Free food distributions are offered monthly at Austin and Scottsburg sites PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:05



Two free monthly food distributions are held each month at Austin and Scottsburg church properties.

The food distribution that will be held at the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Austin is planned for Friday, August 12. It is located on the northeast corner of West Cherry and South Second Streets.

On Friday, August 26, a free distribution of food will take place at The Rock, the Scottsburg First Christian Church shelter house, which is located south of Scottsburg High School on the west side of U.S. Highway 31.

Both distributions are offered through the efforts of the Nelson Spaulding Community Clearinghouse and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.

Doors at both locations will open at 8 a.m. on those designated Fridays. Starting at that time, persons wishing to receive food can sign in and get a number. That number will be called when that person's turn in the distribution line is available. Hours for both distributions will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon or until supplies are exhausted.

No smoking is allowed in or outside the buildings. Those needing to smoke must do so in their vehicles. People smoking on the grounds in Austin or Scottsburg will be asked to leave.

Questions about the distributions should be directed to the Clearinghouse by calling 812-752-0123.




Welding and Certified Production Technician Training Available in Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:04



Ivy Tech is offering welding and advanced manufacturing courses at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg during the fall semester. Students are asked to register by August 19, and classes start August 22.


Students prepare for a welding career through lab and classroom instruction, as well as training with the latest in Virtual Welding Simulation. Ivy Tech’s welding courses prepare students to take nationally recognized certification exams. Courses being offered this fall include:

Welding Fundamentals (WELD 100) August 22 – October 15, 2016 Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (WELD 108) August 23 – October 15, 2016 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Adv. Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (WELD 206) October 18 – December 17, 2016 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Gas Metal Arc MIG Welding (WELD 207) October 17 – December 17, 2016 Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.


Ivy Tech’s advanced manufacturing courses use lecture, lab, online simulation and programming to prepare students for Certified Production Technician testing through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Courses being offered this fall include:

Key Principles of Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 101) August 22 – October 15, 2016 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 9:50 p.m.

Technology in Advanced Manufacturing (ADMF 102) October 17 – December 17, 2016 Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 – 9:50 p.m.

Prospective students are asked to contact Kristy Holsapple at 812-752-4327 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Ivy Tech will also be offering communications, technology and English classes in Scottsburg this fall.




SITS public transportation route changes listed for Austin, Scottsburg riders PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:01


Some tweaking has occurred on the newest public transportation route in Scott County operated by the Southern Indiana Transit System (SITS) on behalf of the Get Healthy Scott County Coalition.

Cost to ride is $1 one-way per person or $2 each way from a special location. All ages are eligible to ride each Wednesday and Friday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. For more information or to arrange to be picked up at another location, call SITS at 1-812-722-0443.

The new two-day schedule includes:

12 noon and 3:30 p.m.: Austin Huddle House restaurant at I-65 interchange with State Road 256 (West Main Street).

12:15 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.: Austin City Hall on West Main Street (S.R. 256).

12:20 p.m. and 3:50 p.m.: Scott County Health Department's One Stop Shop on U.S. Highway 31 North in Austin.

12:25 p.m. and 3:55 p.m.: Austin Community Park at end of Broadway Street.

12:30 p.m.: Austin Public Library and Austin Quad Medical Building, both on Union Street off U.S. 31 North.

12:40 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.: Dollar General Store on U.S. 31 South.

12:45 p.m.: Any scheduled deviation from planned route.

2:00 p.m.: Any scheduled deviation from planned route.

2:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.: Scott County Health Department and Scott Memorial Hospital campus on U.S. 31 North in Scottsburg.

2:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Coonie's Corner, Scottsburg Post Office, Your Community Bank available from stop at Hancock's Drugstore at corner of West McClain Avenue (State Road 56 West) and North Bond Street.

2:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.: Scott County Public Library at corner of Wardell and South Main Streets.

2:40 p.m.: Craig Park Apartments at corner of North Main and Owen Streets

2:55 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.: Kids Place, New Hope Services, WIC office, daycare facility, disabled services on S.R. 56 west of Wal-Mart.

3:10 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.: Nelson Spaulding Community Clearinghouse, Department of Child Services and Scott County Partnership on Community Way.

3:15 p.m. and 5:55 p.m.: Scott County Family YMCA.

4:00 p.m.: Any scheduled deviations from planned route.

5:15 p.m.: Any scheduled deviations from planned route.

6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.: Pickup/return route to Austin and Scottsburg stops.

To print a new route flier, visit


DNR advises stay away from black bear roaming around Scott County and environs PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:58



That black bear which has made its presence in Scott County known for about the past week may still be with us.

