Family, friends of D1 retired teacher Bob Cathcart to say goodbye today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:05

 

 

He usually had a smile on his face and a greeting on his lips, more than likely a light-hearted, “How you doing, kiddo?”

When he was tending the store, Cathcart and Company in Scottsburg, Robert “Bob” Cathcart could be counted on slipping out of the shop for some refreshment and conversation with friends at Hancock's Drugstore a couple of times a day.

The 80-year-old retired teacher and businessman passed away on Saturday, November 7, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Bonnyman, Ky. Bob and wife Nancy Napier Cathcart had retired to Perry County, Ky., some years ago after Nancy, also a longtime teacher for Scott School District 1, finally left the classroom for good.

Bob was the son of the late Lynn William Cathcart and Kathleen Perry Cathcart. His dad was a barber, and it was in his shop that Bob started a coin and jewelry shop on North Second Street in Austin. Adept at business, Bob moved the shop to Crothersville and then, finally, to its Scottsburg location at the corner of West McClain Avenue and South Railroad Street.

He had a good time operating the store, becoming extremely familiar with the fluctuating values of coins, precious metals and gems. The couple's son, Robbie, grew into the business, becoming his dad's partner. He now operates the Scottsburg store.

What set Bob Cathcart apart, though, aside from his perpetually friendly manner, was his ability to teach all types of mathematics to scores of Austin High School students over the years. He was a math whizz. Bob got his undergraduate degree from Cumberland College in 1963 and joined the Austin High School staff that same year. He received his master's from Purdue University in 1970.

Bob handled a large teaching load and the shop for years, also serving as the District 1 athletic director from 1976 to 1981. He also stepped in and served as assistant principal for the high school in 1986-87.

Bob retired in 1992 and then devoted all his attention to the store before he and Nancy retired to Kentucky to be close to other family members.

He was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and a member of Austin Christian Church.

His survivors include his wife of many years; son Robert “Robbie” L. Cathcart and his special friend Stephanie Sears; a son, Gabriel Cathcart; a sister, Carolyn Johnson and husband Robert; and sister-in-law, Von Boggs.

Calling and a celebration of life was conducted on Monday evening, November 9, at Maggard's Mountain View Chapel in Hazard, Ky.

Locally, visitation was held on Tuesday evening, November 10, at the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Buchanan Funeral Home. The Rev. Don Watts will officiate.

Cremation has been requested by the family.

Memorial donations may be arranged through the staff of the funeral home to benefit the Napier-Pollard Relay for Life Fund.

 
Funeral service is conducted Sunday for Mayor Graham's retired 'right-hand man' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:00

 

 

 

Calling and the funeral service for Sue E. Barnett-Amick, 63, Scottsburg, was conducted at the Collins Funeral Home on Sunday, November 8.

A quiet and efficient person with a quick grin, Sue died at her home on Wednesday, November 4. She was 63.

Sue was the indispensable, “right-hand man” for Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham since she was hired as his executive assistant and started work on January 1, 1988. Mayor Graham became famous for advising people with questions to “...see Sue...” for answers or for help with their problems. She had retired from the position this past June 19.

She was a native of Campbellsville, Ky., and graduated from DuPont Manuel High School in Louisville.

During her many years in the Mayor's Office, Sue had her hand on the pulse of the community. If she didn't have the information needed, she knew where to go to get it.

During her years with Mayor Graham, Sue became involved with a wide variety of projects and committees. Those included the Scottsburg Beautification Committee, Mayor's Good Neighbor Awards, Pig Roast in the Park, Scottsburg Courtyard Christmas Committee, Kids First Auction, Scott County Welfare to Work Committee, Committee for Building Quality Communities, Scott County Millennial Projects Committee, Austin Rural Enterprise Community grant-writing committee, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Scott County Community Clearinghouse building committee, Youth Speak Grant-Making Council, Scottsburg 2020, the Indiana Municipal Electric Association (IMEA) rodeo committee and the Scottsburg IMEA Rodeo Committee, Scott County Learning Exchange, American Red Cross Board and Scottsburg Emergency Management Board.

She was a recipient of the U.S. House of Representatives Outstanding Hoosier Citizen Award as well as a Scottsburg Mayor's Good Neighbor Award.

Her memberships included the Indiana Mayors Assistants Association, Scottsburg Kiwaniannes Club, Scott County Moose Family Center and Lodge 2324, Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Scott County Partnership Board. She served as the Scottsburg Water Board secretary and was a graduate of the local Chamber's Leadership Program. She was one of the first organizers of the annual “Day of Caring” sponsored by the United Way of Scott County. She was a local U.S. Census coordinator in 2000 and 2010. Her efforts also went toward the Hurricane Katrina Relief Project and the Henryville Tornado Relief program.

Her survivors include a son, Stephen Barnett and wife Becky of Louisville; her mother, Nettie Newton of Louisville; a brother, Ron Newton and wife Barbara of Louisville; and two grandchildren, Charlotte Mansur and Brendan Barnett.

