SHS Football will be decided by voters with referendum in November 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 January 2011 00:00

by GAVIN GUTHRIE

Correspondent

After much debate over whether or not to bring football to Scottsburg High School, a decision has finally bee made to resolve the issue. Thanks to a recommendation by Superintendent Philip Deardorff and a committee of parent volunteers, the School Board has chosen to make the issue a referendum.

As a referendum, the voters will decide if the School Corporation will have a football team or not. This vote will happen in the next county-wide election, which will be in November of 2012. If the referendum is passed, then SHS and the Scottsburg Middle School will be able to have a football team.

Dr. Deardorff said putting the decision to a vote seemed like the only way to move forward.

"Part of the problem was that we [the School Corporation] couldn’t afford it. The only way we could finance this was to put it to the voters," said Dr. Deardorff.

If the voters decide they want to spend their tax dollars on the football team, then Dr. Deardorff said that football could start the next season after the referendum is passed.

However, one thing Dr. Deardorff is quick to stress is that this referendum will not just benefit those wanting football.

"We wanna do this the right way. This will be for all the students," said Dr. Deardorff..

The referendum will also benefit other sports, with all the needs of the students taken into account.

Even though putting forward the referendum may advance the discussion, not all are convinced that the vote will lead anywhere.

Adam Philips, freshman, doesn’t have high hopes. "I don’t think it will get passed. I don’t think they will add a sport when they’re laying off teachers."

Regardless, when winter of 2012 rolls around, it will finally be seen whether or not football is destined for Scottsburg.

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 14:09
 
Probation Check in Scott County Yields Meth and $20,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011 00:00

Scott County-In the afternoon hours of yesterday’s date, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and a probation officer from the Scott County Probation Department made a Probation Home Visit to Brian Bowling’s residence located 6025 North Jack Morgan Road near Austin in Scott County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 January 2011 14:33
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ISP: Mother shot children, self at family’s home Friday in Spicertown area of Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:00

An Austin police officer dispatched late on Friday afternoon, January 21, to check on the welfare of a family in the Spicertown neighborhood found a scene that defied belief.
Lt. Shawn Hurt had been sent to the home on New York Street because family members could not contact Amanda Leigh (Todd) Bennett, 30, and her three children, 14-year-old Jasmine Marie, nine-year-old Katelyn and four-year-old Ryan Matthew.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:08
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Driver of Jeep ejected in recent accident on Scottsburg’s south side PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:00

A Lexington man is recovering from a back injury caused when he was ejected from the Jeep he was driving on January 11.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:10
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Update on deaths in Austin PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00

Scott County- In the morning hours of Jan. 24, the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, KY completed autopsies on the four bodies discovered in a residence located at 310 New York Street in Austin.

Below are the names of the deceased and the preliminary causes of death. Please note that the official causes of death will not be determined until toxicology results from autopsies return which typically takes up to six weeks.

1) Amanda Bennett, female, 30, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN.  Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.
2) Jasmine Abbott, female, 14, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.
3) Katelynn Bennett, female, 9, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area and smoke inhalation.
4) Ryan Bennett, male, 4, 310 New York Street, Austin, IN. Preliminary cause of death, gunshot wound to the head area.

Amanda Bennett was the biological mother of the all of the deceased children.

At this time detectives are not ready to release any type of determination of the facts in this incident due to pending test results and continuing interviews. This case is still under investigation.

Friday afternoon, January 21st, at approximately 4:21 PM, An officer from the Austin City Police Department made forced entry into the residence located at 310 New York Street in Austin to check on the welfare of the residents.  When the officer entered the residence he noticed parts of the home had been burned.  The Officer conducted a quick search of the residence and found four deceased victims inside.

Scott County School District #1, (Austin Schools), officials have asked me to pass on to the media that the school system will have extra counselors present at the schools on Monday.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 09:05
 
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