Edna Zook provided great care for legions of youngsters and baked world’s best treats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:09


Whenever anyone visited Edna Zook’s neat-as-a-pin home on Austin’s far north side, it was assured that the individual would go away with a smile on his lips and a warm “Zookie Cookie” in his stomach.

Edna was by far one of the best bakers around and definitely one of the most prolific. She was also one of the nicest persons that walked this earth. Now, she walks in heaven at the side of her beloved husband, Jesse.

Edna died at age 92 on Wednesday, June 14, after a lifetime of making people happy. She was always smiling. No wonder! People enjoyed seeing her and lined up to get her baked cookies, those marvelous iced “Zookie Cookies,” as well as her homemade moon pies and delicious rolls and cakes. Her contributions to the cake walk held during the annual Austin Elementary School fall festival were always snatched happily away by the lucky winners.

This “Cookie Lady” truly had no competitor when it came to her buttermilk cookies. Her secret ingredient? Lard! She also taught several how to decorate a cake for a special occasion. She certainly had enough practice at it; Edna supplied cakes for birthday parties, graduations, and other celebrations on a regular basis.

She was originally from Belleville, Pa., and so was her husband Jesse, whom she married in 1950. The couple came to Austin in 1952 to pastor the Austin Mennonite Church next to their modest home. Jesse served there until he died in May, 1970.

Not only did Edna bake wonderful treats to supplement her income, she babysat scores of children over the years. This service began years before state regulations came into effect, but if any such inspector had ever wandered into the Zook home, he or she would have found children playing together peacefully in a tidy, brightly-lit house while Mrs. Zook stirred her ingredients and baked. The Zook house always emitted the most wonderful smells and always looked attractive because of the many flowers Edna tended each summer.

Though she did eventually retire from baby-sitting, Edna never really retired from baking. Her creations were addictive and made too many people happy!

Edna believed in serving others. For years, she traveled to Clayhole, Ky., and cooked at a summer camp in that eastern Kentucky community. She was a member of the Madison Mennonite Church and was active at Living Water Mennonite Church in Lexington.

She will always be remembered fondly by those who knew her.

Her son James and daughters Sara and Anna and husband Ralph will greet visitors at calling from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at Austin Christian Church. The funeral is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the church, with calling again offered starting at 9 a.m. until the service. Staff of the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery northeast of Austin.

Memorial gifts will benefit Bethel Camp in Clayhole, Ky. Donations may be made on-line at http://www.bethelcamp.org or mailed to Bethel Camp, 2773 Bethel Church Road, Clayhole, KY 41317.

Four arrested on drug charges when van stopped; deadly heroin seized PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:07



A combination of potentially deadly heroin laced with Fentanyl was allegedly found in the possession of one of four people arrested by Austin Patrolman John T. Smith late Wednesday afternoon, June 14.

Ptl. Smith stated in a probable cause affidavit that he stopped a maroon Dodge mini-van with an improperly displayed license plate at the corner of Church Street and Gary Avenue around 5:15 p.m.

He noted that he observed the four occupants of the vehicle to be “…leaning, reaching in multiple directions as if hiding or moving items…” when he initially activated his emergency lights.

The officer first talked with the van driver, Robert William Couch, 33, Austin. He said Couch told him that his driver license was suspended and that he and his girlfriend, identified as passenger Melissa Ann Tackett, 26, Canaan, had just bought the van.

Austin Detective Don Campbell arrived on scene to assist Pt. White. Det. Campbell began talking to the other occupants, Tackett and friends Iris E. Bannister, 24, and Benjamin David McIntosh, 30, both of Crothersville.

When told McIntosh had a handgun, Ptl. White advised Det. Campbell of the situation and the two women were ordered out of the van and to lie on the ground. McIntosh was led out of the van after he placed his hands on his head as instructed.

As McIntosh was exiting the van, Ptl. White said he saw a loaded syringe lying next to the front passenger seat where Tackett had been sitting. Its contents tested positively for the narcotic drug codeine, the officer stated.