The Rev. David Richie officiated at the local service. Cremation was requested, and a graveside service will be conducted at the Brockman Cemetery in Campbellsville, Ky., on Saturday, November 14, at 11 a.m. Memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the Collins Funeral Home to benefit Autism Speaks or by going to autismspeaks,org.

On-line condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting collinsfuneralhome.net.

 

 
City of Austin mourning shooting death of longtime downtown businessman John Turner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:59

 

State police seeking information....

John Turner was one of the nicest, most honest businessmen in Southern Indiana.

When people visited his little hole-in-the-wall jewelry and coin shop on West Main Street in Austin, he was quick with a smile and a “Hi, how you doing today?” which quickly led to a “Just look around. We got a little of everything in here.”

Austin residents who knew John and his close-knit family were devastated to learn that John died of an apparent gunshot to the head, inflicted by a person or persons unknown, on Saturday afternoon, November 7. Indiana State Police (ISP) with the Sellersburg post are investigating the murder and subsequent robbery.

The incident apparently occurred some time after 3:30 p.m. when an as-yet unidentified person entered the tiny shop at 61 West Main St. and shot and killed the affable jeweler and coin dealer. Unidentified amounts of cash and merchandise were taken.

Despite his wound, John, 78, was still responsive when found by a family member who called 9-1-1 for help. He was on the shop's floor behind one of the display cases. A local registered nurse, who recognized a medical problem had apparently occurred at the shop, stopped her vehicle and assisted at the scene until Scott County EMS technicians arrived. Neither his family nor local police and EMS technicians realized that he had been shot; they thought it was a medical issue.

Turner died at Scott Memorial Hospital.

Not until a doctor and Scott County Deputy Coroner Chris Fugate looked more closely at the body was the head wound examined and determined to be the result of foul play.

The case was then quickly pronounced a death investigation, with the Austin Police Department requesting assistance from the ISP. As ISP crime scene technicians processed the crime scene, ISP detectives immediately began developing and following leads on the perpetrator.

John Turner had operated his shop for years in the same little store. He was honest in his dealings and thoughtful, providing small gifts for his favorite customers at Christmas. There was no fancy showroom for the store's merchandise. Everyone was treated fairly, whether buying or selling, though Turner was not above setting some special item aside for a customer he knew would be interested.

Staff of the Buchanan Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.

ISP detectives continue on the case, requesting that anyone with any knowledge of any detail on that quiet Saturday afternoon in downtown Austin to call toll-free at 1-800-872-6743 or at 1-812-246-5424. Callers can remain anonymous.

A possible breakthrough in the case was reported Monday night, November 9, from unofficial sources. Supposedly, ISP detectives were talking to a man of interest regarding the crime.

 
Robbery Turns Deadly as Austin Store Owner is Killed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 09 November 2015 11:46

Austin - On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, shortly after 3:30 pm, someone entered John’s Coin and Jewelry Shop located at 61 West Main Street in Austin and robbed, shot and killed the shop owner, John M Turner, 79, from Austin. John was located by a family member in the shop and 911 was called. The Austin City Police Department and the Scott County EMS responded to what they initially thought was a medical emergency.
When a doctor and the Scott County Coroner’s Office examined John M. Turner at the hospital, they noticed a wound on the victim’s head that was not consistent to the medical issue as first thought and more consistent with foul play. The investigation immediately turned into a death investigation with the Austin City Police Department requesting the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians and detectives processed the crime scene then immediately began following leads.
On today’s date, an autopsy was performed on John M. Turner at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY. The autopsy revealed the preliminary cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head of John M. Turner. The official cause of death will not be determined until all of the autopsy results are complete which usually takes up to six weeks.
With this additional information the case is now being investigated as a Robbery/Murder investigation. Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424. All callers can remain anonymous.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and the Scottsburg City Police Department are also assisting in the investigation.

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Robbery Turns Deadly as Austin Store Owner is Killed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 09 November 2015 11:45


Austin - On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 7, shortly after 3:30 pm, someone entered John’s Coin and Jewelry Shop located at 61 West Main Street in Austin and robbed, shot and killed the shop owner, John M Turner, 79, from Austin. John was located by a family member in the shop and 911 was called. The Austin City Police Department and the Scott County EMS responded to what they initially thought was a medical emergency.
When a doctor and the Scott County Coroner’s Office examined John M. Turner at the hospital, they noticed a wound on the victim’s head that was not consistent to the medical issue as first thought and more consistent with foul play. The investigation immediately turned into a death investigation with the Austin City Police Department requesting the assistance of the Indiana State Police. Indiana State Police Crime Scene Technicians and detectives processed the crime scene then immediately began following leads.
On today’s date, an autopsy was performed on John M. Turner at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY. The autopsy revealed the preliminary cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head of John M. Turner. The official cause of death will not be determined until all of the autopsy results are complete which usually takes up to six weeks.
With this additional information the case is now being investigated as a Robbery/Murder investigation. Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at 1-800-872-6743 or 812-246-5424. All callers can remain anonymous.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Department, the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and the Scottsburg City Police Department are also assisting in the investigation.

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