School (AHS) Class of 2017 will don robes and mortar board hats this Friday night, May 26, and become alumni of their hometown high school.

The graduation program will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Lady Eagles Gym. Family members and friends are advised to come early to obtain adequate seating in the gym. Parking will be offered to the east and west of the high school/middle school facility as well as at nearby Austin Elementary School and around Rigel Gym.

Live television coverage of the event will be offered on Warner Cable/Spectrum Community Channel 25 starting at that time. Student members and staff of Scottcounty.tv will be providing that coverage.

The Class of 2017 selected the motto “Our lives are before us. Our past is behind us. But our memories are forever with us.” Class colors are black, silver and red, and singer Luke Bryan’s song “Fast” is the class song. The class flower is the white rose.

Class officers are President Donnie Charles Goodin; Vice President Jakeb Nathaniel Watts; secretary Leah Grace White; and treasurer Kami Rhae Owens. Class sponsors are Joyce Bush and Keith Henderson.

As the seniors walk into the gym, the AHS band will play the processional. Opening remarks will be provided by Shelby Elizabeth Cole. The AHS choir will sing “Time of My Life” featuring soloist Jacob Shadburn, a senior.

Student addresses will be presented by seniors Jakeb Watts, Kami Owens and Skyler Dawn Coomer.

AHS Principal Ryan Herald will introduce the Class of 2017 with Superintendent Robert D. Anderson presenting high school diplomas. Dr. Joseph E. Wayne of Ivy Tech Community College awarding associate degree certificates to the 34 students who graduated from the two-year Ivy Tech High School Academy while attending AHS.

Class President Donnie Goodin will then address his classmates and lead them in the traditional ring and tassel ceremonies. Shelby Cole will offer closing remarks. The new graduates can be offered congratulations by audience members following the recessional.

Graduates arranged alphabetically include:

Parker Townsend Wilson Adams, Brooklynne Nicole Akers, Keeton Steven Ashby, Meagan Marie Ashley, Brodi Joe Allen Baker, Kody Batman, Gabriel Anthony Lee Beck, Leanna Nicole Berlin, Jessica Raye Bowling, Jacob Scott Bowman.

Evan Brindley, Shelby M. Brooks, Isaiah Allen Burnett, Michayla Marie Campbell, Treasure Michelle Campbell Cole, Kaylin Leigh Carter, Logan J. Caudill, Michael Dalton Cissell, Shelby Elizabeth Cole, Skyler Dawn Coomer.

Jarrod Couch, Kirk Alexander Jasper Couch, Tanner Jordan Craig, Gerald A. Dickson, Avery L. Dunn, Taylor Alexandria Elliott, Sarah Elizabeth Farr, Darel Wayne Fox, Kailey Elizabeth Fugate, Donnie Charles Goodin.

Jacqueline Jo Goodman, Taylor Renee Guill, Allena Elizabeth Hall, Braedy Alexis Hall, Koby A. Hawkins, Carl Hollon, Cassidy Nora Hunt, Rachelle Lynn Jones, Micky Christopher Kearns, Ethan William Love.

Allison Blaker Marshall, Samantha Paige Marshall, Briana N. May, Kendra Cheyanne Renee May, Cory Nicholas Wade McIntosh, Trevor Ron McIntosh, Jordan Allen Meadows, Alexander Chase Miner, Codie Ann Mosley, Gavin Reece Napier.

Courtney Dawn Ilene Neace, Raleigh I. Neace, Lindsey Ann Neace, Mackenzie Nicole Norton, Kami Rhae Owens, Adam Wayne Parker, Alexa Dawn Parker, Joshua D. Pelston, Jessica L. Riley, Natasha Nicole Riley.

Troy Y. Riley, Sean A. Robbins, Jaclyn Nichole Royalty, Benjamin Alexander Rusch, Trenton James Dale Salyers, Haleigh Michelle Satterwhite, Jacob Ray Shadburn, Brooklyn Sierra Simms, Abby Lynn Smith, Connor Reece Smith.

Shelby Lynn Spencer, Alyssa AM Stevens, Nathan Robert Stewart, Mariah Mae Surber, Brison Drake Turner, Shanda Joy Renee Turner, Brittany Nickole Vires, Akaya Lynn Walker, Devin J. Ward, Brittany Necole Watts.

