County Commissioners demand: section of Fairgrounds Road must be reopened PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:29

Scott County Commissioners are again on record demanding that a section of Fairgrounds Road be reopened.

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Eastern claims sectional championship PDF Print E-mail

In July Eastern sophomore Veronica Judson was crowned Queen of the Pekin Fourth of July Festival. On Saturday night, in the championship game of Class 2A Sectional 46, she earned another crown.

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Late Sunday afternoon crash on U.S. 31 North proves fatal to Scottsburg woman PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 10:37

 

 

An elderly motorist was killed and a family of four injured in a late afternoon crash that occurred Sunday, January 29, in Scottsburg.

Margaret “Peg” Anne Shirley, 90, was driving her 2012 Buick Lucerne and attempting to pull out on U.S. Highway 31 North and enter the southbound lanes around 5:30 p.m.

When she got onto the highway, a 2005 Dodge pickup truck driven by Floyd M. White, 28, Austin, struck the mid-sized sedan in the driver’s door. White later told Sgt./Detective Steven Herald that the car pulled out so quickly, there was no time for him to react.

The crash sent the car over into the southbound lanes, while the larger pickup skewed, coming to rest for the most part in the inner northbound lane. The accident was witnessed by Indiana State Police Trooper Martin Wimp. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.

First Responders and firemen with the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department arrived shortly after the mishap as did Scottsburg officers Det. Herald and Patrolman Trevis Burr and Deputies Joe Guarneri and Rex Herald. The woman was carefully removed from the wreckage and sent on by Scott County EMS ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital. She was pronounced dead there shortly after arrival. Internal injuries were reported to have caused her death.

Floyd White suffered an abrasion to his elbow/lower arm. His wife, Nicole, had a possible fracture or dislocation of her elbow/lower arm. The couple’s children, nine-year-old Jacklyn and four-year-old Zander, had contusions and bruises. The man was treated at the scene. His wife and children were taken to Scott Memorial for additional treatment.

The funeral for Peg Shirley was conducted at the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg on Thursday, February 2. Bro. Phil LaMaster and the Rev. Tim Lueking officiated.

Burial was in Scottsburg Cemetery.

 
SHS Female Wrestler Wins at Inaugural State Finals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 10:34

 

 

When Scottsburg High School (SHS) sophomore Fee Diaz first stepped on a wrestling mat, it was not in an attempt to pin an opponent. It was to take photographs for the student newspaper.

“They said they needed a spot filled,” Diaz said about being approached by SHS wrestling coach J.T. Jenkins while on assignment for The Booster.

Jenkins’ offer piqued Diaz’s interest. She put down the camera and picked up a singlet and headgear.

“I thought it would be something different,” Diaz said.

Trying something new paid off for Diaz — she placed fourth in her weight class at the inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals held on Jan. 20 at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, Ind.

“I was pretty proud,” Diaz said. “The people there have been wrestling for years and years. Some of them had full teams of girls.”

The inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling State Finals is the first of its kind for the state and for many states nationwide. SHS Athletic Director Jamie Lowry hopes girls wrestling continues to grow.

“Fee has done really well,” Lowry said. “We may look back at it [decades later] and see what Fee started. Hopefully, this starts something really big.”

Throughout the regular season, Diaz did not always have the opportunity to wrestle other female athletes. In the Mid-Southern Conference, Diaz said the number of female wrestlers is few, especially in her weight class of 98 pounds.

“I’ve only wrestled one other girl,” Diaz said before heading to state finals.

To compete, Diaz had to wrestle male athletes. On her team, the next male counterpart to practice with is 40 pounds heavier than her.

“When there are no girls, I just wrestle a boy,” Diaz said. “I like going out there and being different. I like to show them I can actually do it too.”

With the guidance of her coach, Diaz quickly picked up on the basics and was able to make significant gains. She had one pin this season, and next season, she wants to go further.

“I just want to get better and learn new moves,” Diaz said.

She also hopes more females will try wrestling.

“I hope a lot of girls want to try it,” Diaz said. “It’s awkward at first. You get over it. It’s something different.”

 

 
City of Austin again successful in receiving Blight Elimination Program loan dollars PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 February 2017 10:33

 

 

The City of Austin has again been successful in obtaining a Blight Elimination Program (BEP) loan from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

An announcement made by the authority on Tuesday, January 31, stated that the City of Austin will receive $252,000. This award follows a 2016 BEP loan of $392,000.

All local units of government in Indiana’s 92 counties were eligible to apply for BEP funding. Loan dollars are used exclusively to eliminate blighted, vacant and abandoned homes in the State’s effort to decrease the number of foreclosures.

Austin is listed in the BEP’s Division Six of communities which applied for these latest funds, and it received the highest amount of funding in Divisions Four, Five and Six, aside from the City of Richmond, which received $254,000. The funds were made available after they were de-obligated for various reasons from other communities’ 2016 loans.

BEP loans are made on a “forgiveable” basis. The program allows the IHCDA to make funding available, with the loans being restructured as loans using dollars from the $221.7 million Hardest Hit Fund money allotted to Indiana in 2014. The loans can then be written off or “forgiven.”

According to IHCDA estimates, approximately 4,000 blighted and abandoned homes in Indiana will be eliminated through the BEP. To date, more than 1,500 homes have been demolished.

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

In Austin, 20 such structures were initially targeted under the 2016 program. A total of 14 have been torn down, with another six slated for demolition. The new funds will allow the Austin Redevelopment Commission (ARC), the acting agency for the City of Austin, to contract for more eliminations.

Those homes already demolished or under contract 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

A contract for the final six homes was approved by the ARC on Tuesday, January 31. CLG Disposal of Henryville won that contract with a bid of $29,972.11.

Other communities receiving new monies this year in Division Six include Connersville, $122,000; Dunkirk, $97,000; Hartford, $198,000; Knox, $36,000; Montpelier, $18,000; and Rushville, $176,000.

 
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