5th Annual Film Festival – What's Your Side Effect Begins, Deadline April 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 12:01



CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: New Focus for Films. Help educate, empower, and inspire people toward lives of positive choices and positive impact through film! We are excited for all of Scott County to come to the Mid-America Science Park for the 5th Annual Film Festival, “What’s Your Side Effect?”, and Town Hall Meeting on Parents Who Host Lose The Most: Don’t Be A Party to Teenage Drinking

Communities That Care has teamed up with CEASe to challenge all Scott County 5-12 grade filmmakers alike to RAZZLE, DAZZLE, and leave audiences in AWE with their youth-oriented stories about themselves or someone they know who is making a positive impact and difference in others’ lives by serving as a positive role model for their friends, school, or community. By inspiring young people to think about their passions and the effect they are having on their community by pursuing those passions, we can redirect their focus and help promote a lifestyle that will reduce abuse risk factors.

All entries must be in by Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Don’t miss your chance to view the finalist premiere showing at the Film Festival Premiere will be April 29, 2016, at the Mid-America Science Park Auditorium at 6:30 pm! Doors open at 6 p.m. See if which film favorite wins grand prize by the judges! Bring your friends and family! It’ll be a fun and entertaining show!

WIN A $500 CASH GRAND PRIZE! Don’t miss your chance to win the Grand Prize of $500.

For more information, contact Lori Croasdell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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Couple in Austin camper arrested when syringe filled with heroin found by officers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:58



A couple discovered by officers tipped off about possible drug activity was arrested in a camper on Blunt Avenue in Austin on February 12.

Larry M. Burnett, 43, North Bogardus Road, Austin, and Christine N. Smith, 29, Scottsburg, were taken into custody after sheriff's deputies and Austin officers were advised that there was drug activity at a house at the address. Deputies Paul Clute and Joe Guarneri went to a camper behind the house and found Burnett and Smith. While talking to Smith, Deputy Guarneri said he saw a hypodermic syringe on a shelf. Smith told him at that time she was in the county's needle exchange program. When she fetched the needle exchange card from her purse, Guarneri stepped inside to look at the card. At that time, he said he saw the end of a marijuana cigarette in an ashtray and smelled burned marijuana in the camper.

As he approached the ashtray, Deputy Guarneri said he saw another hypodermic needle “...full with a brown, liquid-like substance...” Chief Deputy Don Campbell stated later the syringe “...was 'loaded' for use.”

More hypodermic needles, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and heroin was found inside the camper, a department release stated.

Initial hearings for Burnett and Smith were conducted in Scott Superior Court on February 16 on charges of possession of cocaine/narcotic drug, visiting a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Not guilty pleas were entered for the defendants, with Burnett assigned a trial date of May 12 and Smith a trial date of May 16.

Public defenders were assigned to the cases.


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Public 2015 Stucker Ditch study presentation set at SHS commons on March 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:57


Anyone interested in flooding currently happening in Scott County is invited to attend a presentation on Monday evening, March 28, at Scottsburg High School.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's commons.

The study completed late last year by staff of HWC Engineering has already been reviewed by members of the Scott County Drainage Board, Scott County Commissioners and the Scott County Council.

Knowing that facts gathered could affect its ability to obtain grants, the Drainage Board requested support from Commissioners. Commissioners in turn asked that the study's $40,000 price tag be paid by the County Council. Once Councilmen agreed to foot that bill, engineers fanned out on foot to track Stucker Ditch.

Stucker Fork has been proved to drain at least 75% of Scott County from its mouth in Lexington Township along its journey to the Muscatatuck River in Jennings Township. Flooding takes its toll on infrastructure and the bills to replace or repair those structures.

2015 was an excellent year to experience the effects of flooding in Scott County since two months have been declared the wettest on record by the National Weather Service.

Over the years, flooding has taken acres of agricultural land out of production, and some property owners are now required to buy flood insurance. Subsidies for flood insurance premiums are beginning to disappear, so homeowners and farmers with land currently in flood plains may soon find themselves with unexpected expenses to keep their properties covered by insurance.