Jakeb Nathaniel Watts, Alicia Mae White, Cody T. White, Jacob Noah White, Jason G.A.K. White, Kristopher Jerome Scott White, Leah Grace White, Madyson Mckinley White, Landon Shane Wooten and Zachary Connor Wooten.




Reception for Estelle Chandler planned Monday, June 5, at Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:46



Trying to interview Estelle Chandler is like following an unfamiliar, winding path: you never know where the conversation is going to lead.

Sitting in the Austin home she shared so many years with her late husband, Ellsworth, Estelle is the epitomy of a sweet little old lady. Except this sweet old lady remains determined to meet life head-on, her fingers busy with crafts, canning and baking and her mind filled with plans.

Plans to visit her busy grandsons and their families, plans to travel to her family’s annual reunion in Kentucky, plans for her weekly trip to the Ross Country Jamboree in downtown Scottsburg, for gardening and surprising friends with little gifts of cookies, zucchini bread and her prized bread and butter pickles. That woman has more plans than a dog has fleas!

Some of those friends have decided to make plans of their own and are honoring Estelle with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum. Mrs. Chandler will be 97 on Friday, June 2. Everyone who knows Estelle is invited to stop by and say hello and enjoy some refreshments. Birthday cards will be welcomed.

The museum is located at 1050 South Main Street in Scottsburg.

Though she’s lived in Austin since 1941, Estelle started like in Richmond, Ky. her family moved to Illinois when she was in grade school, and then her parents came to Austin in 1941 after she’d graduated from high school.

Estelle did what many women did during World War II: she worked in the factory of the old American Can Company in Austin. Among the friends she made there was the sister of Ellsworth Chandler, who introduced her to the likeable Army veteran. After the war, Ellsworth worked in the northern part of Indiana and came home frequently to visit.

The couple married on October 8, 1949, after Ellsworth had attended Hanover College and got his teaching license. They moved into a farmhouse on the edge of Austin. Five years later, they bought the house where Estelle continues to reside, surrounded by items he made and the chairs Ellsworth enjoyed caning.

Ellsworth went from teaching to being high school principal to superintendent of Scott School District 1. Estelle worked in the office of the old U.S. Shoe plant in Crothersville for 36 years. They raised Estelle’s son Robert, but they had plenty more kids in the students whose lives the couple touched, either through the local schools or Austin Christian Church.

In fact, Estelle was expecting a friendly invasion from the Austin High School Class of 1957 prior to the annual banquet that took place on May 20. “We invited them to come, and they keep coming back each year. Ellsworth was their class sponsor,” she advised.

Old age hasn’t dimmed Estelle’s optimistic, enthusiastic outlook on life. She finally got her garden planted, despite all the rain, and now looks forward to harvesting a bumper crop of cucumbers, beans, zucchini and tomatoes. She keeps her house tidy and ready for company, which drops in daily. And she talks to grandsons, their wives and her five great-grandchildren whenever their schedules allow.

“I know they’d rather I live in assisted living or something like it, but this is my house, and I like it here fine. I told them it was here or assisted living or Wesley Chapel Cemetery, whichever comes first!” she advised pragmatically.

As can be expected, Estelle is looking forward to the reception on June 5. “We’ll have a good time,” she promised.




Former Scott County Family YMCA operations manager dies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:43



A former operations manager of the Scott County Family YMCA, Ronald “Ron” Duane Grace Jr., 55, Scottsburg, died on Friday, May 19.

He had been in ill health for some time.

A native of Anderson, S.C., he served on the staff of the local YMCA for about five years. Grace had also managed restaurants in the Wendy’s and Burger King chains in other communities and the Scottsburg Cracker Barrel for 20-plus years. He and his family have lived in Scott County since 2006.

Among his survivors are his wife of 27 years, the former Kimberly Bistline; a son, Alex Grace of Scottsburg; a daughter, Katie Angel of Seymour; his mother, Stephany Grace of Anderson, S.C.; and two brothers.

Cremation has been selected followed by a private burial service at Woodland Cemetery in Clemson, S.C., on Sunday, May 28.

Memorial contributions for the family may be arranged through the staff of the Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg.

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




Austin housing rehab program can provide up to $15,000 to improve residences PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:41



Participating in the 2017 Austin Housing Rehabilitation Program (AHRP) can mean that up to $15,000 in repairs and improvements may be made to residences targeted for help.

