Stucker Ditch study presentation set by Commissioners March 28 for public at SHS PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:11


Anyone interested in flooding currently happening in Scott County is invited to attend a presentation on Monday evening, March 28, at Scottsburg High School.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's commons.

The study completed late last year by staff of HWC Engineering has already been reviewed by members of the Scott County Drainage Board, Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

Knowing that facts gathered could affect its ability to obtain grants, the Drainage Board requested support from Commissioners. Commissioners in turn asked that the study's $40,000 price tag be paid by the County Council. Once Councilmen agreed to foot that bill, engineers fanned out on foot to track Stucker Ditch.

Stucker Fork drains at least 75% of Scott County from its beginnings in Lexington Township along its journey to the Muscatatuck River in Jennings Township. Flooding takes its toll on infrastructure and the bills to replace or repair those structures.

2015 was an excellent year to experience the effects of flooding in Scott County since two months were declared the wettest on record by the National Weather Service.

Over the years, flooding has taken acres of agricultural land out of production, and some property owners are now required to buy flood insurance. Subsidies for flood insurance premiums are beginning to disappear, so homeowners and farmers with land currently in flood plains may soon find themselves with unexpected expenses to keep their properties covered by insurance.

The study traces Stucker Ditch through farm and residential areas, showing how silting has caused excess surface water to flow out of its banks and onto roads, bridges, cropland and homes.

Strategies to correct most flooding are also covered as are the projected costs.

Robert Tobias, President of the Board of Commissioners and a member of the Drainage Board, expressed Commissioners' appreciation to the County Council for paying for the study, which has reportedly proved that dredging Stucker Ditch to bring it back to its original configuration will help retard local flooding.

“We feel the program on March 28 will prove interesting to farmers and homeowners alike, and we encourage people to learn as much as they can about the study and the steps needed to improve Scott County drainage,” Tobias stated.



Lexington's Englishton Park to Offer Summer Children’s Program PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:10



Englishton Park is gearing up for the 48th consecutive year of the Academic Remediation and Training Center, better known as the Children’s Summer Camp Program. Children from all over the southern half of Indiana annually find their way to our unique summer program for academically/emotionally challenged children ages 8-12 years old.

The Englishton Park Experience is one that has been especially designed for boys and girls who have shown through testing that they are smart enough to do normal school work but find themselves failing academically, emotionally and socially in school-type settings. The EP experience happens amid 300 acres of fields, forests and lakes where these children can discover they can be successful, they can make friends and are surrounded by caring encouraging people who think the two most important things are learning to have fun and that learning can be fun.

The four main goals of the program are to improve academic skills, change attitudes about learning, modify behavior interfering with learning in the classroom, and to experience success in school-type activities. Each child on arrival to camp is told specific behavior goals they will work on for the next 10 days. Children’s school records are studied and both an academic and behavior plan is set for each child. Children are divided by gender and age into four groups of 7-9 children and have three counselor/therapists who work with them the entire time they are at camp. Children earn points all day for demonstrating appropriate behaviors and can trade these points for pay-off activities, such as pool time.

Children spend each morning in academic classes which are held in non-traditional settings; math in the pool, geography/history in the barn, science under a huge old tree by the stone fence and language arts under another stately old tree. Individual learning is stressed in these classes. Lunch time is legendary, a time for personal and group awards, a time of smiles and laughter and togetherness. The afternoons, again in the same groups, are spent in the woods where group learning is stressed where a child will only be successful with the cooperation and help of others. The children build tree forts and clear a campsite, learn to use tools, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Also in the afternoon each child has two individual tutoring sessions to work on their biggest academic needs. Evenings are filled with pay-off activities, dinner, and an activity to emphasize team work and good sportsmanship.

In the Englishton Park Experience, each child is able to succeed at many things. When they go home they take all of their awards they have earned and all the things they have made, especially memories of great friends and great times. They have learned new skills and behaved in new ways. They like the new feelings they have about themselves and about learning. They are going to give school a fresh start.

For more information about Englishton Park Academic Remediation and Training Center (Summer Children’s Program) contact Thomas or Lisa Barnett, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check the webpage:

Two nights still open for 2016 County Fair; Board makes plans for displays PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 March 2016 11:08



Board members of the Scott County Fair Association are planning several grandstand activities sure to draw crowds, provided the weather cooperates.

Plans were outlined at the Fair Board's meeting on March 8.

The 2016 Scott County Fair will be held from Sunday, July 10, to Saturday, July 16.

The “Come to the Fair” Parade is scheduled for the afternoon of that Sunday.

Events already planned for that evening include the 2016 Little Miss and Little Master of Scott County competition and the 2016 Miss Scott County Fair Queen Pageant. Both will again be held at McClain Hall at Scottsburg High School.

At the fairgrounds grandstand, staff of the Brownstown Speedway will offer a night of racing.

Monday and Tuesday nights, July 11 and 12, are still open on the grandstand schedule.

Mini-stock and pure stock enduros are scheduled Wednesday night, July 13. Moto-cross action will take place on Thursday night, July 14, followed by the popular demolition derby on Friday, July 15.

On Saturday, July 16, the Battle of the Bluegrass truck and tractor pull will take place at the grandstand.

Board member Todd Richey reported that the Battle of Bluegrass promoter is attempting to develop a television series based on truck and tractor pulls. The promoter would also like to use the fairgrounds for a two-day end-of-the-season championship event, he advised.

This information was taken under advisement until the Fair Board's next meeting on April 12.

The board talked to Megan Voyles, Extension Educator, about conditions in the oldest swine facility and where poultry will be exhibited. Renting a tent for 4-H poultry entries was considered and also taken under advisement until more information can be obtained.

Voyles said there are 65 4-H'ers with rabbit projects, so possibly 600 rabbits could be entered this year at the fair. A total of 58 4-H'ers have swine projects, and there will be 21 horses. More animal entry numbers will be firmed up after April 24, Voyles related.

An alternate group to collect trash daily at the fairgrounds was discussed. The board was told the local football league does not want to do that service this year.

Other ideas floated that evening included a car show on the grounds on Sunday.

Merchants who have had booths in 2015 will soon be contacted to renew those spaces. More information can be obtained by visiting the website at or attending the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at the former Saddle Club building on the fairgrounds.


Two Louisville men arrested with cocaine after accident east of Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:41

The arrests of two men from Louisville on Saturday, March 5, east of Scottsburg predated even more action by law enforcement agencies in a round-up of suspects involved with the use and/or sale of illegal substances.

Missing vehicle at residence results in theft charge against Scottsburg man PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:40

The case of a 1998 Oldsmobile which disappeared from a Scottsburg home in January may have been solved with the arrest of a local man.

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