‘Milky Way Road’ now new label for old South Lake Road North in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:51


There’s a new road in Scottsburg.

Actually, it’s an old road, which offered the fairly confusing moniker of South Lake Road North.

Now, it’s going to be labeled “Milky Way Road,” all 1½ miles of it stretching from State Road 56 West past Wal-Mart and the Scottsburg Police Department and Fire Station 1 to where the pavement curves at the entrance of Tokuson USA Inc.

The decision was made during the third reading of an ordinance on Monday evening, November 21. The approval process had been stretched through three business sessions of the Scottsburg City Council.

The basis for the change came from conversations city officials had with owners of Goat Milk Stuff, also located along the affected section. The Jonases ship and mail a lot of their merchandise. They also receive a lot of deliveries. Delivery companies like FedEx and UPS were constantly calling, trying to figure out where the business was located. Apparently, South Lake Road North was also confusing to the professionals. Go figure!

Consequently, city attorney Kerry Thompson was directed to prepare an ordinance. This document, however, designated all of the road between State Road 56 West to where it connects to Moonglo Road further north as Wilson Road. This change would uniformly clarify addresses for 9-1-1 and emergency services personnel, it was determined.

Councilman John Konkler got more involved in the issue after a resident along the section of road after that first curve by Tokuson complained about the name change. Michael Smith attended both of the first two business meetings where the original ordinance was read and passed on its first two readings. Changing Weir Road to Wilson Road would cause him problems, Smith explained, since he too had an on-line business. Making all of the address changes would be costly, he pointed out.

Now, let’s go back a little further in time, back to the 1990s when the Tokuson facility wasn’t even built yet. A Japanese firm, Kokoku, wanted to buy the property and build its factory there. To do so required a zoning change, of course, and that step was fought by many homeowners in the area, including the owners of the two homes on that section of Weir Road between the road’s two curves. Those homes would face the factory, those residents argued. Property values could be affected, they thought.

To placate them, city officials promised not to annex those residences into Scottsburg. That’s the way things have stood until the renaming of South Lake Road North was contemplated this fall.

Not only does the agreement worked out by Councilman Konkler include renaming the affected section Milky Way Road but also it includes leaving the sections of Weir Road and Wilson Roads with their present names. And the two homes on Weir Road will be annexed into the city.

Konkler presented the amendments to the ordinance on its third reading that Monday night, pretty much taking his fellow Council members and Mayor Bill Graham by surprise.

Since the compromise was not opposed by anyone at the November 21 meeting and it eliminated Smith’s objections as well as gaining Scottsburg a tiny section of property already surrounded by the city, it passed unanimously. Smith appeared relieved. He was again present to see how the compromise would be addressed.

It’s not known how quickly the City of Scottsburg will be in changing road signs. Expense is expected to be incurred by the police and fire departments as staff there make the necessary changes in addresses.


All invited to 2016 Austin Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:49


Everyone is invited to attend the annual Austin Christmas parade and city open house this 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 begin 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.

There is still time to sign up to participate in the parade. Get information by calling the Austin Mayor's Office at 812-794-6646.

Local Ivy Tech students seriously injured in Monday night Interstate 65 accident PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:47



Two young men have their families and friends praying for their recoveries after both were badly injured in an accident that occurred after a Monday night rainstorm on Interstate 65.

The accident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

The red Chevy pickup truck was being driven by Dakota “Koty” Baker of Austin. His passenger was Mitchel S. Sebastian of Scottsburg. Both are students at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and were returning to their homes after attending classes.

Around the northbound 27 mile marker, the pickup may have hit standing water since heavy rain had hit the area that evening. The truck apparently crossed the median and struck a southbound semi-tractor-trailer rig driven by Fnu Rhamatullah of Carol Stream, Il.

Scottsburg volunteer firemen and First Responders, Scott County EMS and deputies with the Sheriff’s Department raced to the scene with Indiana State Police troopers. Extrication from the wreckage was required for both of the young men. Stabilized at the scene, each was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital.

At the hospital, Baker was taken into surgery. Reports indicate that both arms were broken as well as ribs and his pelvis. His friend suffered a brain bleed, which was reported to be under control, as well as broken ribs, pelvis and back.

Both were listed in critical condition earlier this week.

The semi-tractor driver was not injured in the mishap.

The crash caused a traffic back-up on the interstate. Southbound lanes were closed for four hours.

Trp. Chris Tucker stated that the investigation is on-going.



