May 8 Primary Election of interest to Democrats and Republicans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:46

Voters in the 2018 Primary Election scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 8, will find quite a selection of local nominees from which to choose candidates to represent their parties in November’s General Election.

Trespass, theft, methamphetamine possession charges filed in case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:44

A business owner on the south side of Scottsburg helped city police catch a suspect now charged with stealing.

Hearing reset on proposed Stucker Fork increases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:29



A hearing at the Indianapolis office of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) has been rescheduled about proposed increases in rates charged by Stucker Fork Conservancy District.

The hearing had been set for Wednesday, March 7, but was recently rescheduled to Wednesday, April 25.

When the Stucker Fork petition was first filed last September, it attracted the attention of one of its bigger customers, Morgan Foods Inc. of Austin. The firm’s attorneys filed a petition to intervene last October, which was granted. Now, the company has the ability to present evidence and cross-examine any witnesses Stucker Fork may call to testify.

The April 25 hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 222 at the PNC Center, 101 West Washington Street, Indianapolis. It is open to the public.

Staff of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) will represent the public in the case.


Finley Township loses community leader/supporter Leon Dart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:26



Word traveled quickly in the Finley Township area of Scott County that another community leader, Leon Dart, had died on Friday, February 9.

Leon was a Jennings County native, the son of the late Clinton Cooley and Flora May Dart Cooley. He moved to Scott County before starting high school, graduating from Scottsburg High School in 1953. Leon was a life member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, located in Finley Township.

A farmer, Leon worked at the old American Can Company in Austin for years. He retired from both those occupations, but it was the path he trod in community service that most Finley folks recall. Younger ones may remember Leon and wife Betty Sue co-leading the Eager Beaver 4-H Club in Finley Township. He was always a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA.

Leon served as Finley Township trustee and as Finley’s township assessor, all under the Democrat Party banner. He and others in the community worked hard to support the Finley Volunteer Fire Department. The department operated what is now the Scottsburg Warriors Restaurant on the grounds of the Scott County Fairgrounds for years. Dollars earned by feeding fair visitors and workers helped the department obtain equipment and gear.

For most of those years, anyone wanting to talk to Leon during the county fair could find him at the restaurant, checking and organizing supplies and cooking some memorable dishes for fairgoers.

As the department’s numbers declined, the restaurant was turned over to the SHS Band of Warriors parents. Leon had already begun to help another fire department fund-raiser, the annual Leota Country Frolic, which celebrated its 35th year last August. Because his passion was euchre, Leon was not only in charge of booth rentals but also the annual euchre tournament that still takes place on the Thursday night before each Frolic begins. To say he was an avid player is underplaying his interest in the game.

He also coordinated the annual euchre competition held during the annual Pig Roast in the Park at Beechwood Park in Scottsburg.

Leon was a man who loved and enjoyed his family and his life in Finley Township. He was married to his partner and best friend, the former Betty Sue Miner, for 62 blessed years. His kids can recall many instances of Leon offering a few of his pearls of wisdom and common sense as well as some wonderful stories about his childhood and youth.

He leaves behind Betty Sue, as well as their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And a lot of friends.

No service or visitation will be held. Instead, his family has planned a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Light's Dance Barn, 1366 South Zion Road, Scottsburg. Tributes to Leon will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. that day.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be arranged through the staff of the Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg to benefit the Finley Volunteer Fire Department or the Leota Frolic.

Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family by visiting

Funeral service held for former public servant Lee Bridgewater PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:22




Supporting his community and making it better were lifelong goals of Lee Bridgewater, 89. Bridgewater died on Saturday, February 10, after several years of ill health.

During his life, Lee saw his hometown of Scottsburg change and grow. He started life in 1928 as the son of the late Forest “Chub” Bridgewater and Frances Morgan Bridgewater.

After enjoying a typical small town youth, Lee graduated from Scottsburg High School in 1948. Eight years before he graduated, he joined the First Baptist Church of Scottsburg. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and, when he returned, he married his sweetheart, Bertha Riley.

The couple settled down to raise a family, Lee working as head usher at the old Indiana Theater and Scott Theater for 15 years. The tales he could have told! He also worked at U.S. Shoe in Crothersville and, when a position came open, he moved on to work in quality control for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus for 26 years, retiring in 1989.

Lee also turned his energies to the local Democrat Party. He served as a Scott County Councilman for eight years and as a Scottsburg City Councilman for 15 years. He joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 555 in 1948, and he was a charter member and life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Scott County Post 6582. He also kept his membership at American Legion Scott Post 234. His duties at his church expanded to cover 70 years of service in one capacity or another.

Lee has left his wife of 64 years as well as his devoted sister, Alberta Bridgewater, and a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, February 14, at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Pastor Irmal Elliott, Phil LaMaster and the Rev. Kevin Sills officiated.

Full military rites were conducted at the graveside at Scottsburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be arranged through staff of the funeral home to benefit his church.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting



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