Youth are the driving force behind M4MM PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 07:23

As long as there has been Christmas celebrations, there have been children and families in need.

Scott County School District 2 Uses Digital Platform to be on Forefront of School Nutrition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:34


Scott County School District 2 Uses Digital Platform to be on Forefront of School Nutrition

Scott County School District 2 School Nutrition announces their continued partnership with Nutrislice digital menus. Gone are the days of the printed menu, as Scott 2 school nutrition uses the app, website, and social media to communicate with students, parents, and staff. The smartphone app and menus website shows each day’s menu, including pictures, descriptions, detailed nutrition information, allergen and special diet info, and more for every food item. The department Facebook page, SCSD2 School Nutrition, has over 300 Likes and is continuing to grow.

"As mobile devices become more and more integral in our user's everyday lives, we are excited to provide a free app that provides parents and students with important information about the foods we’re serving each day and make that information easily accessible," said Leigh Anne Peterson, School Nutrition and Wellness Director. "The continuation of our app and menus format, speaks to our commitment to inspire healthy eating choices and provide more transparency around school lunch.”

The District is proud of the staff commitment to provide meals that are nutritious as well as appetizing. In the month of October, the school nutrition staff served close to 30,000 lunches, over 10,000 breakfasts, and 2,445 after-school snacks. On average, 64% of Scott 2’s students are eating school lunch, while 22% are eating breakfast at school.

Scott 2 joins school districts all over the country to use Nutrislice’s app to show healthy meal options. The app is offered for free on both the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android phones. It can also be reached on the web by going to


Players Are Announced for Thanksgiving Throwback Throwdown Basketball Rivalry Game Nov. 22 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:30

Rivalries and basketball fever will come together for a good cause at the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council’s first-ever Thanksgiving Throwback Throwdown fundraiser! The Austin versus Scottsburg game will feature alumni from the schools battling for a coveted traveling trophy and bragging rights.

The big event will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Meyer Gym in Scottsburg. Tickets are $3 for students and seniors, and $5 for adults. Concessions will be available. John Jones GM City has sponsored a shoot-out contest in between the girls and guys games. Fans are welcome to stay after the games for an autograph session with their favorite players.

Many players, ranging from from the Class of 1973 through the most recent graduating class of 2015 have committed to play this fun event. They include: Austin women: Cissi White, Sable Eldridge, Courtney (McGinity) Hover, Brittany Bolden, Becky Hollan, Brittany Smith, Ashley Dowling, Michelle Goodin, Katy McIntosh, Chelsea Jones, Ashley Terry, Shantel Gray, Lindsay Davidson, Kourtney Mace, Kamry Howard, Jessie Davidson, Kaitlin Embrey, Holli Reynoldsen;

Scottsburg women: Melinda Sparkman, Jeanie Taylor, Rachelle Baker, Patty (Hutchinson) Clancy, Jaime (Mays) Cutter, Amy (Thompson) Hollan, Trish (Vaughn) Brown, Tiffany (Barger) Copple, Jennifer Collins, Jamie Collins, Courtney Means

Austin men: Bruce Johnson, Daniel Eversole, Anthony Winchester, Ty Stallings, Jeremy Hollan, Tyler Petersen, Ty Winchester, Ben Raichel, Torrey Winchester, Kameron Draper, Cody Lesnet, Markus Fleenor, Dakota Staschke.

Scottsburg men: Eric Mullins, Monty Stutsman, Ryan Campbell, Johnny Coomer, James Colwell, Eric Copple, Allen Barnett, Jake Johanningsmeier, Dustin Marshall, DJ Meyers, Cameron Collins, Kirk Hardin, Seth Helton, Cameron Schmidt, Christian Barrett.

Coaches Donna Cheatham, Rhonda Smith, Scott Murphy and Gene Rogers will oversee the Scottsburg players, while coaches Mike Deaton and Jared Petersen will assist the Austin players. AHS graduate and former Youth Grantmaking Council member Kayla Griffen will do the honors of singing the National Anthem before the games.

Current sponsors include t-shirt sponsor ISU Insurance & Investment Group, trophy sponsor Hardy’s Café and the Scott County Community Foundation.

All proceeds will benefit the youth of Scott County. The YGC is a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, where youth learn about community service, leadership, teamwork, fundraising and grantmaking. Please contact Jaime Toppe at 812-752-2057 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information or to sign up to play.

Plans set for Courtyard Christmas events in downtown Scottsburg on November 28 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:27


Plans have been finalized for a very nice Courtyard Christmas Celebration for the public to enjoy in downtown Scottsburg on Saturday, November 28.

