October events featured for public to enjoy outdoors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:22



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

? “Mystery, Murder and Mayhem” 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 starting at 7 p.m., and families are welcome to come earlier and enjoy their own 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. The event’s raindate is Friday, October 20.

? 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.

? Saturday, October 21, is designated as Hardy Lake Fall Fun Day at the state recreation area. People enjoy camping at the lake and decorating for Halloween. The event will be followed by the Hardy Lake “Owl ‘O Ween Spooktacular Weekend” on Saturday, October 28. Hours on both days are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each will begin with an outdoor breakfast at the shelter house overlooking the lake, hours 7 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages three to 12. Lake staff will offer pumpkin carving, wagon rides, a costume fashion show and then trick-or-treating at the campgrounds. The public is invited to attend.

? Scottsburg Main Street’s Halloween Night in downtown Scottsburg on Tuesday, October 31. 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.

? 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.

? Austin Christmas Parade and city open house, all scheduled for Saturday, December 2. Santa will come to town in style during the parade and then visit with youngsters at the yearly open house. The parade will begin at 1 p.m., and the open house will follow immediately after in the old gym at Austin Upper Elementary School.

Dollar General’s parent company files appeal of State Commission’s decision PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:21



An appeal by Dolgencorp L.L.C., the parent company of Dollar General Stores, was filed on Wednesday, September 20, with the Indiana State Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC).

Dolgencorp lost its chance to obtain a license to sell warm beer and wine to customers at its newest store in Scott County on September 5 when its application was presented to the state commission. The company had 15 days in which to file an appeal of the ATC’s vote. The appeal was filed on that final day.

Battle lines were originally drawn in August when the application was presented to the local Alcohol Advisory Board at a hearing held in Scottsburg. Members tied 2-2 on the issue, thus opening the application to further scrutiny by the ATC. The four members of the state commission were unanimous in their opposition.

The date and time at which the appeal will be heard were not available at this newspaper’s deadline. No information was posted about the appeal’s hearing on the ATC website as of Wednesday afternoon, September 27.

According to some opponents, a group is forming to attend the hearing and present evidence against the application’s appeal.




Probation violations by pair send both to jail for remainder of sentences PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:18



Violations committed by a pair of probationers have sent both back to prison to serve out their original sentences.

According to Scott County Prosecutor Chris Owens, Charles Quinn was convicted in 2006 for sexual battery. As a result of the conviction, Quinn was sentenced to seven years and listed with the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. Any person listed on the registry is required to keep the Sheriff’s Office aware of his/her current address at all times. Quinn did not.

Quinn was cited for violating the terms of his probation and failing to register. Of the seven years he was given, Prosecutor Owens said he will serve five in prison and two on supervised probation once he is released. Quinn’s cases were handled by Deputy Prosecutor Liz Stigdon.

Prosecutor Owens explained the purpose of the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. “The registry is a tool that allows easy access for citizens to find out who has been convicted of certain crimes, especially sex crimes. It allows us to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. All offenders who are required to register and don’t will held accountable by our office,” he said, adding, “Because of his lack of compliance, we will all know where Mr. Quinn will be located for the next few years, with the Indiana Department of Corrections.”

The registry is accessible through the Sheriff’s Department website, scottcountysheriff.org. Since its inception, it has been maintained by the Sheriff’s Department.

Kalee Hurt was placed on one year of probation on May 16 for her conviction for narcotic drug possession. Less than a month later, a petition to revoke her probation was filed with Scott Circuit Court because she had failed to report to her probation officer, a requirement in her original plea. She had also failed drug screening.

Because she failed to comply with all terms of her probation, Hurt was ordered to serve her one year in jail.

“Holding people accountable and making them comply with requirements placed on them by the court is a large part of making the criminal justice system work. We are dedicated to holding people accountable for their actions. Offenders are often given probation so they can take advantage of programs to correct parts of their lives identified as areas in which they need help,” advised Prosecutor Owens.

He described this “domino effect” in that probationers who do not meet with their probation officers cannot get the help they need, and, in effect, are refusing to “…do their part in trying to become useful and law-abiding members of society. They need to be held accountable and jailed for their refusal to do so,” the Prosecutor concluded.

Mayer begins duties as Chief Deputy for Sheriff’s Department PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:16



Being selected to serve as chief deputy for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department is, in the words of new Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer, “…an honor and a commitment to continue to serve this community.”

Chief Deputy Mayer took over the position on Tuesday, September 19, from the acting Chief Deputy Rick Barrett. Barrett has returned to his previous post as detective for the department, one he reluctantly left to serve as the acting officer second in command to Sheriff Dan McClain upon the resignation of Don Campbell months ago.

Campbell left to take a job in the private sector while also serving as a part-time detective for the Austin Police Department.

Detective Barrett’s move brings the department back up to three detectives, with Paul Clute as the narcotics investigator and Jacklyn Colwell as domestic violence investigator.

Chief Deputy Mayer is a familiar face to many in the county. He was born here and, except for residing with his mother in Mississippi for seven years as a child and teenager, he has been a local resident all his life. He attended classes at the University of Mississippi and then transferred to Indiana University Southeast when he came home to Scott County.

He began his career in law enforcement in 1998 by serving as a reserve officer for the Austin Police Department (APD) under then-chief Marvin Richey. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with honors in March, 2000, after being hired the previous year as an APD patrolman. As a certified officer, he instructed training classes in firearms for the department.

He also became one of the department’s first K-9 officers and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He and his dog, Cheyenne, earned national recognition for drug interdiction. Mayer left the department in 2006 but stayed in the law enforcement field as a reserve deputy for the Sheriff’s Department while he worked for a family business.

Realizing how important a K-9 officer can be to a department, he and three others formed the American Police Canine Association (APCA) in 2006, a group which now has 357 members nation-wide. Mayer also stayed current with his certifications. “Once you’re in the law enforcement field, it’s hard to step away completely,” he explained.

He was hired by Sheriff McClain in 2011. He became the department’s K-9 officer in 2014 with the addition of a lean German Shepherd named Arina.

An excellent detector of illegal substances, K-9 Officer Arina helped local officers seize $131,000 in cash and around $250,000 worth of drugs in her first year. The pair won the APCA President’s Award for small drug interdiction teams.

With Arina remaining as his partner, Chief Deputy Mayer will have a patrol vehicle that is outfitted for the dog so that they can continue as a team.

“I appreciate the opportunity given to me and the faith shown in me by Sheriff McClain. Being chief deputy for this department is yet another way in which I can reflect professionalism in a positive manner, not only to the public we serve but also to my fellow officers,” stated Chief Deputy Mayer.



Probation violations by pair send both to jail for remainder of sentences PDF Print E-mail
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Violations committed by a pair of probationers have sent both back to prison to serve out their original sentences.

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