YMCA announces month dedicated to honoring service members PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:00

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

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Get out and rake those leaves! Cities' free leaf pickups begin on November 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:40

 

 

It's never too early to rake those falling autumn leaves, is it?

Local property owners are being urged to prepare for free leaf pick-ups beginning on Monday, November 14, in both Austin and Scottsburg. And preparation will require some raking.

City crews and their vacuum trucks will make the rounds, collecting all leaves swept to the curb. Employees are not allowed on private property, so any leaves not at curbside cannot be picked up.

City officials are also asking residents to not co-mingle branches, yard waste and trash with leaves, either. Such items can cause equipment breakdowns and/or injure city employees. They also ask residents to get leaves out of ditches and off drain covers so that rainwater will flow properly.

Leaves are not to be placed in bags. Bagged leaves will not be picked up by crews.

In Scottsburg, two street crews will start that day on the east side of Scottsburg and north of State Road 56 (McClain Avenue) and work their way north.

From Scott Memorial Hospital, the crews will work back down the west side of U.S. Highway 31 (Gardner Street), until they reach S.R. 56. From there, they will start on the south side of S.R. 56 and the west side of U.S. 31 to the Scott County Fairgrounds.

Reaching that destination, both trucks will then run together back up S.R. 56. This route will be worked two times, said Applegate.

In Austin, sanitation and street staff will cover every street in Austin once following the normal trash pick-up schedule. This may take several days to finish, so residents are asked to be patient.

Those who miss the Austin leaf collection should bag their leaves, and they will be picked up along with regular trash.

Anyone with questions about the Scottsburg plan is welcome to call the Scottsburg Mayor's Office at 812-752-3169.

Austin residents can call the Austin Mayor's Office at 812-794-6466 with their questions.

 

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It's official: City now owns most of old Jeeves restaurant building on west side of square PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:38

 

 

The weathered building on the west side of Scottsburg's downtown square has seen a lot of traffic in its day.

Part of it housed Ritter's Shoe Store for years. The store farthest north was the original home of the Scottsburg Building and Loan Association and once boasted a sign to that effect with “J. Gilbert Martin,” its founder, beneath it.

Jeeves and Company, a very popular restaurant considered a valuable “anchor” business for downtown Scottsburg, and The Shoppes at Jeeves were the last occupants of the brick building that spans three structures.

Now, two sections of the building, the central portion and its neighbor to the north, are owned by the City of Scottsburg.

All five members of the Scottsburg City Council inspected the facility at a special meeting held on Tuesday evening, October 25. The meeting began before the sun set because electrical power there has been shut off. Still, flashlights were needed in some areas to see exactly what the city was getting.

A low-interest Revolving Loan Fund loan was approved by the Council in early 2015 to the previous owner, Justin Westmoreland of Westmoreland Farms, and that's the reason why the city has accepted the building. That acceptance erases all but $75,000 of a loan provided to Westmoreland when he conceived of a plan to move his popular breakfast and lunch cafe from the north side of the square over to the Jeeves site and expand into evening dining and a gift shop.

The Shoppes at Jeeves closed abruptly just after Christmas last year, and the building has stood empty since then.

After a walk-through tour led by realtor Chris Wakeman, who with wife Ruby had created the highly successful Jeeves restaurant, the Council, Mayor Bill Graham, Clerk-Treasurer Jan Hardy, city engineer Bill Saegesser, city attorney Kerry Thompson and a few hangers-on met in the center building. Attractive light fixtures still hung from its tin ceiling, though the floor had buckled in places from moisture damage.

It was there, in the middle of the old dining room, where the group discussed its options. “I doubt we'll be able to recover much else,” related Mayor Graham. “This isn't what we envisioned, but this is what we have.”

The floor can be repaired, and a moisture build-up problem below can be corrected, the Mayor told Councilmen. A northeast corner will have to be shored up and some plaster repaired. And it definitely needs a good cleaning. Still, the structure could offer a promise of better things to come for the downtown area, Mayor Graham said.

All of the Council has been informed of a possible deal with New Hope Services Inc. New Hope, which has been present in Scott County for generations, is looking to expand more into senior housing. It may be possible that the city will sell the two sections of the old Jeeves to New Hope, which is apparently proposing to refurbish the building into upstairs apartments for seniors and commercial space downstairs facing the courtyard. The Wakemans still own the section to the south and are also amenable to the prospect of selling it to New Hope.

All of those ideas are tied into a $10 million grant application which New Hope plans to submit in early November. The non-profit organization won't know if it has received the grant until February 27.

“And, if New Hope doesn't get the grant, we'll market it ourselves,” said the Mayor.

Councilman John Konkler offered the motion to accept the deed for the building from Westmoreland. The action was seconded by Councilman Chuck Rose and approved 5-0.

Konkler also motioned to allow New Hope Services an option to purchase the structure for $125,000. That motion was seconded by Council President Bill Hoagland. Again, the action passed unanimously.

Wakeman said an estimate on how much it will cost to get the entire building in good shape will be prepared in November.

 

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Veterans, active service personnel invited to AHS annual Veterans' Day program PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:37

 

 

Veterans and servicemen and women in Scott County are being honored at the annual Veterans' Day presented by students of Austin High School in the school auditorium this Friday, November 11.

Students under instructor Ryan Stuckwish are preparing the program.

On Friday, veterans and visitors are asked to park on the east side of the high school/middle school and enter through main doors there. Auditorium doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and students will greet and register veterans to be recognized. The program will begin at 1 p.m.

Following the tribute, a dinner for veterans and family members will be served in the high school library.

All veterans and service personnel are invited to attend the program and meal.

Call Stuckwish at 812-794-8730 for more information.

 
Two Needles Reported In Halloween Candy PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:35

 

 

On November 4, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office received information that a county resident found two (2) sewing needles in Halloween candy from trick or treating on Monday night, October 31.

A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in to this matter, speaking with the complainant about the suspect candy, which turned out to be a “dum-dums” sucker. The sucker was said to have a sewing needle stuck within the wrapper of the sucker. It was also reported that a second sewing needle was found within the Halloween candy that was collected that night.

Upon asking a complainant where she and her children visited, she advised the Deputy that she visited the Scottsburg Square and a few other locations.

No other reports similar to this were taken by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsburg Police or the Austin Police.

Sheriff McClain is asking parents to inspect all Halloween candy for any foreign objects. And, if anything is found, to report the findings to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office also maintains several options for reporting criminal activity anonymously including the department’s website, Facebook page, and a tip line. www.scottcountysheriff.org https://www.facebook.com/ScottCountyINSheriff

 

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