City on a Hill to Host Back to School Clinic July 29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:05



City on a Hill Church in Scottsburg has partnered with coaches, local schools, the Health Department, and local Salons to offer a “Back to School” clinic on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will meet school/state required health entrances like kindergarten physicals, immunizations, dental/vision screens and sport physicals. For the Kindergartener entering school in the fall, this is their one stop shop for all their entrance requirements! Other services will be offered as well, like blood pressure & glucose screenings, general non-urgent medical care, hair cuts, Chiropractic care, food vouchers, a hot meal, and safe children activities.

If anyone is interested in volunteering please register join us on July 29! They need medical and non medical volunteers. Those interested don’t have to be a doctor or a preacher to volunteer- Just a passion to serve Christ and love people. There is a place for everyone to serve. Some of the areas we need volunteers are: traffic control, food servers, advocates, physicians, registered nurses, registration, childcare, face painters, flow coordinators, singers, instrument players, stylists, beauticians, social Workers, and lots more.

The free medical clinic will include:

Sports Physicals

Pre-school and kindergarten physicals

All school required immunizations (Dtap, Polio, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV, Tdap, MCV4, Meningococcal B)

Primary non-urgent medical care exams (cold, flu, allergy symptoms/aches and pains)

Dental and vision screening

Blood pressure and glucose screening

Chiropractic care

Food voucher

Hair cuts

A warm meal for all who attend

Safe childcare activities

Local social services will also be available for questions

They will also be providing music, and much more… They need volunteers who have a heart for Christ. This is a gospel-driven event that we hope to glorify God in serving those in the community with meeting needs and sharing the gospel.. The church is located at 4 South Main Street on the west side of the square in Scottsburg.

If anyone would like to volunteer register online using the link at the bottom of this story. Lets impact our community together!Register to Volunteer:



Man accused of having mother lie for him now charged with leaving scene, OWI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:03



A man who allegedly asked his mother toile about his involvement with a one-vehicle accident on July 4 is now charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).

Shawn M. Nichols, 37, allegedly was the driver of a white Ford Explorer which crashed on North Main Street Road south of the Flat Creek Bridge, according to the probable cause affidavit written by Deputy John Hartman.

The deputy said he was dispatched at 9:21 p.m. on the holiday to go investigate the accident. The Explorer had apparently rolled several times, coming to rest in a cornfield after striking and breaking a Duke Energy-owned utility pole.

Initially, the woman at the scene said the vehicle belonged to her son but she had been driving it at the time of the accident.

As the officer and she continued to talk, Deputy Hartman said she admitted Nichols had been driving. She said she was brought to the scene to stay by the vehicle, while her son was driven away.

Nichols was located, the officer said in his affidavit and brought back to the scene. There, he allegedly admitted drinking at a family party before driving. When Nichols took a field sobriety test around 10 p.m., he failed, the officer said. At 10:08 p.m., a portable breathalyzer test was administered. He allegedly failed that too.

Nichols was taken into custody. According to documents, he has three previous convictions for OWI, one in Florida in 2016, one in Scott County in 2010 and one in Washington County in 2009.

The charges originally filed as misdemeanors, Nichols’ legal history allowed the Prosecutor’s Office to file a Notice of Prior Offense, a Level 6 felony, thus increasing the penalties should Nichols be convicted.

His jury trial is scheduled October 2 in Scott Circuit Court. After his bail was reduced from $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash to $10,000/$1,000, a cash bond was filed July 6 for his release.



Retired Scottsburg businessman, former councilman Ray Zollman dies at 86 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:01


He knew lots of people.

Ray Zollman, 86, Scottsburg, was a retired businessman and city councilman who never met a stranger, just someone he didn’t know. Yet.

Ray died on Thursday, July 13, at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky., after a brief illness.

Born in Scottsburg in 1930 to the late Hayden Zollman Sr. and Ruth Fitch Zollman-Ross, Ray and his late identical twin brother Roy weren’t averse to taking each other’s place when needed. They developed the art of switching places in school. The practice continued when they began working, and both went to work as young teens. One brother might work three days of the week and the other two; then, the next week, they’d switch.

