Hearing set April 27 on buildings eligible for Blight Elimination Program PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:55

 

 

Austin city officials along with staff of ARa have scheduled a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, concerning 20 buildings and homes eligible for tear-down through the city's Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The City of Austin recently won a grant of $392,000 through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Through this grant, structures deemed unsafe and/or abandoned and vacant may be purchased by the Austin Redevelopment Commission (ARC) and then torn down. The cleared properties may then be sold by the ARC, with proceeds being channeled back into the BEP.

Those properties targeted under BEP include:

458 West Maple Street

1253 North Church Street

219 Paulanna Avenue

232 East Main Street (State Road 256)

1316 West Gibson Drive

180 Paulanna Avenue

338 South Third Street

49 North High Street

1266 Pearl Street

503 Cross Street

95 Rural Street

136 Wilbur Avenue

971 North Second Street

1027 North Third Street

180 North Street

410 Broadway Street

331 Wilbur Avenue

285 Broadway Street

990 Mann Avenue

825 Mann Avenue

Through BEP, property owners are offered $6,000 for a building with no basement or $10,000 for a building with a basement.

The goal of BEP is to eliminate the number of blighted and abandoned homes in the community. Acquisition and demolition of the structures will aid in stabilization of neighborhood property values, prevent avoidable foreclosures and assist in keeping areas safe.

All interested persons are welcome to attend the April 27 public hearing. It will be held at Austin City Hall, 82 West Main Street.

Those with specific questions about properties listed for BEP inclusion may call Mayor Dillo Bush at 812-794-6646. Those with questions about the Blight Elimination Program can visit http://www.877GetHope.org/blight or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The City of Austin is a member of ARa, which aids the city with obtaining grants and administering grant programs.

 
Women from Salem and Columbus among recent drug-related arrests recorded PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:52

 

 

Two women, one from Salem and a second from Columbus, were among people recently arrested for drug-related offenses.

Brittany E. Cheatham, 33, Salem, was taken into custody on April 15 in Scottsburg. Deputy Joe Johnson stopped a gold-colored Chrysler because of the expired license plate the car was displaying.

Deputy Johnson soon learned that the driver, Cheatham, had an expired driver license nor could she provide proof of insurance coverage. She was ticketed for the offenses and the car was impounded.

When the vehicle was inventoried, Deputy Johnson said three baggies of methamphetamine were located. Drug paraphernalia, Alprazolam pills and Suboxone strips were also found, the probable cause affidavit related.

Cheatham was charged in Scott Superior Court with possession of the methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, both Level 6 felonies, and possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Her initial court hearing was conducted on April 15. A preliminary not guilty plea was entered for her, and an initial jury trial date of July 14 was scheduled by Judge Marsha Owens Howser.

Cheatham's bond is $15,000 if posted by a corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, Deputy Paul Clute stopped a Pontiac Grand Am for displaying a false or fictitious license plate at the Austin I-65 interchange.

Driver Mechelle A. Carroll, 46, Columbus, did not have a valid driver license and there was no proof of insurance for the car. Deputy Clute advised the woman that he was going to impound the car and asked her to step out of it.

Deputy Clute said he found a white pill laying on the car's center console. It turned out to be Methadone. An additional eight pills were found elsewhere as was a glass pipe coated with white residue.

The officer placed Carroll under arrest for the controlled substance and paraphernalia and also wrote her three tickets for infractions.

Carroll's initial hearing was held in Superior Court on Monday, April 18. With the preliminary not guilty plea entered, she was assigned an initial jury trial date of July 14 and the services of a public defender.

Carroll was released the same day after filing a cash bond of $1,500.

 

 
Scott County School District 2 Invites All to Annual Retirement Dinner May 19 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:51

 

 

Scott County School District 2 will host the annual Retirement Dinner to recognize retiring faculty and staff on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons at Scottsburg High School. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program recognizing this year’s retirees.

Anyone who would like to attend the evening’s festivities and celebrate the careers of our honored guests is encouraged to attend. There is a $10 dinner charge for any adult who is not an SCSD2 employee and a $5 charge for students K-12. Checks should be made payable to SCSD2 and can dropped by the Business Office during regular business hours (7 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or mailed to Connie Rose, 375 East McClain Avenue, Scottsburg, IN 47170 by May 6th.

