Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 12:01

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

Friends, family say goodbye to longtime county head librarian PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:57

For years, Kathryn Nicholas was a familiar sight at the Scott County Public Library in downtown Scottsburg.

A 1941 Austin High School graduate and salutatorian of her graduating class, she first served as a library aide at the high school. In 1939, she was hired for a weekend job at the Scottsburg library at age 16. Her life revolved around working on the weekends at the Scottsburg building while staying with Rachel Wells, widow of Samuel Wells, a lawyer and owner of the county newspapers. Mrs. Wells first determined young Kathryn, who was an orphan, would make an excellent librarian and, as a member of the library board at that time, she recommended the tall, dark-haired girl. So, during the week, she lived with her grandparents in Austin and concentrated on her schooling, but she enjoyed those weekends.

Kathryn earned her first library certification in 1944, three years after she was hired full-time. For the next 53 years, Kathryn served as the friendly face of the county library system. After she took over the head librarian's job in 1946-47, Kathryn and her board bought an old bread truck and transformed it into a bookmobile. She also established small libraries in many of the county's one-room schoolhouses.

That was her goal in life, noted close friend Joe Smith. “She made sure the county's children had access to books. We even had home libraries she started in areas of the county, so children who lived far away from town could visit a neighbor and get a new book to read,” he explained. Smith was very familiar with the schoolhouse libraries; he became the Sunnyside School's librarian at age eight, earning two pennies per book he loaned out.

“Kathryn and Nick (Harold Nicholas, her late husband) weren't blessed with children of their own, but, believe me, they had lots and lots of children they helped,” advised Smith.

The Scottsburg Library had been established in 1921 with books purchased by its board from a private collector. Kathryn realized how valuable some of those books were and, in her capacity as head librarian, helped preserve many of the volumes.

To continue her education in library science, Kathryn took certification classes over the years at the old Indiana Central College and at Indiana University Southeast.

The Nicholases were devoted members of Scottsburg First Christian Church. Kathryn was also a member of the Indiana Library Federation and Friends of the Library as well as the Scott County Historical Society and an honor member of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. She was also a member of Scottsburg Order of Eastern Star Chapter 107 for over 50 years.

To her friends and those she worked with, she was a kind-hearted person with a wonderful personality topped off by an excellent brain. Her organizational skills were amazing. To her extended family, she was always Aunt Kathryn.

Preceding her in death was her husband and her parents, Roy and Captole Brittain Disney as well as a sister, Alma Baird.

Survivors include nephews and nieces and their children as well as special friends.

Visitation and the funeral service were conducted at the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Saturday, January 2. Joe Smith, Phil LaMaster and John Lowry officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be arranged through the funeral home staff to benefit Scottsburg First Christian Church.

On-line condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting



Lane Closures and Changes on I-65 Between Scottsburg and Henryville PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:53


The Indiana Department of Transportation closed single lanes on Interstate 65 between Scottsburg and Henryville this week for daytime and nighttime pavement patching.  Restrictions between mile markers 24.5 and 21.0 are in effect through Friday (JANUARY 8) at 6 p.m.

  • Southbound I-65 right lane closure from mile marker 24.0 to 21.0—this will complete asphalt patching to the south end of the project (mile marker 19.5)
  • Northbound I-65 left lane closure from mile marker 21.5 to 24.5—this will complete asphalt patching to the north end of the project (mile marker 29.0)

Adjacent lanes will remain open to motorists throughout the patching operation.  Lane widths will be narrowed from 12 to 11 feet.

A median crossover at the construction site for bridge replacement at Brownstown Road (22.0 mile marker) will remain in effect.  Drivers should anticipate traffic switches on either side of the twin bridges.

E & B Paving is INDOT’s prime contractor for this $12,385,500 asphalt resurface and bridge replacement project along 9.76 miles of I-65 in Scott and Clark Counties.

INDOT officials note that pavement patching should be completed by mid-week next week—weather permitting.  Bridge work at Brownstown Road will continue through the winter months.

