K9 dog alerts to pills in car; more in man’s sock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:16

A deputy’s drug-sniffing partner aided in the original arrest of a man on September 16 after a routine traffic stop by an Austin officer.

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New Scottsburg Plaza at I-65 interchange will have Dollar Tree PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:15

A mall with three to four storefronts will be built on the north east side of the Interstate 65 interchange in Scottsburg.

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SHS, Ivy Tech partner to bring new college pathways to students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 22 September 2017 12:38

 

 

Scottsburg High School and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana are excited to announce a new partnership to bring several pathways to SHS students that go beyond the traditional college courses the high school has offered for several years.

For many years, SHS offered students the ability to earn more than 100 college credits before graduation. In the last year, the administration, guidance department, and Ivy Tech officials have worked together to bring multiple pathways for SHS students.

“This decision is not one size fits all,” said Shannon Mount, college and career counselor at Scott County School District 2.

The new pathways include a path for students to earn an Associate of General Studies; a path for students to earn 30 college credits toward a Statewide Transfer General Education Core; and a path for students that is fully customizable, so the student chooses which college course offerings that best align with their plans after high school graduation. SHS is also working with Ivy Tech to finalize a certificate in welding and advanced manufacturing. This welding and advanced manufacturing path will allow students to earn a certificate to use in the workforce after graduation.

The college courses in these new pathways will continue to be taught by our SHS staff, who are highly-qualified, Ivy Tech credentialed, and know and care about the students they serve each day in the classroom.

"Having our staff teach the majority of our college classes is what makes our model unique. Our teachers know our students and can push them and support them while taking rigorous courses,” Mount said.

Beyond the new pathways, SHS is pursuing certification to become the only Early College High School in the southeast Indiana region. The Early College High School model combines high school and college in a way that is rigorous but supportive while allowing students to earn a high school diploma and complete their first two years of college.

With the new pathways, SHS officials will be meeting with the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 as they will be the first classes to have the pathways opportunities. To bridge the programs, school officials will also meet with the Class of 2018 and the Class of 2019 to determine what paths are available and customize a plan that works for each student, including knowing what college classes transfer by state law and how to advocate for themselves during the college admissions process.

“We will work with students, one-on-one, to figure out what path is best for them,” Principal Ric Manns said.

SHS will be hosting parent and guardian nights share more information about the new college pathways, starting with repeating, brief informational sessions throughout the night of parent-teacher conferences. SHS will hold its parent-teacher conferences from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Enroll today to see how Scottsburg High School and Scott 2 can be “Your Path to a Brighter Future.” We’ve helped thousands of students find their path. We will help your students find theirs.

 

 
Austin Board of Works approves tap-on for new customer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 22 September 2017 12:29

 

 

Glen Gibson received permission from the Austin Board of Works and Public Safety to tap onto the city’s sewer line.

Gibson wanted to tap onto the line which serves Hardy Lake and customers along that route. To do so, he is required to install a grinder pump. The board approved that installation as well, directing city engineer Dave Eberenz to assist Gibson in his selection of a pump and the tap-on.

The city engineer also reported that bids are being advertised on a building to house phosphorus-removing equipment at the sewer plant. Those bids will be ready to be opened at the board’s October 9 meeting.

Eberenz told the board that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has delayed any announcement of road paving grants until the end of September. The grants were originally to have been announced at the end of August. The city has several streets selected for its next paving project, but nothing can be done until INDOT provides matching grants.

The performance of the flow meter on the new line serving Morgan Foods Inc. was discussed.

Eberenz had some good news for the board: Sewer Department personnel has been smoke-testing lines and has located several bad leaks. The engineer said repairs are being made.

With the recent addition of two new officers to the Austin Police Department, the board considered and then approved a promotion for Patrolman Scott McCoskey. McCoskey now has a sergeant’s ranking.

Officers added are Zachary Elliott and Cody Kelly. Elliott is now undergoing PERF (Public Employees Retirement Fund) testing. Once that procedure is completed for him, Kelly will be scrutinized by PERF for addition to the police staff.

 

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Development Plan approved for proposed Scottsburg Plaza at I-65 interchange PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 22 September 2017 12:25

 

 

A mall with three to four storefronts will be built on the north east side of the Interstate 65 interchange in Scottsburg.

Developer Scott Coots talked to members of the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) on Wednesday evening, September 13, about his plans for constructing the strip mall. Scottsburg Plaza will offer 15,500 square feet of commercial space, which Coots is currently working to fill.

The store which will “anchor” the new development will be a Dollar Tree, a very popular chain that offers all sorts of merchandise at low prices. Coots related that the chain wants the store open and operating by early next spring. “You’ll start seeing activity there (at the site) pretty soon,” he promised.

Most of the store space will be claimed by the Dollar Tree, but Coots said he hoped to attract a sit-down family restaurant as well.

The site of the development combines two former gas stations, commonly known for years as Dowd’s Chevron and Julian’s Standard. Because of new limitations placed on sidewalks within the right-of-way claimed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), there will not be a sidewalk installed. The development will meet its required number of parking spaces by using property accessible behind the store for overflow. That parking lot will be bordered by landscaping to buffer it from a row of duplexes. Parking will also be offered in front of Scottsburg Plaza, which will parallel State Road 56 West (West McClain Street).

According to April Ramoni, Executive Director of the APC, an entrance on the west side of the development will allow traffic ingress and egress. Currently, the roadway allows access to Stoplight Liquors and the Mariann Travel Inn.

“That helps clean up all those curb cuts that are currently along those properties,” noted Ramoni.

One issue about the development which involves the Scottsburg Redevelopment Commission (SRC) will be among the first to be addressed at the site. The SRC voted to allow up to $70,000 to move underground utility lines. The lines currently bisect the property, Coots related.

All new construction will be set back and in line with an existing carwash to its east. Coots welcomed any APC member to visit two similar projects he has completed in Jeffersonville. “We try to make our buildings attractive for the communities they serve,” he stated.

The four members of the seven-person APC all voted in favor of approving the Development Plan. “It will be a welcome asset to the city,” commented member Chris Wakeman.

 
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