As the patrolman began searching the van, he said he found a small bag hidden under the driver’s seat. It contained multiple syringes and a spoon “…with white lumps on it…” as well as a used cotton filter and a pocket knife. A Smith and Wesson Iberia 40 handgun was allegedly found in McIntosh’s backpack.

Tackett denied possession of the loaded syringe as did her friends. No one claimed ownership of the small bag either. The “lumps” tested positively for narcotics as well, the affidavit said.

All were placed in custody and transported to the Scott County Security Center. As McIntosh was being processed, a jailer at the facility stated he found 8.28 grams of what McIntosh told him was heroin “…that may contain some Fentanyl…” Fentanyl is an opiate by which heroin users have been known to die after ingesting. It is commonly used as an anesthetic for surgical patients.

McIntosh has been charged with Level 4 felony possession of a narcotic drug, Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle and misdemeanors of carrying a handgun without a license and visiting a common nuisance.

Couch and Tackett were charged with Level 6 possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. Bannister was also charged with possession of a narcotic drug and unlawful possession of a syringe and a misdemeanor charge of visiting a common nuisance.

All were in Scott Circuit Court on Friday, June 16 for initial hearings. An initial jury trial date of September 11 was assigned to each of the cases. Bail for Bannister and Tackett was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. For Couch, bail was set at $25,000 by surety bond or $2,500 in cash; McIntosh’s bail is $50,000 by surety bond or $5,000 cash.

Petitions for detainer were filed against both men by the Prosecutor’s Office. Both had been placed on parole from earlier cases in October, 2016. The detainers allow the State to hold the men for 15 days without bond.



T-shirt tussle, a ‘dashing’ suspect and true love gone wrong keep police busy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:05


Three odd, isolated incidents since June 8 led to several arrests and a bit of head scratching by observers pondering the weaknesses of the human race.

Just after 1 a.m. on June 8, Scottsburg police were called to the downtown area about a fight between two subjects.

Patrolmen Shawn Hurt and Troy Ford responded, driving to the site on the west side of the square. There, they found the combatants, identified as Shadow L. Parmley, 24, and Grant L. Menzies, 39, a visitor from Nagadoches, Tx., and the two men’s girlfriends.

Parmley said he had no idea what started the melee. One of the women, Victoria C. Bartholomew, 22, Lexington, said she was Menzies’ girlfriend. She said Parmley walked over to Menzies and made a comment about Menzies’ t-shirt. She said she started arguing with Parmley and then Parmley hit her. In his defense, Parmley gave a statement saying he “…pushed her back…” two or three times.

Getting a statement from Parmley’s girlfriend compounded the situation. The woman said she had come to the square to get Parmley. When she pulled up, Menzies had Parmley on the ground and was hitting him, she advised. The woman added that Bartholomew was kicking Parmley.

Additionally, Bartholomew told the officers that Parmley had taken her purse. Parmley had no purse in his possession nor was one found in the area, officers confirmed.

Long story short, Parmley, Menzies and Bartholomew were placed in custody and taken the brief distance to the Scott County Security Center, where they cooled their heels overnight.

All of them were in Circuit Court on June 9 before Judge Jason Mount. Mount allowed Menzies and Bartholomew to enter into pre-trial diversion agreements. If they can stay out of trouble, their charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct will be dropped on June 11, 2018.

Parmley also had misdemeanor charges, two of battery and one of disorderly conduct. His bond was reduced from $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash to $500 cash, and he was given a bench trial date of August 8. Parmley was released that same day on cash bail.

All of the defendants were ordered to stay away from the downtown area. Menzies and Bartholomew were ordered to stay away from Parmley; Parmley was directed to stay away from the couple.

Menzies reportedly told several people he was headed back to Texas.

Sgt. Brian Hall got a challenge on Saturday, June 10, that proved he is in pretty good physical shape.

Around 3:30 p.m., he and Scottsburg Patrolman Travis Rutherford were dispatched to one of the motels on the west side of the interstate because a man for whom officers had been looking had just arrived there.

The suspect identified himself to Ptl. Rutherford as a James Bowman, but he said he did not have identification with him. When Sgt. Hall patted down the subject, he said he found the man’s driver license, which identified him as the wanted subject, Evan James Joel Hensley, 29, Anderson.