Or it could have gone farther north.

First reported some three weeks ago as having been spotted in Harrison and Washington counties, the bear apparently wandered into southern Scott County at the end of last week. The animal reportedly swam the Ohio River from Kentucky into Harrison County. It was spotted around Pekin at one point early in its journey.

On Saturday, July 30, the local situation got pretty interesting when Clayton Brishaber was driving to work on Collins Road around 6 p.m. or so. The bear crossed the road in front of his vehicle, entering a yard from a soybean field. He snapped some shots of it from the safety of his vehicle and sent them to his in-laws, Kenny and Lori Spellman. They shared the photos with others. In no time at all, people started showing up in the area where Brishaber had first seen it.

When the Sheriff's Department was notified of the bear's appearance, two deputies, Rex Herald and James Shelton, went to the area, mainly to make sure people stayed away from the wild animal.

That was a little difficult for the officers to accomplish. Several people were seen driving up and down County Line Road and Collins Road, trying to catch a glimpse of an honest-to-gosh, wild black bear, the likes of which hasn't been seen in this county for many years, perhaps as much as a half-century.

Its movements on Saturday evening were tracked for a brief while. A drone with a camera was used without success in one attempt to discern if the bear was “ anomaly (sighted) near a tree line...” at the eastern edge of a soybean field.

While all that was happening on County Line Rd., the bear was actually visiting the backyard of a house on Frontage Road for about an hour, it was learned later. As dusk fell, officers lost track of it, and sightseers finally gave up.

Some would-be trackers came back out late Sunday afternoon, July 31, but the bear wasn't seen again.

According to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) spokesman, the bear has since roamed further north.

“Keep your distance from it. Keep pets away from it. Don't feed it, and don't antagonize it,” advised that same spokesman when asked for information. He said officers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and IDNR are monitoring social media to track the bear's whereabouts.

Looking at Facebook, etc., has probably worked as well as anything for the time being. People have posted and re-posted photos of the bear, and there's rumors a bear was seen near Crothersville. That proved to be false.

“We aren't worried about the bear at this time. Everyone just needs to stay away from it,” the IDNR spokesman stated on Monday afternoon, August 1.

Changes begin on September 1.... Railroads cautioning communities: Expect more, faster, longer trains in coming years PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 13:54


Rails and cross-ties have been replaced and crossings torn up and repaved over the last several months in communities up and down the train tracks in Scott, Clark and Jackson counties.

There's a reason for all this activity. As new signs posted at crossings indicate, motorists can expect more trains with more cargo using the tracks. And they'll be moving faster, too.

A half-page ad in The Scott County Journal and The Chronicle published July 30 explained that plans made some three years ago by the Louisville and Indianapolis (L&I) Railroad and CSX Transportation (CSXT) are coming to fruition. Fueled by a $100 million investment by CSXT, the improved transportation line between Louisville and Seymour will accommodate more traffic on the rails hauling more products, equipment and crops.

Earlier estimates related that as many as 17 trains may be using the route daily. Initially, however, the number of trains will be increased to ten daily. Trains may reach up to 49 miles per hour in certain stretches and could measure up to 14,000 feet long.

All of this was made possible by the new type of rail installed. Instead of laying sections of rail held together by joints, a new, sturdier, “seamless” rail has been installed. Consequently, the tell-tale “clickety-clack” of trains as they travel has been eliminated as has the threat of derailments due to rail and/or joint failure.

The agreement between L&I and CSXT was signed last summer. CSXT had been attracted to the L&I route because of its relative straight line as it travels through communities. Previously, CSXT used an Ohio route which offered more challenges, i.e. more hills and curves, and which was aging more precipitously.

As noted in the advertisement, “The number and length of CSXT trains will vary and continue to adjust depending on rail freight volumes.”

CSXT serves the Port of Jeffersonville.

All of these changes will come on or soon after 12 midnight on Thursday, September 1.

Motorists and pedestrians should realize that they have responsibilities that come with the changes.

Everyone is reminded to “...always obey railroad crossing signals and warnings and to use caution when approaching all highway/rail grade crossings. A train can come at any time, so 'stop, look and listen' before proceeding through an open crossing,” the ad urges.

Organizations, public officials, transportation facilities and schools which would like to have presentations about rail and crossing safety are welcome to contact Operation Lifesaver, which is a nationwide public education program to promote awareness of safe behavior.

Operation Lifesaver can be reached at for more information.

To learn more about the improvement project, persons may call 812-258-9523 or 1-877-835-5279. Information about L&I is available at and about CSXT at


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