Enjoy downtown Scottsburg’s Courtyard Christmas and lighted parade November 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:42


Every child should know by now that, right after Thanksgiving is celebrated in Scottsburg, they can expect to enjoy the annual visit by a beloved couple from the North Pole.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are coming to Scottsburg on Saturday, November 25, in the city’s lighted parade, and everyone, young and old, has a special invitation to come downtown to see them.

The annual celebration offers all families a chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the decorated Santa's Castle on the northeast side of the Courthouse right after the parade concludes.

Parade entries will line up in the parking lot behind Scottsburg Elementary School starting at 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and wind around the downtown square from McClain Avenue (State Road 56). Mayor Bill Graham will be featured in the parade, and he’ll step out of his float to help with the annual lighting ceremony at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

Trophies will be awarded for the best entries from fire departments, businesses, church/civic groups and cars. A trophy for the entry selected Best Overall will also be presented.

Several downtown businesses are planning evening hours that Saturday, inviting visitors in for Christmas treats, too. Christmas music will be offered, lots of holiday lights can be admired, and free horse-and-carriage rides are scheduled. Line up on the sidewalk on the southeast side of the Courthouse for the rides.

More information on the parade and Courtyard Christmas may be obtained by calling the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169.

Call that number as well to contribute money toward Courtyard Christmas efforts. Volunteers are always needed, too.

Man’s erratic calls for help bring police and result in free trip to jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:40



Eric Napier isn’t calling for help any longer, but the circumstances around the strange incident on November 1 have yet to be explained well by one of the newest inmates at the Scott County Security Center.

A resident in the same apartment building where Napier was living called 9-1-1 and said she’d been hearing what sounded like a man call for help off and on for about two hours.

Scottsburg Police Chief Scott Zellers, Sgt. Brian Hall and Patrolman Travis Rutherford responded to the call, traveling to North Pine Street to locate the mysterious man.

Napier, 30, answered the door. According to what Sgt. Hall said he observed, the man was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Napier told the officers that he had been asleep and he didn’t remember yelling for help. He said he was living with the woman who rented the apartment.

A managerial representative of the apartment complex allowed the officers into the apartment and gave them permission to search. The policemen said they saw pills and an uncapped syringe and that they found two baggies. One had methamphetamine in it, the other heroin, the report stated.

Napier was arrested and taken to the local jail.

He appeared for an initial court hearing on Friday, November 3. There, Napier learned he was charged with three Level 6 felonies, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of a narcotic drug. The case was assigned to a public defender.

Bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Napier’s jury trial is scheduled February 5.

Robotics competition will bring large crowd to Scottsburg on Nov. 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:39



The first student VEX-IQ Robotics team competition of the 2017-2018 season will take place at the Mid-America Science Park (MASPark) in Scottsburg on Saturday, Nov. 11. Approximately 700 people are expected to attend this regional event. Local restaurants and retailers are asked to plan accordingly.

VEX – IQ Robotics is a worldwide recognized robotic program designed to offer young people an introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Thirty teams from schools around Southern Indiana will be competing in the robotics event on Nov. 11 in Scottsburg. Austin, Crothersville and Scottsburg schools currently have 15 teams in place with MASPark and VEX Robotics for their students to participate. All local school teams will be participating in the event.

The VEX – IQ event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until about 4:30 p.m. Parents and students who are competing should plan to be at the Mid-America Science Park by 7:30 a.m. The Mid-America Science Park is located at 821 South Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Students compete in teams of four to 10. Part of the contest requires the teams to compete against each other; however, some of the competition compels the two teams to work together as an alliance to score points.

While robotics is a fun activity for students and their families, the students learn important educational and training skills that prepare them for tomorrow’s manufacturing jobs where they must be able to program and operate robotic equipment. This student experience, in partnership with local schools, provides an excellent educational advantage to local students as they continue their future education or compete for high-paying jobs in today’s manufacturing workplace.

If your child is interested in participating in VEX Robotics, please contact your school’s counselor. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the VEX Robotics program, please contact Ray Niehaus, director of innovation and technology at MASPark, by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 812-752-9521 x1239.

The VEX Robotics World Championship is held every April in Louisville, Ky. Nearly 50 countries participated in 2016.




A good time for a good cause: Kids First Auction begins November 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:37


Bright and early on Saturday, November 18, a lot of people will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on U.S. Highway 31 North in Scottsburg waiting for their cue at 9 a.m.

That’s when the 2017 Kids First Auction will take to the air on Spectrum Cable TV Community Channel 184 and on scottcounty.tv on the internet. Viewers will also be able to follow the auction action on Facebook. Better yet, the public is welcome to visit the hall and watch the auction live while enjoying great food and bidding up a storm.

Kids First is a non-profit organization that, over the years, has helped dozens of children and their families with medical and other expenses. The Kids First board of directors votes on requests for financial help, using the dollars raised each year through the auction.

And what an auction it will be! Volunteers have worked diligently to create lots of from ten to 12 items, all of which have been donated to Kids First for that pot of money that helps lots of families throughout the year. These lots will be spotlighted, and bids will be accepted for about 15 minutes; then, the next lot gets TV time. There are also big ticket items that folks will be able to bid on for extended periods of time.

Some really great toys that will look nice under someone’s Christmas tree are featured in the Kids First event this year. Sporting equipment and apparel plus kitchen appliances, great handmade bird houses and feeders, jewelry, tools, theme baskets, seasonal decorations, sport memorabilia and a lot more are waiting to go under the hammer. Volunteers will man phone banks during the auction so each bid is recorded.