The City of Austin received notice late in 2016 of the award of the grant program. The successful application was submitted on behalf of the city by Administrative Resources association (ARa), the organization of several cities and towns to which the city belongs. Victoria Dake is the ARa staff person who will be administering the program in Austin.

“We are very excited about being able to help people in the Austin community who own homes which need some improvements,” stated Dake. In similar, past rehabbing programs conducted in Austin, guttering, flooring, windows and doors have been replaced and roofs reshingled. Other improvements can include electric upgrades, attention to heating and cooling systems and plumbing, removal of lead-based paint hazards and several home modifications. Those changes can include accessibility ramps, bathroom upgrades for safety, door widening to accommodate wheelchairs, kitchen modifications and improved lighting.

. Such projects encourage more pride in home ownership, related Dake, as well as allow older residents to live more safely and comfortably in their homes.

Six homeowners are being sought to participate. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Application forms are available at the office of Mayor Dillo Bush at City Hall. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excepting holidays.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to call Dake at the ARa office at 812-376-9949. “We can provide applications and more information people will find helpful in getting their homes eligible,” she said.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

?Applicants must be 55 years of age or older or in a disabled household;

?Total household income will be considered under the program guidelines;

?Only single-family, owner-occupied homes will be considered;

?Homes must be on permanent foundations; most mobile homes will not qualify;

?Homes being purchased through contracted sales are not eligible;

?Homes must be insured; and

?Homes must be in need of modifications based on referral and/or a home assessment.

Any person interested in more information about the rehabilitation program is encouraged to visit the Mayor’s Office or call the office at 812-794-6646 or contact Dake at ARa as soon as possible.

“We anticipate the rehab program will begin this summer. Compiling a nice list of interested homeowners is our first step toward this start,” advised Dake.

36 Seniors to Graduate Friday night at Crothersville High School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:40



The 121st Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2017 will take place for 36 graduating seniors from Crothersville High School on Friday, May 26, at 8 p.m.

Opening remarks will be given by Class Secretary Tristan Maschino.

High School Principal David Schill will welcome the guests and present the announcements.

The Salutatorian Address was be presented by Gabby Walters.

The class history will be presented by Deven Lemen.

Madison Reynolds will be presenting the Valedictorian's Address.

A slide presentation entitled “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” will be presented.

Principal David Schill and Superintendent Dr. Terry Goodin will recognized the graduates and present them with their diplomas.

The transferring of tassels will be conducted by Keeley Keasler, class president.

Closing words will be conducted by Class Treasurer, Bailey Hines.

The recessional will be “Best Day of My Life”

The ushers for the graduation will be Zane Elliott, Kalynda Hoevener, Noah Hoskins and Kaitlyn Silvers.

Senior class officers are: President – Keeley Keasler; Vice-President – Madison Reynolds; Secretary – Tristan Maschino; and Treasurer - Bailey Hines.

Class sponsors are Valerie Mains and Kistian Reynolds.

Class motto is: “Our lives are before us, our pasts are behind us, our memories are forever with us.”

Class flower is the Gerbera Daisy. Class colors are scarlet, silver and white.

The following is a list of the 36 seniors that will be graduating this Friday night:

Brandon Duane Banks, Breanna Barger, Isaiah Burnett, Jamie Allen Eugene Buxton, Katrina Ann Christian, Brittany Reneee Clem, Trenton Cruz Collings, Allison Taylor Davidson, Jule Elsner, Holly Renee Engleking.

Seth Evrd Eversole, Jessie Glenn Fink, Mary Chrystal Groenenboom-Johnson, Imke Luise Martha Hartmann, Bailey Elizabeth Hines, Seth Leroy Hoevener, William Tyler Hoevener, Nina Marie Jaworek, Keeley Chelise Keasler.

Kashmir Breann Kelshaw, Noah Thomas Kodetzki, Deven McKay Lemen, Megan Locke, Brett Alan Andrew Lucas, Abby Joy Mains, Tristan Hope Maschino, Emily Nicole McCleery.

Robert John Conner O'Sullivan, Hannah Elizabeth Reynolds, Brady Alexander Riley, Brittany Elaine Ross, Jacob Tyler Rucker, Tosha Leoda Tincher, Gabriella Marie Walters, Hanna Maria Wyra.




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