Local Ivy Tech students seriously injured in Monday night Interstate 65 accident PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:47



Two young men have their families and friends praying for their recoveries after both were badly injured in an accident that occurred after a Monday night rainstorm on Interstate 65.

The accident happened shortly before 9:30 p.m.

The red Chevy pickup truck was being driven by Dakota “Koty” Baker of Austin. His passenger was Mitchel S. Sebastian of Scottsburg. Both are students at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and were returning to their homes after attending classes.

Around the northbound 27 mile marker, the pickup may have hit standing water since heavy rain had hit the area that evening. The truck apparently crossed the median and struck a southbound semi-tractor-trailer rig driven by Fnu Rhamatullah of Carol Stream, Il.

Scottsburg volunteer firemen and First Responders, Scott County EMS and deputies with the Sheriff’s Department raced to the scene with Indiana State Police troopers. Extrication from the wreckage was required for both of the young men. Stabilized at the scene, each was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital.

At the hospital, Baker was taken into surgery. Reports indicate that both arms were broken as well as ribs and his pelvis. His friend suffered a brain bleed, which was reported to be under control, as well as broken ribs, pelvis and back.

Both were listed in critical condition earlier this week.

The semi-tractor driver was not injured in the mishap.

The crash caused a traffic back-up on the interstate. Southbound lanes were closed for four hours.

Trp. Chris Tucker stated that the investigation is on-going.



Scottsburg parade winners receive trophies for creative efforts to light up downtown PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:45


Lots of lights were used to good effect in this year’s lighted parade in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday night, November 26.

And there was a lot of creativity among the floats, too. Judges quickly selected their favorites, noting the crowd’s response to entries to select the winner of Best Overall.

That honor went to Tom Maguire, who recreated The Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame to the delight of young and old spectators.

And nearly everyone threw candy to the crowds!

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrived in their sleigh at the downtown courtyard immediately after Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham and 2016 Miss Scott County Fair Queen Mallorie Mayer pulled up in a carriage drawn by two palomino draft horses.

Winners in the parade also included C3BB, the city-owned high-speed wireless internet utility in the Best Car/Truck category. Staff and friends dressed as favorite Christmas characters.

Girl Scouts of America Troop 1747 brought a huge birthday cake to the parade, celebrating Indiana’s 200th birthday with everyone. The entry won Best Church/Organization this year.

Johnson Township Volunteer Fire Department entered their light- and flag-strewn fire engine, which is painted a serene blue. The firemen won Best Fire Department for their efforts.

The trophy for Best Business was won by the float entered by Persimmon Ridge Primitives, a shop located on U.S. 31 South.

All who entered were thanked for their participation by Mayor Graham. Before the Clauses slipped off to their workshop, they and Queen Mallorie helped the Mayor turn on the lights around the square and at Lake Iola.

Though the weather was crisp, it didn’t prevent people from coming downtown that evening. Lots of parents waited patiently with their children to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be back today (Saturday) to visit with youngsters from 3 to 6 p.m. His workshop is located northeast of the courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.

Others opted for a free carriage ride provided by the Scottsburg Beautification Committee. Two matched white mules were used to pull the white carriage through Scottsburg.

Decorations on the courtyard and the lake will remain lighted through January 1.


Indiana Rural School Clinic Network opening facility in Austin for students PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 December 2016 11:42


A school-based health clinic in Austin will be opening its doors in 2017.

Created through a partnership with the Indiana Rural School Clinic Network (IRSCN) and school districts in Austin, Crothersville and Hanover, the clinic will combine in-person care along with the new version of healthcare, telehealth.

Rural residents and low-income families often face difficulties in accessing quality healthcare for their children. The new IRSCN will focus on serving for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who are enrolled in the three participating school districts. parents can also use the clinic for acute needs. Students, however, will always be seen first before other patients.

Additional information about the clinic will be released in coming weeks, Scott School District 1 school officials said.

In announcing the new clinic, IRSCN executive director Don Kelso explained that the rural telehealth network will offer parents the opportunity to be linked with physicians for in-school primary healthcare.

Telehealth, essentially long-distance or remote diagnosis via technology, is a new concept for Indiana, Kelso noted.

“For this particular clinic, students can be seen either at the onsite school clinic in Austin or via (the) telehealth (system) by the same providers. When a child is sick, he or she will go to the school nurse. The nurse makes the decision on whether the child needs to be seen by a doctor. If so, the parent is called and asked if he/she wishes to join the visit,” explained Jenni Hill, IRSCN manager.

Parental/guardian consent forms to participate in the new system have already been completed by the school districts. Consequently, the school nurse can schedule the onsite or telehealth virtual appointment for the sick child.

If the child needs to be seen by a doctor, a school representative will transport the child to the clinic.

The telehealth system allows the child to be examined by the school nurse so that a good decision can be made on how to properly handle the child’s problem. “During the telehealth process, the nurse is basically the doctor’s hands and can perform non-invasive scopes and other diagnostic equipment. The doctor can then diagnose and call in prescriptions for the child as needed,” explained Hill.

In Austin, the clinic will be housed in the original administration building, located at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 31 South and Howard Street. Parking for visitors will be located behind the brick building off Howard St.

The structure used to house the Austin Police Department. Work has been under way for several weeks to transform it into the new health clinic.

The Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic is the second school-based telehealth clinic to open in Indiana. The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) received a planning grant last June to establish school-based telehealth clinics. Such clinics can provide resources and support for current and future school-based health clinics. The community of Elwood in northwest Indiana has been operating its clinic since early September. Six more school systems are expected to add school-based telehealth this school year.

“Delivering high-quality healthcare to rural school children is a pressing need across Indiana. The state presently lags behind other states which have allocated funding specifically for school-based health clinics. IRHA’s goal is to change that, and we will take initial steps to achieve this through the implementation of IRSCN and the use of telehealth technology,” advised Kelso.

He added, “Through IRSCN and our grants, we can bring the next level of medical care to our youngest Indiana residents and establish telehealth best practices as we move forward.”

Deputies investigate record 16 crashes in week’s time; nine hurt, one fatality reported PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:41

Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department investigated a record number of accidents from Monday, November 21, through Sunday evening, November 27.

Tolling transponder options, and toll-free options PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:41

In last week’s issue we looked at the price of tolls on the new bridges. 

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