When Sgt. Hall started asking Hensley why he said he didn’t have identification, Hensley apparently responded by running away.

Hensley, with Hall on his heels, fled west from the Quality Inn through the Hampton Inn property and parking lots at Roadhouse USA and Pizza Hut. Hensley then crossed State Road 56, notably during one of the busiest times of the day. Hall stayed with him.

When they reached the Arby’s property on the north side, Sgt. Hall told the suspect that he was going to use his electric stun gun on him if he did not stop. Hensley apparently didn’t heed that warning, and the officer applied the weapon, which did stop him.

During a pat-down of Hensley, Sgt. Hall said two syringes were found in his pocket.

Hensley is now charged with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony, and misdemeanor false informing and resisting law enforcement. He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 corporate surety bond or $2,500 cash bail. His jury date is September 11.

A probable ex-girlfriend and ex-boyfriend were both charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after an incident on Sunday, June 11, in Austin.

Major Donald Spicer was dispatched to a Rural Street residence to talk to a young woman, identified as Jaylie Hurtt, 18, Seymour. Hurtt said her boyfriend, Alex Baker, 22, Austin, had cracked the windshield of her car by throwing a concrete block at it.

When he talked to Baker, the officer said he was told by Baker that Hurtt had stabbed his truck tires before he threw the block at the windshield. Hurtt reportedly agreed that she had damaged Baker’s tires and showed the officer a hole the knife had made in one of them.

For their efforts, each now faces a bench trial. Baker’s date is August 8. Judge Mount allowed the bail to be reduced to $500 cash, and Baker was released on a previously posted bond.

Hurtt appeared in court on Thursday, June 15, for her initial hearing on the charge. She too was assigned a bench trial date of August 8. She had been released on bond on June 14.


Huge Upgrade Has Taken Place at Scott County Fairgrounds – County Makes Investment in Our Local Youth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:59



WOW, has everyone heard of all the amazing opportunities that are coming our way at this year’s 2017 Fair?

Earlier in the year, the Scott County Council and the Scott County Visitors Commission gave $120,000 to the Scott County Fair Board to help refurbish the local fair grounds. Additionally, the 4-H community and local businesses donated over $20,000 to the cause. That is a huge investment by our local community toward our county fairgrounds, which in turns supports our local 4-H youth.

The following is a summary of just some of the improvements that these investments have made, along with a number of 4-H changes/responses that you’ll want to prepare for when you come to the fair:

In the Horse Arena there has been new drainage established and more sand and tile has been laid to help with better footing.

The 4-H building that displays all of our non-animal projects received $27,000 in repairs, which includes a new roof, siding and doors.

As of this year, the Extension Homemakers will now house the Open Class items in that building along with our 4-H projects. So when you come you will see 4-H projects down one side of the building and Open Class down the other side.

PLEASE NOTE: When you bring your things to check-in, the 4-H community will check-in at the front of the building the same as in years past and the Open Class will check-in at the back.

If you have not registered your fair item in Fair Entry yet, please contact the Extension Office right away.

There is a brand new $47,000 Small Animal Barn.

This year we are expecting approx. 45 youth with over 70 birds, and over 50 youth with over 70 rabbits.

We’re also expecting approx. 117 goats and 52 sheep this year, so you’ll most likely be seeing some goats in the new Small Animal Barn as well.

In the Cattle Barn we are expecting about 25 head of cattle this year. However, as a new addition to that barn you’ll also be seeing approx. 10 alpacas as well.

Unfortunately, this addition will lessen the historical space that has afforded Cattle Barn members with space for many extra items. Therefore, PLEASE NOTE that although there is still ample room for all our 4-H project members and their livestock, there will be less space afforded to cattle project member’s extra items than in years past.

DON’T FORGET: All animals must be on the fairgrounds by noon on Sunday.

And PLEASE… take time out and thank our Scott County Commissioners, Council Members and Fair Board Members. Without their help, we wouldn’t have so much great news to share!

Pair wanted on warrants for allegedly selling drug look-alike substances PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:10

Two local men are being sought on a Level 5 felony charge of dealing in a look-alike substance by law enforcement agencies.

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