21-year-old man arrested for alleged molesting incidents with young teenager PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:24

A 21-year-old Scottsburg man is incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center awaiting his December jury trial on two counts of child molesting.

Clark County and Charlestown to benefit from grants... INDOT awards $49 million in road and bridge funds to 99 Southern Indiana communities PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:00

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday, August 23, that 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties will receive a combined $49 million to improve local roads and bridges through the State’s Community Crossings matching grant fund. INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson made the announcement at separate check presentations to Commissioners in Clark County and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. 

Floyd Central has Providence seeing stars (and stripes) in 42-6 win PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 00:00

By Alan Stewart

Special Correspondent


Following his team’s dominating 42-6 triumph over host Providence, Floyd Central head coach Brian Glesing briefly stopped the visiting student section and adult fans from leaving Murphy Stadium in Clarksville, so the Highlanders could face the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance on what the students dubbed “USA Night.”

Council provides $70,000 for guards.... Stepped-up security at Courthouse may be activated by middle of September PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:41


Packed meetings and impassioned statements about possible violations of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution aside, members of the Scott County Council and Commissioners are taking action to develop a security system for the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.

People who attended recent meetings at which the topic was debated were more or less divided into two groups: Those who wanted more security and those who did not. The security-minded group included nearly all courthouse employees, some of whom had personally experienced vocal threats about their safety. The second group felt not allowing licensed gun owners to carry weapons into the building could be a violation of their rights.

The meeting held on July 27 was well-attended. Those who talked were certain that their viewpoint was the correct one. Nearly all were unhappy that events had led to the prospect of “the people's building” being changed to restrict open entrances and to monitor those entering.

“It's been happening everywhere,” said Bob Tobias, current president of the Board of County Commissioners. “It's a shame that we are even considering having to screen people, but it's also a fact of life in today's world.”

Back in July, several courthouse staffers were confronted by a man who was visibly upset and yelled invective and threatened to shoot employees. He was arrested on an intimidation charge and sent to a mental health facility for evaluation. The case has not yet been settled.

The incident fomented more interest in the topic of courthouse security.

Earlier this year, a Courthouse Security Committee was formed. Its chairman, Sheriff Dan McClain, presented a plan calling for locking most of the Courthouse doors, installation of a metal detector and hiring two guards who would work the same hours as courthouse employees, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Commissioners forwarded the committee's report on to the County Council, requesting security funding. The plan was sent back to Commissioners with a request for more details. At the Commissioners' meeting on August 3, officials decided that they wanted every recommendation in the report. They voted to accept it as the plan they wanted and, again, forwarded it to the County Council.

At the end of a very long day dealing with departmental budgets on Tuesday, August 16, the Council determined that it would vote to create a line item in the Commissioners' 2016 budget labeled the County Security Fund.

After statements were made by Judge Roger Duvall, Commissioner Tobias and Councilman Raymond Jones, the Council adopted figures presented by Jones to fund the plan for the rest of the year. The sum to be placed in the line item is $70,000. That should cover all cost of purchasing security equipment and two employees, Jones said in his presentation.

Each of the two motions passed 5-2, Councilmen Chris Albertson and Eric Gillespie voting against them. Gillespie voiced his opposition early in the meeting, saying, “I am going to vote against it because it's going to set up this (security) plan.” Gillespie had lobbied to allow certain employees to be armed. Albertson said he wanted more information.

Commissioner Tobias advised that hiring guards through a vendor which offers retired and off-duty state police officers could cut the county's costs. Another measure he supported was exploring the idea of locating the Probation Department away from the courthouse. From 400 to 500 probationers and parolees report to that department weekly.

And the present offices the Probation Department occupies in the basement are very crowded, pointed out Commissioner Kelley Robbins. “I don't like these changes either, but we have to start somewhere,” he remarked.

“We consider this 'seed money.' You can get this set up now,” Councilman Raleigh Campbell Jr. told the Commissioners.

Commissioners touched on the issue once again at their meeting on Wednesday, August 17, with Tobias to contact the manpower vendor. A presentation by Alliance Security Inc. has tentatively been scheduled for the Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, September 7.



Finley Township's annual Leota Frolic August 26 and 27 offers fun for all PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:39


The 34th annual Leota Country Frolic will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, in the tiny Finley Township community southwest of Scottsburg.

People can still obtain booth space in the arts and crafts and flea market areas by calling Leon Dart at 812-216-0627.

The first event at the Leota Frolic will be the euchre tournament on Thursday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at the barn at 6 p.m. that evening to compete.

At the stage in the middle of Leota, lots of free entertainment is being planned for the two days of the festival. Friday's line-up will include:

5:00 p.m.: Maisy Reliford.

6:00 p.m.: Grandview.

7:00 p.m.: Brian Allen.

8:00 p.m.: Bannister Twins.

9:00 p.m.: Forever Friends.

Entertainment scheduled on Saturday, August 27 is:

12 noon: Talent Showcase.

1:00 p.m.: Evan Twitty.

2:00 p.m.: Sara Campbell.

3:00 p.m.: High Octane.

5:00 p.m.: Donna Dalton.

6:00 p.m.: Peggy and Friends.

7:00 p.m.: Gary McClellan and the Old Timers.

8:00 p.m.: James White and Deer Creek.

9:00 p.m.: Monday Night Special.

On both days, festival visitors can either take a seat on the straw bales provided or bring a lawn chair to enjoy gospel, bluegrass and country music on Friday night and all day Saturday. Winners in the Talent Showcase on Saturday will receive ribbons.

Children will have their own “Frolic” entertainment in their area by Coonie Creek from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and again from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Youngsters can also compete for trophies in the pedal pulls set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Throughout the festival, everyone will enjoy food prepared by Finley Township organizations, including the sponsoring Finley Township Volunteer Fire Department. Firemen will set up their tent near the Leota Country Store and offer seating.

The eating spot is pretty close to the expansive display of farm machinery, which seems to grow each year in numbers and popularity.

Need an air-conditioned moment? Don't forget to stop by the Leota Country Store right in the downtown area. It will be open during the festival.

This year, the festival's souvenir will be a cross-cut saw. A homemade quilt will be raffled. Buy tickets for $1 each or six for $5.

Proceeds from the festival benefits the Finley firemen, helping them purchase and maintain equipment.

For general information about the Leota Country Frolic, call chairman Danny Robbins at 812-820-2743, Ward Bowen at 812-820-0493 or Charles Murphy at 812-752-3636.

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