Indiana Dept. of Education releases Scott County's Public School's ISTEP Pass Percentages PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 15 January 2016 10:52



The Indiana Department of Education has reported that 53.5% of the students who took the ISTEP standardized test last year passed both the language arts and mathematics portions. 74.7 percent of students passed both sections in 2014. Officials say the new scores cannot be compared to previous years' scores because testing has changed. Lawmakers have been considering removing any negative influences the test scores might have on school districts and teacher pay.

The following is the percentages from the Scott County Schools:

Austin Elementary School 50.6% passed English, 42.5% passed Math

Johnson Elementary School 60% passed English, 62.1% passed Math

Lexington Elementary School 87.1% passed English, 80.6% passed Math

Scottsburg Elementary School 63.4% passed English, 54.9% passed Math

Vienna-Finley Elementary School 75.5% passed English, 79.3% passed Math

Crothersville Elementary School 83.8% passed English, 94.4% passed Math

Malfunctioning electric cigarette was cause of semi rig’s crash, driver’s injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 08:42

It’s odd, but apparently true: A malfunctioning electronic cigarette was the apparent cause of an accident on Interstate 65 that happened around noon on Tuesday, January 5.

Needed in Death Investigation-Arrest Made PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 11 January 2016 14:44

Washington County-This morning, detectives from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies acted on a tip that led them to a Salem man whom the tipster stated was responsible for the death of Mitchell Lovins.

Investigators spoke to Derek A. Deaton, 22, from North Canton Road in Salem, and after speaking with him, they placed him under arrest. He was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash Resulting in a Death, Level Five Felony.

At the time of the hit and run Derek A. Deaton was driving a red 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.

Derek A. Deaton was incarcerated at the Washington County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.

***Media Note*** A photo of Derek A. Deaton is attached to this news release.

Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:25


INDIANAPOLIS – During the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly, State Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin) will push to legalize the use of cannabis oil for medical treatment.

House Bill 1158 will exempt individuals and physicians from criminal penalties for possession or use of cannabis oil if it is being used as a part of an individual’s medical treatment.

“Cannabis oil is an effective method of medical treatment for many people,” said Goodin. “I want to ensure that those who would benefit from the use have legal access.”

The bill would exempt individuals from legal repercussions if they are prescribed the medicine by their physician or are administered the substance as a normal part of their treatment.

Physicians would be protected as well, as they transfer, dispense or administer cannabis oil to their patients.

Goodin decided to advocate for this bill because of the effectiveness it has in treating certain illnesses.

“With so many children affected by conditions that cause seizures, I believe it only makes sense to allow this medicine to be available as a treatment option,” said Goodin. “The use of cannabis oil can help those who are unable to experience relief with the use of their current medications.”

Indiana has seen problems resulting from the prescribing of powerful opioids and other pain medicines. Goodin also sees House Bill 1158 as a way to combat those problems.

“By giving doctors the latitude to prescribe other, much less powerful drugs, I believe Indiana and its citizens will be better off,” said Goodin.

Goodin supported the legislation during the 2015 session as well, urging lawmakers to legalize the drug in situations where it would provide a medicinal benefit to an individual.

“This bill does not legalize marijuana,” said Goodin. “House Bill 1158 simply makes it possible for physicians to prescribe the oil, taken from hemp and marijuana plants, to patients who could benefit from its use.”

Cannabis oil is currently available in several states and provides significant relief from several serious medical conditions including epilepsy in young children.

“There are children in Indiana who are in need of cannabis oil for medical purposes,” said Goodin. “It’s time we made progress with this issue. This bill will ensure that residents of Indiana, who are in need of this substance, can live a healthier life.”

Free food distributions are offered monthly in Austin and Scottsburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:02


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, January 8. It is located on the northeast corner of West Cherry and South Second Streets.

On Friday, January 22, a free distribution of food will take place at The Rock, the Scottsburg First Christian Church shelterhouse 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 cars. 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.

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