The study traces Stucker Ditch through farm and residential areas, showing how silting has caused excess surface water to flow out of its banks and onto roads, bridges, cropland and homes.

Strategies to correct most flooding are also covered as are the projected costs.

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50% match for SHS scholarship fund offered through March 31 by Foundation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:56


Alumni of Scottsburg High School are being asked to donate to the SHS Alumni Association's scholarship fund before March 31 to ensure the fund gets additional dollars.

The Alumni Association has established an endowment fund with the Scott County Community Foundation. The move helps alumni donate directly to fund scholarships for students intending to attend college or further their training after graduation. Scholarships have provided thousands of dollars for higher education over the years.

Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, dollars given to the Foundation through Thursday, March 31, will be matched 100% if given to unrestricted funds. If designated for specific funds, like the new Alumni endowment fund, each dollar will earn 50 cents. Consequently, a $100 contribution will grow by half, reaping $150 for alumni scholarships.

Individual SHS graduates or classes can donate directly to the fund by making checks out to the Scott County Community Foundation, designating contributions to the SHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

On-line payments may be made by visiting www.scottcountyfoundation.org.

The new Foundation fund is a long-term project. Until it is fully funded, alumni scholarships must continue to come from the association's operating fund. Therefore, the Alumni Association is asking its members to also consider donations toward 2016 scholarships by donating to its operating fund. Those contributions may be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

Contributors may note that all donations are now tax deductible, since the association has completed its incorporation process and applied for 501(c)(3) status.

This year's Alumni Association Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, June 25, at the SHS commons. For information about new by-laws and the banquet, visit www.SCSD2.k12.in.us, click on “Schools,” then “Scottsburg High School,” and finally the “Alumni” tab.

Officers with the association are also collecting nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Any SHS graduate is eligible for nomination, which must be submitted by April 15.

Nominations may take the form of a letter containing the candidate's name, contact information, age, graduating year, brief biographical information and reasons why the individual is deserving of the award. Include any information which will help the committee make a good selection.

Nominations submitted by mail must be sent to SHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 161, Scottsburg, IN 47170. By email, send material to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Scott County Sheriff's Dept and Scottsburg Police Call a Full-Court Press to Combat Dangerous and Impaired Driving During March Enforcement Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:54



The Scott County Sheriff's Department and Scottsburg Police Department announced that they will join efforts with over 250 Indiana state and local law enforcement agencies to increase education and enforcement around dangerous and impaired driving. From March 4 through March 27, officers across the state will conduct high-visibility patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

“Between Indiana's deep-rooted basketball pride and the St. Patrick's Day holiday, much of Indiana celebrates throughout the month of March,” said Sheriff Dan McClain. “Celebrating responsibly is important and our officers will be out in full force to keep those celebrating, safe. So if we see you driving dangerously or find you over the limit, you will be under arrest. Period.”

Increased enforcement during March is a statewide effort supported by federal funding allocated to Scott County from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). A total of 17 officers will work overtime to conduct observational patrols and sobriety checkpoints around the clock.

According to ICJI, in March 2015 there were 529 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 214 injuries and five fatatlities. Additionally, during the same period, crash reports indicate 1,606 collisions occurred due to dangerous driving, resulting in 332 injuries and four fatalities. Dangerous driving includes such factors as “speed too fast for weather conditions,” driver distracted,” and “driver asleep or fatigued.”

“Keeping our roadways safe is a priority,” said ICJI Executive Director Dave Murtaugh. Our dedicated officers who patrol our roadways all across the state are the first line of defense. Motorists need to do their part to ensure our roadways are safe by making responsible choices. From watching the basketball tournament action to taking part in St. Patrick's Day celebrations, it's up to you to be safe and responsible. If you are going to drink, do not drive. It's that simple.”

Accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. The Scott County Law Enforcement and ICJI would like to remind motorists safe driving is as following these easy steps:

Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home.

Do not drive impaired.

If you drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keys.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired. Take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely.

To learn more about the Scott County Sheriff's Department please visit: scottcountysheriff.org. For more information on Indiana's efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.

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