Free food distributions are offered monthly in Austin and Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:02


Two free monthly food distributions are held each month at Austin and Scottsburg church properties.

The food distribution that will be held at the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Austin is planned for Friday, January 8. It is located on the northeast corner of West Cherry and South Second Streets.

On Friday, January 22, a free distribution of food will take place at The Rock, the Scottsburg First Christian Church shelterhouse which is located south of Scottsburg High School on the west side of U.S. Highway 31.

Both distributions are offered through the efforts of the Nelson Spaulding Community Clearinghouse and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.

Doors at both locations will open at 8 a.m. on those designated Fridays. Starting at that time, persons wishing to receive food can sign in and get a number. That number will be called when that person's turn in the distribution line is available. Hours for both distributions will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or until supplies are exhausted.

No smoking is allowed in or outside the buildings. Those needing to smoke must do so in their cars. People smoking on the grounds in Austin or Scottsburg will be asked to leave.

Questions about the distributions should be directed to the Clearinghouse by calling 812-752-0123.

Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:01

The Indiana Department of Education has reported that 53.5% of the students who took the ISTEP standardized test last year passed both the language arts and mathematics portions. 74.7 percent of students passed both sections in 2014. Officials say the new scores cannot be compared to previous years' scores because testing has changed. Lawmakers have been considering removing any negative influences the test scores might have on school districts and teacher pay.
The following is the percentages from the Scott County Schools:
Austin Elementary School 50.6% passed English, 42.5% passed Math
Johnson Elementary School 60% passed English, 62.1% passed Math
Lexington Elementary School 87.1% passed English, 80.6% passed Math
Scottsburg Elementary School 63.4% passed English, 54.9% passed Math
Vienna-Finley Elementary School 75.5% passed English, 79.3% passed Math
Crothersville Elementary School 83.8% passed English, 94.4% passed Math

Friends, family say goodbye to longtime county head librarian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:57

For years, Kathryn Nicholas was a familiar sight at the Scott County Public Library in downtown Scottsburg.

A 1941 Austin High School graduate and salutatorian of her graduating class, she first served as a library aide at the high school. In 1939, she was hired for a weekend job at the Scottsburg library at age 16. Her life revolved around working on the weekends at the Scottsburg building while staying with Rachel Wells, widow of Samuel Wells, a lawyer and owner of the county newspapers. Mrs. Wells first determined young Kathryn, who was an orphan, would make an excellent librarian and, as a member of the library board at that time, she recommended the tall, dark-haired girl. So, during the week, she lived with her grandparents in Austin and concentrated on her schooling, but she enjoyed those weekends.

Kathryn earned her first library certification in 1944, three years after she was hired full-time. For the next 53 years, Kathryn served as the friendly face of the county library system. After she took over the head librarian's job in 1946-47, Kathryn and her board bought an old bread truck and transformed it into a bookmobile. She also established small libraries in many of the county's one-room schoolhouses.

That was her goal in life, noted close friend Joe Smith. “She made sure the county's children had access to books. We even had home libraries she started in areas of the county, so children who lived far away from town could visit a neighbor and get a new book to read,” he explained. Smith was very familiar with the schoolhouse libraries; he became the Sunnyside School's librarian at age eight, earning two pennies per book he loaned out.

“Kathryn and Nick (Harold Nicholas, her late husband) weren't blessed with children of their own, but, believe me, they had lots and lots of children they helped,” advised Smith.

The Scottsburg Library had been established in 1921 with books purchased by its board from a private collector. Kathryn realized how valuable some of those books were and, in her capacity as head librarian, helped preserve many of the volumes.

To continue her education in library science, Kathryn took certification classes over the years at the old Indiana Central College and at Indiana University Southeast.

The Nicholases were devoted members of Scottsburg First Christian Church. Kathryn was also a member of the Indiana Library Federation and Friends of the Library as well as the Scott County Historical Society and an honor member of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. She was also a member of Scottsburg Order of Eastern Star Chapter 107 for over 50 years.

To her friends and those she worked with, she was a kind-hearted person with a wonderful personality topped off by an excellent brain. Her organizational skills were amazing. To her extended family, she was always Aunt Kathryn.

Preceding her in death was her husband and her parents, Roy and Captole Brittain Disney as well as a sister, Alma Baird.

Survivors include nephews and nieces and their children as well as special friends.

Visitation and the funeral service were conducted at the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Saturday, January 2. Joe Smith, Phil LaMaster and John Lowry officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the funeral home staff to benefit Scottsburg First Christian Church.

On-line condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting



Lane Closures and Changes on I-65 Between Scottsburg and Henryville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:53


The Indiana Department of Transportation closed single lanes on Interstate 65 between Scottsburg and Henryville this week for daytime and nighttime pavement patching.  Restrictions between mile markers 24.5 and 21.0 are in effect through Friday (JANUARY 8) at 6 p.m.

  • Southbound I-65 right lane closure from mile marker 24.0 to 21.0—this will complete asphalt patching to the south end of the project (mile marker 19.5)
  • Northbound I-65 left lane closure from mile marker 21.5 to 24.5—this will complete asphalt patching to the north end of the project (mile marker 29.0)

Adjacent lanes will remain open to motorists throughout the patching operation.  Lane widths will be narrowed from 12 to 11 feet.

A median crossover at the construction site for bridge replacement at Brownstown Road (22.0 mile marker) will remain in effect.  Drivers should anticipate traffic switches on either side of the twin bridges.

E & B Paving is INDOT’s prime contractor for this $12,385,500 asphalt resurface and bridge replacement project along 9.76 miles of I-65 in Scott and Clark Counties.

INDOT officials note that pavement patching should be completed by mid-week next week—weather permitting.  Bridge work at Brownstown Road will continue through the winter months.

Stay informed.  Updated information and a map of the closure are available on the Indiana Department of Transportation TrafficWise service at Roadway information is also available by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.  Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Twitter at and on Facebook at

Friends, family say goodbye to longtime county head librarian Kathryn Nicholas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:10

For years, Kathryn Nicholas was a familiar sight at the Scott County Public Library in downtown Scottsburg.

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