Fly-In, Quilt Show next in line-up of local festivals, events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:46



Festivals in Scott County are family-friendly and offer free entertainment, great eats, interesting booths and lots of activities. Next on the schedule are:

? Scottsburg Airport Fly-In on Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, at the privately owned airport maintained on South Lake Road, Scottsburg. Visit and enjoy talking with the Indy Air Hogs. Members of the organization will be flying their single-person paragliders mornings and late afternoons/evenings, depending on weather conditions. Saturday ends with a fabulous fireworks display preceded by release of lighted Japanese lanterns.

? Museum Quilters’ Quilt Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 8, 9 and 10, at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg. Gaze at an eclectic collection of quilts, pillows, wall hangings and more and vote for your favorite. Enter a quilt by calling 812-752-1050.

? Annual Raptor Days at Hardy Lake on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 22 to 24. Sponsored by Friends of Hardy Lake, visitors to the state recreational area northeast of Austin will enjoy seeing some of the fine feathered friends who make the nearby Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Rehab Center their home. Tours of the Raptor Rehab Center will be available. Shop for related items from vendors who set up for the weekend. An all-you-can-eat breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 10 a.m. on that Saturday at the big shelterhouse overlooking Hardy Lake.

?Annual “We Care” Car Show on the downtown square in Scottsburg on Sunday, September 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse through a mix of classic and antique cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles free of charge. Those entering vehicles in the show will be eligible for door prizes, and there’ll be music and plenty to eat as well. For more information, contact Marty and Brenda Clegg of the Falls City Mustang Club at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mary Miller of I105.3 FM at 812-752-3688 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

? Austin Firemen’s Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, on the grounds of the Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department in downtown Austin. Fish will be fried and consumed and plenty of booths are promised as well as musical entertainment all the time and hayrides in the evenings.

? “Tales at Pigeon Roost” is planned by staff and volunteers of the Scott County Historical Society and the Heritage Center and Museum at the Pigeon Roost Monument for Friday, October 13. The event will feature gripping stories, but the evening is designed with families in mind. Tales will be told around a bonfire, and families are welcome to come early and enjoy picnic meals or roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Reservations will not be taken for this outdoor event. Donations to the museum’s operating fund will be appreciated.

? Scottsburg Main Street’s Halloween Night in downtown Scottsburg. Over 1,300 children enjoyed this event with their parents last year, thanks to supporting businesses on and around the square and summer-like weather. Dress up and visit each business to receive candy and other treats. The date of this free event will be announced later.

? Courtyard Christmas and lighted parade in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday, November 25. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be coming to town in style as part of the lighted parade at 6 p.m. The jolly couple will also be at Santa’s Workshop in the courtyard square to visit with children and hand out candy treats. Look for supporting businesses which will remain open and offer meal and treat specials, and grab a free, horse-drawn carriage ride as part of the holiday fun.




Young men charged with ‘speed contest’ after incident August 24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:44



Two young men have been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and participating in a “speed contest” after an incident that reportedly occurred Thursday, August 24.

Charged are Presley Michael Moore, 23, and William Damsel Weekly, 18, both of Austin.

Deputy Josh Watterson of the Sheriff’s said Weekly and Moore were driving up to 72 miles per hour on State Road 56 near several fast food restaurants on the eastside of the interchange. The speed limit is 35 mph in that area of S.R. 56.

When they saw his patrol car on the highway, the officer said the pair braked and turned into Taco Bell. Weekly was at the wheel of a red pickup truck; his friend was driving a small black car.

Deputy Watterson said that Weekly made the statement that the two were drag racing and “…that it was a stupid idea…”

Weekly had a learner’s permit in his possession. The probable cause affidavit noted that, when he was asked how fast he thought he was going, Moore reportedly stated he didn’t know, “…but he knew he was going faster than the truck…”

Scottsburg Patrolman James Vires assisted Deputy Watterson at the scene.

Both men are charged with reckless driving and speed contest, both Class B misdemeanors.

Moore and Weekly had initial court hearings on Friday, August 25, and preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for them. A bench trial date of October 17 was scheduled for each.

Though bail was set at $10,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,000 cash, Judge Jason Mount released each on his own recognizance.

He also put a couple of conditions on their release: Neither is to go onto the Taco Bell property and, when they are driving, they shall break no laws.




Suspected drug dealer, juveniles taken into custody after ‘buys’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:41



A suspected drug dealer and three male juveniles were taken into custody on Friday, August 25, by law enforcement agencies working on the case.

A Scottsburg Police Department officer, Patrolman Troy Ford, had received a couple of tips that Douglas “Doug” R. Morris, 51, Scottsburg, was “…selling large amounts of meth(amphetamine) and supplying several people in the Scott County area.” One of those tips came from the Sellersburg post of the Indiana State Police.

With officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Salem City Police, Ptl. Ford planned a “buy” of meth from Morris using a confidential informant (CI).

The first purchase of the illegal drug occurred July 20, Ptl. Ford explained in the case’s probable cause affidavit. It allegedly occurred at Morris’ home on South Lake Road. A total of four grams of meth was obtained, the officer said.