Superintendent Marc Slaton stated, “We hope that past SCSD2 employees, former students, community members, along with friends and family of our current retirees will join us to help make this a very special evening. We do ask that anyone who would like to attend make proper arrangements by May 6th in order for meal preparations to be made.”

Presently slated to retire are: (At this time we do not know which retirees plan to attend the banquet)

Margie Carey - Scottsburg High School (2013 - 2015) - 2 Years

Ed Cozart - Johnson Elementary School (1990 - 2015) - 25 Years

Eldon Cutter - Scottsburg Middle School (2000 - 2015) - 15 Years

Maxine Hall - Vienna-Finley Elementary School (1994 - 2015) - 21 Years

Melinda Hobson - Scottsburg High School (1993 - 2016) - 23 Years

Doris Marcum - Johnson Elementary School (1971 - 2016) - 45 Years

Al Rabe - Scottsburg High School (2012 - 2016) - 4 Years

Lisa Vaughn - Scottsburg Middle School (1978 - 2016) - 38 Years

Mary Lou Ward - Johnson Elementary School (1986 - 2016) - 30 Years

 

 
Scott County Treasurer Reminds Residents that Spring Installment Taxes are Due May 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:50

 

 

Scott County Treasurer, Sheryl Jent, reminds everyone that Monday, May 10 is the payment deadline for SPRING 2015 property tax, payable in 2016. The statements will be mailed out Friday, April 15.

Jent states the taxpayers have several payment options: 1) In-person at the Treasurer’s office located on the east side of courthouse. 2) Locked drop-box located wall of Treasurer’s office to avoid waiting in line. 3) Call 812-752-8414 to pay by phone; however, credit/debit card transaction fees do apply. 4) Mail check along with payment coupon to: Scott Co. Treasurer, 1 E. McClain Avenue, Suite 140, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Non-sufficient funds will void tax payment. Mailed payments must have a Postal Service postmark on or before May 10, 2016. Receipt(s) can be mailed to taxpayer if self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed with payment.To ensure prompt posting of your tax payment, please detach and return the SPRING payment coupon with your payment or write parcel number on check. Please remember the statement you receive includes both SPRING and FALL coupons; therefore, statements are NOT mailed again in the FALL. Due to the increase of counterfeit currency, patience is asked while the staff inspects “ALL BILLS” when paying by cash.

Banks also conveniently accept tax payments and offer Saturday hours that the courthouse does not. Hours of operations are:

YOUR COMMUNITY BANK

(Scottsburg and Austin)

Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00-4:30; Wed & Sat 8:30-Noon; Fri 8:30-5:30

NEW WASHINGTON STATE BANK

Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:30-5; Wed & Sat 8:30-Noon; Fri 8:30-5:30

STOCK YARDS BANK

Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 9-4; Fri 9-5:30

SCOTT CO. TREASURER’S OFFICE

Mon – Fri 8:30-4:30

The Treasurer says if you can’t pay the entire tax amount due, please come in and make a partial payment to avoid any additional penalty. Partial payments are accepted year round. Please keep in mind any unpaid taxes will automatically receive penalty after May 11.

The following credit/debit cards are accepted as payments: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express; however, there is a $2 portal admin fee plus 2% of property tax amount that is added and collected by LoGO Indiana. If your mortgage company is responsible for the payment of your taxes, please forward statement to them immediately.

Questions regarding: Assessments – Assessor’s Office – 752-8436.

Exemptions/Deductions – Auditor’s Office – 752-8408

Taxes – Treasurer’s Office – 752-8414.

 
Candidates in several party races will be decided during May 3 primary election PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 April 2016 08:47

 

 

Voters in Indiana have sat on the sidelines since January, watching results of primary elections and party caucuses in other states whittle down potential Presidential candidates.

But Indiana will be in the political spotlight as the May 3 primary election is conducted. Not only will Scott County voters get to choose a nominee for President, they also have a few local contests to decide on both the Democrat and Republican tickets.

Both the local Republican and Democrat Party slates offer a contest for District 2 County Commissioner. Three Republicans filed for the at-large seats on the County Council. Two of the three Democrat incumbents in those at-large seats also filed, but they've got company. Four other Democrat candidates are also running.

