Thieves are again targeting AC/heating units in county PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:00
        The trend to steal parts or whole climate control units from local businesses and county churches is again growing steadily in Scott County.
        “We are watching the more remote country churches and other buildings as best we can, but our deputies and reserves can only be in so many places. Thieves know this, so the air conditioning and heat pump units are again being 'hit' around the county,” advised Sheriff John Lizenby.
        Several homes, businesses and churches have fallen victim to unscrupulous criminals who normally tear apart the units and take the relatively small quantities of copper coil out of them. Now, the Sheriff's Department has added the old Zimmerman building at State Road 356 and U.S. Highway 31 South and Emmanuel Baptist Church to its list of latest sites of such thefts. Noted Sheriff Lizenby, “Sometimes, the amount of work that went into the theft was probably worth more than what these people can get selling the copper as salvage. It's amazing they'd invest that much effort.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:20
Borden woman involved in I-65 double fatality now facing 13 criminal charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:00
    A Borden woman who allegedly admitted to Indiana State troopers that she was the driver who purportedly started a chain reaction accident that led to the death of two Scott County residents on December 13 now faces 13 criminal charges in the case.
    All of the charges against Jennifer P. Just, 34, were filed in Scott Superior Court. They range from Class B felonies of operation of a motor vehicle causing death with a controlled substance in blood to Class D felonies of operation of a motor vehicle with a controlled substance in blood causing serious bodily injury.
    James and Thelma Jewell of Austin died as the result of Just's alleged actions that sunny Sunday afternoon. Around 1 p.m., the Jewells were driving north on I-65 and were a few miles south of the Austin exit when their silver 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was struck in the rear by a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup purportedly driven by Just.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:25
Scottsburg officials consider buying old industrial building for Electric Department PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:00
    Scottsburg officials are considering making a bid on a vacant factory building on U.S. Highway 31 South.        The old Jay Packaging building has an office section connected to a large warehouse-type structure. The company for which the complex was originally built in the 1980s withdrew last year to its East Coast plant after experiencing several years of dwindling work in the thermo-form packaging industry.
    In looking at the building, Mayor Bill Graham said during the January 12 Scottsburg Board of Works and Public Safety that it might do very well for the city's electric department and its growing wireless service, Citizens Communications Corporation Broadband (
    Currently, the Electric Department is housed on Bond Street in a residential area. That facility is land-locked, advised Jim Binkley, Electric Department Superintendent. “There's no place for us to go if we need more room,” he said during the meeting. Citizens Communications' vehicles and equipment are housed both at the Electric Department and the Street Department with its office at City Hall.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:26
Recent fires, accident around Scottsburg keep local department bustling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:00
    One injury accident east of Scottsburg and several fires around the city gave the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department a stretch of activity at the end of 2009.
    Chief James Richey said rescuers used the Jaws of Life on a vehicle on December 28 that had been struck from behind by a large grain hauler at the intersection of State Roads 56 and 203.
    The Scottsburg department was assisting Lexington Volunteer Fire Department on that accident. The driver of the pickup truck that was hit, Harold Bowen, was freed from the wreckage in about ten minutes. Bowen was later found to have suffered no broken bones. His late model pickup was a total loss.
    On Tuesday, December 29, an early morning structure fire occurred at 2 a.m. on Lynhurst Street in Scottsburg.
    Chief Richey said tenants of the house owned by Tim Hutchinson lost electrical power around midnight. “The husband and wife decided she would take their child and go and stay with relatives and the husband would stay there. He told me he woke up around 2 a.m. because he just felt something wasn't right. He touched an upstairs wall and felt heat. That's when he called the fire department,” related the fire chief.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:27
Lilly Scholarship Recipient Returns Home to Work PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2010 00:00
    When local students are awarded scholarships, it is always hoped that the students will successfully complete college and maybe even return to work back home in their community. In any event, Indiana’s so-called ‘brain drain’ deeply concerned state leaders in the late 1990s after statistics showed many graduates were leaving the state.
    Lilly Endowment Inc. established their Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program in 1998, after concern that Indiana ranked near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of residents age 25 and older who hold a baccalaureate degree. The program was designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.
    There are 26 students in Scott County who have been awarded the prestigious scholarship since 1998, which pays for four years of tuition and required fees, and $800 per year for books and required expenses at any public or private college in Indiana. Eight of those students are currently attending college for their baccalaureate degrees, while the remaining are attending graduate school or have graduated and pursued their various dreams.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 13:54
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