On August 4, Sgt. Rodney Watts, the Salem detective and Ptl. Ford planned a second undercover “buy.” This time, the CI obtained 3.5 grams of meth from Morris at his home, the affidavit related.

Officers drove to the Morris residence on that Friday, finding Morris at home. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Scott County Security Center.

The whereabouts of the juvenile boys at that time was not revealed, but the teenagers were reportedly rounded up and taken to the juvenile center at Brownstown.

Morris had his initial hearing on Monday morning, August 28, before Judge Jason Mount. Two counts of Level 4 felony dealing in meth had been filed, and Judge Mount gave the case an initial jury trial date of November 27.

Morris requested a public defender, which will be considered by the court. He also asked to be placed on home detention, but Judge Mount denied that request.

Morris’ bail is $60,000 by corporate surety bond or $6,000 cash.

That afternoon, the juveniles were present for court hearings. Each was released to a parent or grandparents with another hearing scheduled later in the month. Two of the juveniles, who are brothers, were ordered to have no further contact with Morris.


Scott County Moose Family Center Goes Tobacco Free PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:38



Since we all can remember, lodges for social and charitable organizations, such as the Moose and the Elks, have been widely regarded as dimly lighted barrooms where members could not only fraternize over food and drinks, but also light up a cigarette or cigar. Thanks to pressure from some younger members, this trend is changing right here in Scott County.

According to Archie Campbell, Administrator at the Scott County Moose Family Center #2324, “our organization changed because of the will of the members.” According to the Indiana Smoking Laws, fraternal lodges and gambling boats may allow smoking. It’s up to the individual business whether they go completely smoke free.

According to Campbell, “This was a member-driven decision. Our members came to the leadership and petitioned to have this item placed on the ballot. On the April 2017 ballot, members had the opportunity to vote on the item. They voted to go completely tobacco free. It was not a top-down decision, but rather a decision determined by the members of the Moose Family Center.”

This past July 4, 2017, the center went completely smoke free and even more, completely tobacco free. However, not wanting to alienate or lose members, they decided to accommodate their smoking members by installing a 14 foot by 40 foot long separate building with exhaust fans and flat screen televisions so their smokers would have a place to smoke nearby.

This decision determined by the members of the lodge to go tobacco free has improved more than the indoor air quality. They recently replaced all the old smelly carpet with laminate, put in new carpet, wiped down the walls, and will soon be installing ceiling fans.

The Moose Family Center said it hasn’t hurt their business much. They believe their addition of the separate building helps to show smokers that they still care about them. They currently boast 950 members, of which 574 are men and 376 are women. Every Thursday, the women prepare a dinner that the members enjoy.

They realize that it’s important to cater to the younger adult members who say they don’t want to be around smoke. Younger members shared that they love what the Moose stands for, but they couldn’t stand it on Friday nights due to all the smoke and especially didn’t want their kids around it.

Cheryl Kellett joined Moose Family Center six years ago, “When we walked in, everyone welcomed us and everybody was so friendly. People were very welcoming.” She said that people are bringing their kids in now, because they always have something going on for the kids. They feel like they are part of the Moose family.

The Moose Family Center wants to begin more youth programs. As members, they believe their greatest assets to the community are they are a friendly atmosphere, offer monthly entertainment and bands, wonderful fellowship, community involvement and community outreach, fun activities (darts, pool, euchre, bingo every Friday), in addition to a Scott County Golf Scramble, State Golf Scramble, Moose Kid Night once a month, State pool tournament, and a State dart tournament. They would like to begin offering food for sale to their members on a regular basis, so they are hoping to get this started soon if they can find someone to take this on.

Jack Kellett, Governor for the Scott County Moose Family Center, shared passionately about Indiana’s Mooseheart School, a large campus where infants through high school graduates lives. Mooseheart is a residential childcare facility, located on a 1,000-acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago. The Child City is a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school. Dedicated in July 1913 by the Moose fraternal organization, Mooseheart cares for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons, to care for them. The men and women of the Moose, through unparalleled generosity and volunteerism, furnish the resources necessary to care for children in need. The Moose fraternity provides children with a wholesome home-like environment and the best possible training and education.

If you are interested in learning more about the Scott County Moose Lodge, please contact Archie Campbell at 812-752-6993 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Their address is 805 S. Gardner Street in Scottsburg.





Scottsburg Suffers First Defeat of the Season Against North Harrison 47-7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 07:47

By Allison Justice

On Friday, August 25, the Scottsburg Warriors took the field for their second game of the season, this time against North Harrison. Scottsburg received the opening kickoff and began from their own 20. After a quick 3 and out the defense took the field. Scottsburg’s defense could not hold as North Harrison marched down the field for the opening score with 8:08 remaining in the first. Scottsburg could not gain any momentum on their next possession that ended with another punt. When Scottsburg’s defense took the field for the second time, they were ready; on second down the Warriors forced and recovered a fumble setting the offense up with excellent field position.

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