Hey! Isn't that a...?! Arts Council officer's efforts earns county its own bison-tennial critter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:44

 

 

This story contains no bull. Rather, it's about one which has come to roost, so to speak, in downtown Scottsburg.

Our story starts with April Ramoni, an officer of the Scott County Arts Council and enthusiastic supporter of all things art. She was contacted by Jaime Toppe, director of the Scott County Community Foundation, who had discovered a BISON-TENNIAL contest being conducted by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in honor of the state's Bicentennial birthday.

All you had to do is fill out an application form, telling why you thought your county/organization would like to have its own life-size fiberglass statue of a bison.

Seems easy enough, right?

“And it was, but it still took me a good 1½ hours to complete on-line. So, I sat in my backyard and came up with what we (Ramoni and husband Greg) thought was a good application,” Ramoni related.

Which is why she found herself making a five-minute presentation on June 15 in front of the IPA committee charged with selecting a winner from the five finalists chosen. Five minutes, five slides and plenty of persuasion went into Ramoni's talk about her home county.

“We used our Arts Council slides of people doing the crosswalk art, the pocket park and the barn mural at the county museum to show committee members that we all work together down here to get things done. And I purposely left one slide blank to symbolize our continuing hopes for making Scott County a better community,” she explained.

Ramoni wowed the IPA. “You could track the votes as they came in. We won by a considerable margin,” she reported.

Originally, the IPA was going to rent a trailer and bring the bison to Scott County. Instead, Ramoni and SCAC member, volunteer and all-around good guy Scott McDill went up in McDill's pickup truck, loaded the bison, strapped him down and started heading south on Interstate 65.

“People laughed, looked startled and puzzled. They pointed and took pictures. It was quite a ride home,” Ramoni advised. “We got lots of thumbs-up!”

Arriving in Scottsburg, the bison was unloaded and established on the lawn of Heacock's Eastside Art Gallery, located just east of the downtown square on McClain Avenue (State Road 56).

So, what does one do with an unpainted statue of a full-size buffalo?

Fortunately, the Arts Council is making plans.

First, the bison will be making the rounds of local festivals, the Scott County Fair and schools. At least 200 people will get a chance to help paint him, which makes sense since the whole contest is part of Indiana's celebration of its Bicentennial.

Also, we will be naming the beast. Children and adults will be able to submit potential winning names, with the winner announced on Friday, September 16, the day that the Bicentennial torch relay will make its way through Scott County.

So, get your thinking caps on because it's got to be a good name.

And the bison will have to find a permanent home somewhere so everyone will be able to enjoy him, maybe even get pictures taken with him. Caution: he's a little big for a selfie.

But he poses so well!

 

 
U.S. 31 roadwork requiring route change for 2016 'Come to Fair' parade on July 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:41

 

 

Roadwork which has shut down the northbound lanes on U.S. Highway 31 through nearly all of Scottsburg has caused members of the Scott County Fair Board to change the route of the 2016 “Come to the Fair” parade on Sunday afternoon, July 10.

Parade Chairman Cody Smith apologized for late notification of the parade route change.

“But we felt it was necessary since the contractor for the U.S. 31 work cannot guarantee all of the highway's lanes will be open in time for the fair parade. We want this to be a fun event for all, but we especially want it to be safe for all, too,” Smith stated.

Additionally, the prohibition against parking around the downtown square is still in effect. No vehicle can be left on South First and Wardell Sts. This rule is for the safety of spectators and fair parade participants.

All parade entries must still register by 2:30 p.m. that Sunday at the U.S. Postal Service facility's parking lot on West McClain Avenue (State Road 56). Those signing up by this deadline will be eligible for trophies in one of several categories, including fire departments; automobiles; commercial, civic or community organization; equestrian; Judges' Choice; tractor; and Best of Parade.

Only licensed operators will be allowed to drive vehicles in the parade, and all cars and trucks must be licensed.

For safety reasons, no one under age 18 may ride a bicycle, tricycle, motorcycle, moped, scooter, mini-bike, ATV or any other vehicle that parade officials may consider hazardous unless the rider is accompanied by a parent or guardian over the entire course of the parade.

There is no registration fee to participate in the parade. Award winners will be notified at the end of the route, and those awards may be picked up at the fair office before leaving the fairgrounds.

As has been in the past, as the parade starts off east on S.R. 56 toward the downtown Scottsburg square at 3 p.m., each category of entries will feed into the parade from side streets off the state highway.

Some of the route won't change. The parade will turn south on South First Street to the east of the Courthouse and then west on Wardell Street to the south of the Courthouse.

However, instead of continuing along Wardell St., the parade will turn south on South Main Street. It will follow S. Main St. to Lovers Lane Road, where it will turn west again to reach the U.S. 31 South intersection. From there it will continue west onto West Lake Road and then turn south again onto Riley Drive, where the parade will follow until entering the back of the fairgrounds and then dispersing.

The change means people are going to have to find new spots from which to view the event. Staff and directors of the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum welcome folks to use the parking lot there as well as a gravel lot by its barn just a little south of the museum. “People can set up their tents in our big front yard and the side yard if they'd like,” said museum director Jeanne Abbott. Visitors are asked to take all trash with them.

Fair parade spectators are asked to check with owners of businesses and privately-owned properties along South Main St. before parking to see the parade along its new route.

Reigning Miss Scott County Fair Queen Kaitlin Embrey will be featured in the parade along with pretty lasses hoping to win the 2016 crown and title. So will lots of vintage tractors, service vehicles, horse groups, politicians and floats of all sizes and shapes.

Anyone needing more information or wanting to register early must call Cody Smith at 1-812-599-9044 or email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Friday night fireworks will light up Austin skies at annual event PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:39

 

 

Don't forget to attend the annual Austin fireworks celebration on Friday night, July 1, on the grounds of Austin High School/Middle School.

The event is traditionally held on the Friday evening before July 4, giving families and friends a chance to celebrate the Independence Day a little early.

Generous donors help make this event possible each year. Booths will be set up by selected, non-profit groups and school-related organizations. Each will be selling treats such as popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, homemade ice cream, pizza and the like. All booths will be open by 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the school complex.

Free entertainment will fill the hours prior to the fireworks display. The musical lineup is being planned by Ray Bowling. Several bands will offer their talents. They include:

6-6:45 p.m.: F.E. Project.

7-7:45 p.m.: Clint Robinson Band.

8-9:00 p.m.: On the House.

9:15-10 p.m.: HotWired.

Planning to attend? Don't forget to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks show comfortably.

Parking will be available on the west side of the schools and nearby on the south side of Rigel Gym and at Austin Elementary School. Limited parking will be open on the east side of the schools.

For more information about the celebration, call the Mayor's office at 812-794-6646.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:40
 
Couple’s argument ends in knife wound, husband jailed and charged PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:14

An Austin couple’s argument ended June 11 with the husband arrested and charged with felony battery.

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Prisoner’s alleged aggressive actions leads to more felony charges against him PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

Alleged aggressive behavior by an inmate at the Scott County Security Center recently has resulted in more charges filed against him.

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