The days where one was not working were spent working for someone else. That worked fine until one brother made a farmer for whom the other brother had mowed the day before mighty suspicious when he couldn’t recall where “he” had left the mower.

The Zollman twins had the odd job market cornered, so to speak, in the small town which was Scottsburg. They even dated the same gal at the same time, though neither knew it at the time!

Ray married his sweetheart Shirley M. Walters in 1951, and the couple had two sons, Danny and Rick. Ray managed the old Western Auto Store that was located on the northwest corner of Wardell and South Main Streets. He then owned and operated the old Gambles store. It had been along West McClain Avenue west of Collins Funeral Home.

After he closed the Gambles store, Ray worked for Gibson Heating and Air Conditioning Company along U.S. Highway 31 North before finally retiring and enjoying a less demanding lifestyle with Shirley.

Through the years, Ray also became interested in working for his hometown. He served for years as a Democrat Party precinct committeeman for Vienna 4 as well as eight years as a member of the City Council. After he was defeated in a spring primary, he continued serving his community as a member of the Scottsburg Board of Works and Public Safety. It was only in recent months, as his health began to decline, that he failed to attend these business meetings on a regular basis.

The absence of this kind man who was dedicated to his home town was noted by his colleagues. Regardless of politics, everyone liked Ray, and he certainly enjoyed talking to all who came to the meetings.

Ray outlived Shirley by nearly two years, and his parents, Roy and a third brother, Hayden Jr., died some years ago. He is survived by his sons and their spouses as well as his two sisters, three granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

A simple graveside service was conducted at Scottsburg Cemetery on Monday morning, July 17. Phil LaMaster officiated. Staff of the Collins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the funeral home to benefit the Scottsburg city parks through the Scott County Community Foundation.

On-line condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


Professed homeless man found in park with syringe, wanted woman arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:58



A man who told Scottsburg police he was homeless and a woman wanted on a warrant were picked up by officers recently.

Wendell L. Wolfe, 58, whose last address was on North Terry Road, Scottsburg, and Lenora Ann Barger, 62, are both incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center in lieu of bond. Each had an initial hearing in Scott Circuit Court on Thursday, July 13, on drug-related charges.

In Wolfe’s case, Lt./Detective Mike Nichols of the Scottsburg Police Department was dispatched to a shelter house on the north side of Lake Iola on July 11 to investigate a man said to be sleeping on the floor.

Parks Supervisor Jerry Asher and assistant Tommy Johnson were talking to the man, identified as Wolfe, when Det. Nichols arrived.

Wolfe told them that he had been awakened by some friends before any of them had arrived. A large quantity of candy in his possession had come from the local fair parade the previous Sunday, he said. He also reportedly said a capped syringe in his possession was his friend’s.

He was taken into custody. As he was being booked into the jail, four different types of medications were found in his possession. Only two, a medicine for diabetics and a generic form of Adderall, had been prescribed to Wolfe in previous months.

Wolfe has been charged with Class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and Level 6 felony unlawful possession of a syringe. Bail was set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash, and a jury trial date of October 24 was scheduled.

In the case of Barger, the senior citizen was wanted on an arrest warrant on a petition to revoke her suspended sentence from a February criminal case. The action was filed in June when it was determined Barger had failed to pay $883 in fees and may have been guilty of other violations of the conditions of her suspended sentence of 347 days.

When Scottsburg Patrolman Shawn Hurt was patrolling on July 12, he said he spotted Barger with a male companion walking near U.S. Highway 31 North and Owen Street at nearly 3 a.m.

He stopped as did the couple. Confirming Barger was wanted on warrant, he placed her under arrest with assistance from Ptl. Greg Green. At some point, Ptl. Green noticed Barger passing items to her male friend. The items were confiscated. They included .8 grams of crystal methamphetamine (meth). In the woman’s purse, Ptl. Hurt said he found cut straws and three glass pipes coated with residue as well as a prescription bottle that was unlabeled. Two types of legend, or prescription, drugs and a Schedule 4 controlled substance were located inside the bottle, the officer stated in his probable cause affidavit.