On the Republican ticket this May 3, the District 1 County Commissioner seat nominee is Marvin L. “Lynn” Robinson. He has no opposition.

Robert “Bob” Tobias, the incumbent, refiled to retain the District 1 Commissioner seat on the Democrat ticket. He too is unopposed.

Primary voters will be choosing between Republicans Christopher “Chris” Albertson, currently a County Councilman, and Michael “Mike” L. Jones on May 3 to serve as their party's nominee for District 2 County Commissioner. On the Democrat side, incumbent Larry Blevins will face challenger Mike E. Nichols at the polls for the seat.

The contest to fill three at-large seats on the County Council attracted Republican candidates Diane L. Mullins, Larry Haven and David L. West.

On the Democrat side for the three Council seats, incumbents Iva Gasaway and Mike Zollman are among candidates. Incumbent Councilman Raymond Jones chose not to run again. Democrat candidates also include, in alphabetical order, Jim Boswell, Robert D. Peacock, Donnie Richie and Chuck Sebastian. Boswell is the county's current surveyor and serves on the Scott County Area Plan Commission. Peacock formerly served on the County Council as has Richie. Sebastian is the local Democrat Party's chairman.

The Democrat ticket also has several candidates who are unopposed in their party's primary. Those include: incumbents Missy Applegate, Clerk of the Circuit Court; Annalee Harrison-Turley, County Recorder; William G. “Jerry” Buchanan, County Coroner; and Superior Court Judge Marsha Owens Howser.

Current County Treasurer Sheryl D. Jent is being challenged by political newcomer James D. Morgan on the Demo slate.

The sitting judge of the 6th Circuit Court, Roger Duvall, a Democrat, is retiring at the end of December. Party candidates for his job include current County Prosecutor Jason M. Mount and attorney Joseph L. Payne. There is no Republican candidate for the post.

District 66 State Rep. Terry Goodin, a Democrat, has no opposition in the May primary.

Guy M. Townsend will serve as a Scott County delegate to the Democrats' state convention this year.

Democrat candidate John R. Gregg, running for Governor, is unchallenged.

Running for the Sixth Congressional District seat are five Democrats, Danny Frank Basham Jr., George Thomas Holland, Bruce W. Peavler, Ralph Spelbring and Barry Welsh. Basham is the current Lexington Township Trustee in Scott County.

Democrat candidates for the Ninth District U.S. Congressional seat are James McClure Jr., Bob Kern, Bill Thomas and Shelli Yoder.

John M. Dickerson of Indianapolis and Baron Hill, former Ninth District Congressman, are the Democrat Party candidates for the U.S. Senate seat.

U.S. Presidential candidates listed on the ballot for Democrats are Hillary Clinton, Roque De La Fuente, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, although O'Malley has since dropped out.

Aside from candidates in County Council and County Commissioner seats, Republican candidates for local offices include Mark A. Gardner, who is running for county surveyor.

Candidates for Republican precinct committeemen include David R. Hardin, Lexington 1; Chris Albertson,Vienna 2; and Scott A. Zellers, Vienna 6. Democrat precinct committeemen were selected in last year's election.

Republican State Convention delegate candidates are Donna R. Dowd, Phillip D. Dowd and Chris Albertson.

Current Governor Michael R. Pence is running unopposed for Governor on the Republican ticket. Joe Van Wye is the Republican for the District 66 State Representative seat.

Three Republicans are running for nomination to the junior U.S. Senator's seat. They include Eric J. Holcomb, Marlin A. Stutzman and current Ninth District Congressman Todd Young.

The Ninth District Congressional seat on the Republican side has candidates Robert Hall, Trey Hollingsworth, Erin Houchen, Brent Waltz and Greg Zoeller. Houchen is the former Erin Mount and a native of Scott County who now resides with her husband and family in Salem. She serves in the Indiana legislature. Zoeller is the current Indiana Attorney General.

Republicans seeking the Sixth District Congressional District job are the incumbent, Luke Messer, and challengers Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr. and Jeff Smith.

The other contest currently on the Republican side is, of course, the U.S. Presidency. Candidates listed include Ted Cruz, John R. Kasich and Donald Trump as well as the names of drop-outs Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum.

 

 
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