Music, the lighted parade, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and free horse-drawn carriage rides will all be a part of the festivities as will several downtown merchants who plan to have their doors open to greet families, couples and individuals in the holiday spirit.

All downtown merchants and building owners are encouraged to decorate their windows for Christmas.

Holiday music will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo on the southeast side of the Courthouse. Scottsburg Mayor Bill Graham will be on hand to greet all and to give the signal to turn on downtown Christmas lights.

With entries following the theme of “Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas,” the parade will begin at 6 p.m. and follow its normal route of east on State Road 56 (McClain Avenue, following the flow of traffic around the square and continuing straight on Wardell Street to reconnect with Washington Street and disperse at the original gathering place, the Scottsburg Elementary School's parking lot.

Parade watchers are encouraged to show their patriotism and respect as veterans on a special float ride by. Any veteran who would like to be on the float can call the Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169.

Every entry must display some type of lighting. Want to know more about how to participate? Call the Mayor's Office for information. People can also receive instructions on where to take donations of lights and Christmas decorations for the Courtyard Christmas Committee to use.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be part of the parade. Their float will stop on Wardell St. to allow them to disembark and walk through the courtyard crowd to Santa's Castle, located on the northeast side of the courtyard. They will greet every child and pose for photos throughout the evening.

Carriage rides will begin after the parade. People who would like to take one of those rides should line up on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of the courtyard.

Families who can't be a part of the events on November 28 are welcome to come back to Santa's Castle on the three Saturdays before Christmas, December 5, 12 and 19. Santa will make a special trip to the Castle and visit with youngsters from 3 to 6 p.m.

He'll be wearing his old-fashioned, traditional robe on December 5. On December 12, he will be garbed in the more familiar red-and-white suit.

On December 19, Santa Claus will be dressed as G.I. Santa. A special collection for the Wounded Warrior program will be taken that day.

Youngsters can also leave their letters addressed to Santa Claus at the North Pole at a new mailbox that is being installed at Santa's Castle throughout the holidays.

Students from the Scottsburg Middle School Builders Club will be taking donations for the Salvation Army during the event on November 28 and on each of the three Saturdays children can visit with Santa at his Castle.

Among partners and sponsors for Courtyard Christmas are the City of Scottsburg, the Scott County Visitors Commission and Scottsburg MainStreet.

Kids First Auction volunteers will transform Knights Hall into local TV station PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:25


Bids will be flyin' on some great items this Saturday, November 22, during the 2015 Kids First Auction.

All the action begins at 9 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Scottsburg and on Time Warner Community Channel 25 or 8.6 digital. People can also watch and bid via the Kids First livestream on the internet at Or come to the hall on U.S. Highway 31 North in Scottsburg to see the merchandise and bid in person.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Kids First event, located across from Scott Memorial Hospital. Lively action is promised as bids are called in to operators or submitted in person, and the Kids First kitchen staff promises some great chili, hot dogs and other favorites to keep everyone satisfied.

Volunteers have organized lots of toys, tools, cuddly plush animals, blankets and throws, handmade rugs, theme baskets, perfumes and aftershaves and Christmas decorations plus small appliances, a huge selection of handmade birdhouses from Bob Babbs, jewelry and a huge number of certificates for products and services.

Kids First is the local non-profit organization which raises money through a fun, fabulous auction that normally lasts into the wee hours of the following Sunday morning. All funds raised by Kids First are used to help children and families in difficult financial straits throughout the year.

Through the years that Kids First has operated, families with sick children have received money for medicine, medical aids and gas. Working with the Scott County Community Clearinghouse, Kids First has helped others with housing and utility expenses. A donation to Kids First is "the gift that keeps on giving."

Throughout the past year, dedicated volunteers have collected, sorted and placed a variety of items into auction lots. And it's all up for grabs on Saturday.

The vehicle donated this year to Kids First by Wheels and Deals Auto Sales is very nice. It's a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. Business owner Sam McIntosh has donated a nice, used vehicle for the past four years. The car will be parked outside the hall on Saturday for all to see.

Jewelry will also be up for grabs at this year's auction as will holiday decorations, huge stuffed animals, toys, toys, toys, beautiful handmade items and much, much more.

People who still have items to donate can call Sherry and Ross St. Clair at 812-752-5854 or Ed Amick at 812-595-0137 to arrange for pick-ups or drop-offs.

Anyone who wants to preview some of the auction items can do so by going to


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