Lack of decision by County Area Plan Commission may result in courtroom appearance in near future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
    Lack of action by the Scott County Area Plan Commission (APC) on Wednesday night, October 14, on a requested modification of terms attached to recent approval of a company's Development Plan (DP) may cause the APC to make a trip to a courtroom.
    Representatives of Liberty Green Renewables L.L.C. and their attorney, John Kraft of New Albany, attended the October 14 APC meeting. Larry Ott and Terrance Naulty had come to be available should any member of the APC have questions about the company. Members of a local citizens' group fighting Liberty Green were also present. Three of them, Jeff Cox, Pat Berna and Alice Stackhouse, were allowed to provide comments about their data on emissions they said such plants create.
    That group was not successful in preventing the APC from approving Liberty Green's DP on August 26. In that presentation, the APC was told how the company plans to burn wood chips that will generate steam which will power a turbine that will create electricity. The process is considered better for the environment because its fuel, trees, are considered a renewable fuel as opposed to coal, the “black gold” on which the Midwest depends for generating much of its electrical power.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:29
County woman faces felony charges of credit card fraud and forgery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
    A Scott County woman is facing multiple felony charges of forgery and credit card fraud after allegedly stealing her ex-husband's debit card.
    Deputy Don Campbell investigated the case, which began on September 3 when the ex-husband said he had received notification from his bank of suspicious activity on his debit card.
    The man told the officer that his ex-wife, Pammie L. Wilson, 36, had come to his home on August 28. He said he saw Wilson near his vehicle, where he kept his card. Wilson soon left.
    A bank official called the next day, telling him that two transactions were made at a Scottsburg business and one at an Austin business. When Deputy Campbell checked, he learned that the receipts of two Scottsburg transactions had been signed by the woman. Her alleged actions caused the man's account to be overdrawn.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:31
Thieves going after items left overnight in vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
    Despite increased patrols in Austin neighborhoods by law enforcement officers, the community has been beset recently by thieves going after items left in vehicles.
    Major Donald Spicer, the Austin Police Department's Director of Public Safety, said a marked increase in the number of thefts has occurred in recent weeks. Most vehicles had been parked outside homes overnight.
    The thieves' mode of operation is simple, said Maj. Spicer. “You look inside the vehicle and if you see something you want, you break out the window and take it,” he related.
    In a few cases, the vehicle had been left unlocked. That should never happen, said Maj. Spicer. “Anytime you're leaving your vehicle, even in your own driveway, you should lock it.”
    Valuables should never, ever be left in a vehicle, he added. Money has been stolen as well as GPS devices and purses. “If you can see the item as you're leaving your car or truck, you know a thief could spot it also. Always take your valuables with you. If that isn't possible, hide them or put them in your trunk. You should make it very difficult for any dishonest person to take your items,” he cautioned.
    If possible, vehicles should be locked away in garages, but Maj. Spicer said in many cases investigated recently, there was no such structure available.
    “The best defense really is offense in sports as well as crime fighting. Protecting yourself and your belongings should always be on your mind,” he said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:33
Clark County Taxes due on November 10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
    Janet Hurts, Clark County Treasurer wants to remind taxpayers that their annual tax payment is due on November 10. This payment is for tax year 2008-2009. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to make sure that their taxes are paid by the due date to prevent a penalty being applied. A 5% penalty will be added to the tax bill when paid within 30 days after the due date and there are no other outstanding delinquent charges. An additional 5% penalty, a total of 10%, will be added to the tax bill when not paid within 30 days after the due date.
    If you did not receive a tax statement, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (812) 285-6205.
    Payment options include:
Mail: Payment with coupons to the Clark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1508, Jeffersonville, IN 47131. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return receipt. Payment is considered on time when postmarked by the US Post Office by the due date.
In Person: Treasurer is located in the Clark County Government Building, Rm. 125, Jeffersonville. Please bring entire statement when paying in person.
Banks: Mainsource Bank, New Washington and Your Community Bank will accept payments by cash or check with coupon/statement at all Clark and Floyd County locations.
Credit Cards: (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express). All credit card payment will be processed through Point & Pay with a convenience fee of 2.95% of your total tax statement, min. $2. You can pay at the Treasurer's Office, by phone at 1-888-891-6064 (option 1) or via internet at
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:37
Governor Daniels announces termination of state’s contract with IBM for delivery of welfare services PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
    Governor Mitch Daniels announced recently the state has terminated its contract with IBM for the delivery of welfare services. The contract was canceled because the company did not make satisfactory progress to improve services to welfare applicants and recipients under a plan to correct deficiencies.
    In its place, the Family and Social Services Administration will go to a hybrid system that will incorporate successful elements of the old welfare delivery system and what is known as the modernized system. The hybrid system will include more face?to?face contact and more localized team?based case management.
    “The fraud appears to have been stopped and we’re still on track to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, but the intended service improvements have not been delivered, and that’s not acceptable,” said Daniels. “Those who raised concerns about service quality were correct and we appreciate their efforts. We’ll now take the best parts of the old and new and move ahead with a hybrid system in what amounts to a major mid?course correction.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 08:39
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