Scottsburg parade winners receive trophies for creative efforts to light up downtown PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:45


Lots of lights were used to good effect in this year’s lighted parade in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday night, November 26.

And there was a lot of creativity among the floats, too. Judges quickly selected their favorites, noting the crowd’s response to entries to select the winner of Best Overall.

That honor went to Tom Maguire, who recreated The Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame to the delight of young and old spectators.

And nearly everyone threw candy to the crowds!

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrived in their sleigh at the downtown courtyard immediately after Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham and 2016 Miss Scott County Fair Queen Mallorie Mayer pulled up in a carriage drawn by two palomino draft horses.

Winners in the parade also included C3BB, the city-owned high-speed wireless internet utility in the Best Car/Truck category. Staff and friends dressed as favorite Christmas characters.

Girl Scouts of America Troop 1747 brought a huge birthday cake to the parade, celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday with everyone. The entry won Best Church/Organization this year.

Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department entered their light- and flag-strewn fire engine, which is painted a serene blue. The firemen won Best Fire Department for their efforts.

The trophy for Best Business was won by the float entered by Persimmon Ridge Primitives, a shop located on U.S. 31 South.

All who entered were thanked for their participation by Mayor Graham. Before the Clauses slipped off to their workshop, they and Queen Mallorie helped the Mayor turn on the lights around the square and at Lake Iola.

Though the weather was crisp, it didn’t prevent people from coming downtown that evening. Lots of parents waited patiently with their children to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be back today (Saturday) to visit with youngsters from 3 to 6 p.m. His workshop is located northeast of the courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.

Others opted for a free carriage ride provided by the Scottsburg Beautification Committee. Two matched white mules were used to pull the white carriage through Scottsburg.

Decorations on the courtyard and the lake will remain lighted through January 1.


Indiana Rural School Clinic Network opening facility in Austin for students PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:42


A school-based health clinic in Austin will be opening its doors in 2017.

Created through a partnership with the Indiana Rural School Clinic Network (IRSCN) and school districts in Austin, Crothersville and Hanover, the clinic will combine in-person care along with the new version of healthcare, telehealth.

Rural residents and low-income families often face difficulties in accessing quality healthcare for their children. The new IRSCN will focus on serving for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who are enrolled in the three participating school districts. parents can also use the clinic for acute needs. Students, however, will always be seen first before other patients.

Additional information about the clinic will be released in coming weeks, Scott School District 1 school officials said.

In announcing the new clinic, IRSCN executive director Don Kelso explained that the rural telehealth network will offer parents the opportunity to be linked with physicians for in-school primary healthcare.

Telehealth, essentially long-distance or remote diagnosis via technology, is a new concept for Indiana, Kelso noted.

“For this particular clinic, students can be seen either at the onsite school clinic in Austin or via (the) telehealth (system) by the same providers. When a child is sick, he or she will go to the school nurse. The nurse makes the decision on whether the child needs to be seen by a doctor. If so, the parent is called and asked if he/she wishes to join the visit,” explained Jenni Hill, IRSCN manager.

Parental/guardian consent forms to participate in the new system have already been completed by the school districts. Consequently, the school nurse can schedule the onsite or telehealth virtual appointment for the sick child.

If the child needs to be seen by a doctor, a school representative will transport the child to the clinic.

The telehealth system allows the child to be examined by the school nurse so that a good decision can be made on how to properly handle the child’s problem. “During the telehealth process, the nurse is basically the doctor’s hands and can perform non-invasive scopes and other diagnostic equipment. The doctor can then diagnose and call in prescriptions for the child as needed,” explained Hill.

In Austin, the clinic will be housed in the original administration building, located at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 31 South and Howard Street. Parking for visitors will be located behind the brick building off Howard St.

The structure used to house the Austin Police Department. Work has been under way for several weeks to transform it into the new health clinic.

The Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic is the second school-based telehealth clinic to open in Indiana. The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) received a planning grant last June to establish school-based telehealth clinics. Such clinics can provide resources and support for current and future school-based health clinics. The community of Elwood in northwest Indiana has been operating its clinic since early September. Six more school systems are expected to add school-based telehealth this school year.

“Delivering high-quality healthcare to rural school children is a pressing need across Indiana. The state presently lags behind other states which have allocated funding specifically for school-based health clinics. IRHA’s goal is to change that, and we will take initial steps to achieve this through the implementation of IRSCN and the use of telehealth technology,” advised Kelso.

He added, “Through IRSCN and our grants, we can bring the next level of medical care to our youngest Indiana residents and establish telehealth best practices as we move forward.”

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