If a submitted bid is successful, the winner’s name will be announced. That winner must come to the auction site to claim the item and can do so on November 18 or on Sunday, November 19. Unclaimed items will be auctioned off at the clean-up event set for the Knights of Columbus Hall at 6 p.m. on Monday night, November 20. Everyone is welcome to come that evening and see what bargains they can get.

Millard the Bear will be auctioned once again. Named in memory of the late Millard Moore, a City of Scottsburg employee and staunch supporter of Kids First, the giant stuffed bear symbolizes the generous spirit that people of Scott County have for good causes like Kids First. The big bear has raised lots of dollars over the years. It can be seen on display at Scottsburg City Hall.

Volunteers are always welcome to help during the organized chaos that is Kids First. Call 812-752-5854 to learn what needs to be done. Call that number if you’d like to make a cash donation to Kids First or want to bring merchandise to add to the auction.

A preview show will be aired starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 17, so folks can see many of the items that will go on the auction block.

If past years are any indication, the auction will finally shut down in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Commissioners receive HIV/Hep C update from Indiana State Health Department PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 10 November 2017 11:36



Dennis Stover had some interesting statistics to report to Scott County commissioners at their meeting on Wednesday, November 1.

Stover serves as director of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis efforts for the Indiana State Health Department (ISHD), and he’s been keeping a close eye on what is being accomplished by the local Health Department and other agencies fighting the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Hepatitis C outbreaks in Scott County. Each quarter since the start of the first major rural outbreak of the diseases in 2015, IDHD officials have visited Commissioners on a quarterly basis to keep them abreast of the situation.

Stover said he’s been impressed with local reports. “You’re seeing fewer people with abcesses coming to your (hospital) emergency room, and your reports of heart disease are reduced as well. Those are all good signs that individuals are getting better care,” Stover started off.

The state director said a lack of positive returns on HIV tests performed at Scott Memorial is another good sign. “You have experienced no ‘spikes’ in the number of new cases. Right now, you’re getting one to two over two months or so and three ‘positives’ per month as an average. These figures show the effectiveness of local programs in place to help them,” Stover related.

A part of those programs is the syringe exchange program in place. “People are scared of exchanges until they actually see their effectiveness in slowing the spread of HIV,” the director stated. “It’s working,” he told Commissioners Kelley Robbins, Bob Tobias and Mike Jones.

He said he was also pleased to see the new program for women recovering from drug use at Englishton Park. patients there are referred by other agencies or doctors. Fayette County also has beds in its detox/treatment facility for Scott County women, he advised. “What the ISHD is doing is planting ‘seeds’ around the state to curb and stem the tide of drug abuse,” Stover explained. Cooperation between counties is essential in recovering from the tide of drug abuse.

He commended local Health Department staff for their continued efforts in working with HIV-positive people and their families through the One-Stop Shop that operates each Wednesday in Austin. The modular unit just east of the shop building will soon be open to help the community even more in its recovery from the 2015 outbreak.

ISHD has received a $26 million federal grant, all of which will be used for HIV primary care in Indiana, Stover said. “We also continue to work closely with your Sheriff (Dan McClain) and the programs at your county jail. Sheriff McClain has been a tremendous help,” he advised.

Inclosing, Stover said he wanted to thank the Commissioners for their support. “I understand that you have filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturers, so we hope that some dollars from that suit will be coming your way as well,” he said.

Stover agreed with Commissioner Robbins when Robbins pointed out that some doctors have over-prescribed pain killers, which brought the drug situation to a crisis level, as recognized by President Donald Trump recently.

“Those doctors need to take more time with their patients to learn how to effectively treat pain issues. Of course, we’ve learned dentists are some of our worst offenders,” Stover related.

He said he applauded local officials in doing what they can in the fight to bring Scott County back to normalcy. “We drove through a couple of neighborhoods before coming to this meeting, and I was pleased to see the areas in much better shape,” he said.

Robbins also pressed the ISHD official for more money to address mental health issues, an area he said that “…has been neglected for a long time.” Stover paused and told the Commissioners, “We have become very positive thinkers as far as mental health dollars go. We hope to see more improvement going forward.”

Commissioner Tobias asked how many HIV-positive individuals are in Scott County presently. That number is 227, Stover said. “We have 45 of those that are not virally suppressed, but we know the more your local people work with them, the better chance we have of getting them into a medical program that can suppress the HIV and give them a better life,” Stover stated.

A total of 17 people known to be HIV-positive have died since the 2015 outbreak, Stover went on. “Those deaths are not necessarily from HIV or AIDS, but anyone with a immunodeficiency condition is prone to other diseases which can claim their lives,” he explained. Overdose victims are coming from non-HIV residents, it was learned.

Commissioner Jones is a First Responder and has been on many medical calls where Narcan has been administered to overdose victims, which has revived them. “I’ve been on dozens of runs and I’ve never once heard anyone say he or she will never OD (overdose) again, that they’re through with drugs,” he told Stover. “It’s like Narcan is a temporary bandage that you can give them, but it’s not going to solve the problem.”

Jones said he’d like to see more legal action taken against those who overdose. “We know they’re using illegal drugs, so they should be charged,” he contended.

Stover said those who use such drugs have altered their thinking so much that “…they really don’t think like we do. They don’t see those consequences. And it takes about ten months of being off drugs before they get back to even a little bit like they were before. That’s why we have to keep working on the problem, so more don’t become addicted,” Stover concluded.

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