Stay informed.  Updated information and a map of the closure are available on the Indiana Department of Transportation TrafficWise service at Roadway information is also available by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.  Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Twitter at and on Facebook at

Friends, family say goodbye to longtime county head librarian Kathryn Nicholas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:10

For years, Kathryn Nicholas was a familiar sight at the Scott County Public Library in downtown Scottsburg.

Two former Scottsburg Warriorette Women named to 2016 Silver Anniversary Team Members Announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:58


Eighteen women including two from Scottsburg have been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2016 Silver Anniversary Team, based on outstanding accomplishments as a senior basketball player 25 years ago.

The team includes 12 members of the 1991 Indiana All-Star squad, among them Indiana’s Miss Basketball. Six other all-state players are included to comprise the best of Indiana’s high school class of 1991.

Rossville’s Jennifer Jacoby was named 1991 Indiana Miss Basketball after totaling 2,344 career points and graduating as the state’s 2nd all-time leading scorer. Her senior season total of 709 points (33.7 ppg) was the 6th highest girls’ single-season scoring total in IHSAA history to that point.

Other 1991 Indiana All-Stars on this year’s Silver Anniversary Team include Sarah Armington, Liza (Reed) Arnold, Amy Brauman, Darnice Cloudy, Dana Creighton, Cindy Lamping, Anissa Lewis, Shannon Lindsey, Carrie (Mount) Roelle, Amy (Walker) Sundt and Natasha Weddle.

The remaining six, named to various all-state teams are: Melissa (Graham) Carnes, Christine (Robison) Carter of Scottsburg, Carrie (Thompson) Daniels of Scottsburg, Tricia Deffendoll, Lori Hissong-Knoblauch and Diane (Poulson) Miller.

All Women’s Silver Anniversary Team members will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 15th Annual Women’s Banquet on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Carrie Thompson Daniels, formerly of Scottsburg Averaged 17.5 and 6.3 assists a game her senior year. Led Scottsburg to 1989 IHSAA state championship title, along with four conference championships, three sectionals, three regionals, two semi-states and the 1987 Hall of Fame Classic championship under Hall of Fame coach, Donna Cheatham. Named three-time all-conference and all-sectional, two-time all regional and Hoosier Basketball Magazine all-state, along with all-semi-state and Top 40. Holds assist and scoring records at Scottsburg and was named to HBCA and East-West All-Star games, plus Women’s Basketball News Service All-America honorable mention. Received scholarship to play at Austin Peay State University where she averaged 10.3 points and won conference her senior year, along with NCAA tourney appearance. Awarded Wilma Rudolf award and Joy award. Remains Top 25 in 17 categories in university history. Has coached women’s college basketball at alma mater, Austin Peay (2 NCAA appearances), Western Kentucky and UNLV. She is the current Head Coach at Clarksville Academy. Residing in Clarksville, Tennessee, she is married with one son.

Christine Robison Carter of Scottsburg averaged double-double 13.1points, 10.3 rebounds) for Scottsburg senior year and was named two-time Hoosier Basketball Magazine first team all-state, conference, sectional, regional and all-semi-state, plus A.P. All-state, USA Today all-state, Huntington Tip-off all-state and Connection Magazine Player to Watch. Two-time MVP and team captain earned the Block Shot award and Rebound award three times. Led Scottsburg to 82-8 record four conference championships, three sectionals, three regionals, two semi-states, 1987 Hall of Fame Classic championship and 1989 State Finals games. Played two years for Southeastern Illinois College and was named to the Snow Classic all-tourney team, Lady Jaguar Classic all-tourney team, named Conference Freshman of the Year and NJCAA All Region Freshman of the Year. Carter has been a nursing tech at Baptist Hospital East for 13 years. Married, She resides in her hometown of Scottsburg.

The ceremony will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Tickets will be made available in coming weeks or can be reserved through the Hall’s website at Call the Hall at 765-529-1891 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


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