Barger is charged with three Level 6 felonies, one of possession of meth and two of possession of a legend drug. Possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, are also filed against her.

The Prosecutor’s Office also filed a petition for detainer, causing her to be held for 15 days without bail. Thereafter, bail was set at $50,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash.

At her initial hearing, a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered for her and she was provided with the services of a public defender. Her pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 5.

A hearing on the State’s petition to revoke her suspended sentence was also held on July 13. with a fact-finding conference to follow on October 24.

In other court news, two young men were taken into custody on Saturday, July 15, when they were stopped by Deputy Jac Sanders at the T intersection of State Road 356 and Slate Ford Road.

Sean A. Bowers, 22, Scottsburg, and Nathan R. Lucas, 22, Lexington, are both charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Their initial hearings were scheduled Thursday, July 20, after both filed cash bonds of $500 and were released on Tuesday, July 18.




October trial date set for suspect in July 13 shooting on Scottsburg street PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:56



A vocal argument between an Austin man and a juvenile on Thursday, July 13, on Green Street in Scottsburg, escalated into a gun reportedly being fired at the youth and a man who came in response to the boy’s call for help.

Harvey A. Swiger, 50, has been charged in connection with the incident. Those include Level 4 felony unlawful possession of a gun by a serious violent felon, Level 5 felony intimidation with a deadly weapon and two Level 6 felonies, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm. Because of his alleged resistance to officers attempting to handcuff him, he is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor of resisting arrest.

Swiger’s past record of felony convictions also led the Prosecutor’s Office to file a Habitual Felon count against the defendant. If he is found to be a Habitual Felon, additional years can be added to his sentence for any felony conviction in the current case.

According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by Scottsburg Detective Steven Herald, Herald was dispatched to Green Street because of an alleged shooting. There, he met Patrolmen Greg Green and Travis Rutherford and Deputy Joshua Watterson.

A male adult and the juvenile told Det. Herald that Swiger had just shot at them with a handgun. In a later interview, the boy explained to Ptl. Green that he had been walking home from a friend’s home when Swiger called him names and told him to keep off the grass. The boy admitted “…talking back…” to Swiger, and Swiger allegedly put his hand behind his back “…as if he had a weapon.”

The boy called his mother, and the adult male soon showed up and began arguing with Swiger. The juvenile told the officer that Swiger said he “…didn’t care…” that the boy “…was just a kid…” and purportedly told them that “…he would ‘drop’ them both.”

Swiger reportedly pulled the handgun from the small of his back and pointed it at the man and then the youth. The boy said Swiger fired a shot in his direction, and he said he saw the muzzle flash and dust and gravel fly up when the bullet struck the ground. The boy and adult male ran from the scene. Several neighbors were interviewed, and two said they heard a gunshot.

A spent .380 caliber shell casing was retrieved from the scene, the officer reported.

Officers arrested Swiger at 10 West Green Street. During his arrest, Swiger allegedly jerked his arm away and briefly struggled with officers. A search of the residence resulted in officers finding a box of ammunition for the gun, the affidavit said.

Swiger is well known to police officers in Scott County. He was convicted of first degree robbery in 1998 in Trimble County, Ky., in the death of Richard Malvern Plessinger of Madison and so is considered a serious violent felon under Indiana law.

In Scott County, Swiger has been convicted of maintaining a common nuisance in 2005; auto theft as a Class D felony in 2006; and battery with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony, and Class D felony escape, both in 2009. In the 2009 case, two Scott County deputies were injured during a chase of Swiger. Their injuries resulted in both retiring early from the Sheriff’s Department.

During Swiger’s initial hearing on Monday afternoon, July 17, an initial plea of not guilty was entered for him, and a trial date of October 17 was scheduled. The case was handed over to a public defender.

Additionally, Maria Granger, judge in Floyd County, has been appointed to preside in the case. Judge Jason Mount recused himself because he has prosecuted Swiger in the past as county prosecutor. A no contact order to protect the youth and man was also served on Swiger at the county jail.

Bail has been set at $100,000 by cash only.




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