​​​JUNE 18, 2018

May Indiana Employment Report
Unemployment rate remains unchanged over the month at 3.2 percent 

 Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent for April and remains lower than the national rate of 3.8 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than four years. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 15,928 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,659 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 13,269 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent. In addition, Indiana's initial unemployment insurance claims continue to be at historical lows. Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here:http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp.



Victim attacked while mowing his yard.
 Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today that a Bowling Green, Kentucky, man was sentenced for assaulting a member of congress resulting in personal injury, a felony under federal law. Rene A. Boucher 60, was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Marianne Batanni from the Eastern District of Michigan, sitting by special designation.  “Assaulting a member of Congress is an offense we take very seriously,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to violate the law will be aggressively prosecuted in federal court.” According to court documents, Boucher and the victim are neighbors in Bowling Green, Kentucky. On November 3, 2017, the victim was mowing his yard while wearing headphones. Boucher allegedly witnessed the victim stack brush onto a pile near the victim’s property and “had enough.” Boucher ran onto the victim’s property and tackled the victim. As a result of this assault, the victim suffered multiple fractured ribs and subsequently contracted and required medical attention for pneumonia. Boucher admitted the assault but denied it was politically motivated. 
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana was assigned the case following the recusal of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky where the offense was committed This case was investigated by the Louisville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kentucky State Police. “The FBI takes seriously assaults against our elected officials, regardless of motive,” said Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI's Louisville field office. “Today's sentence should send a clear message that there are consequences to such actions.” According to Assistant United States Attorney Bradley P. Shepard of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana who prosecuted this case as a Special Attorney to the United States Attorney General, Boucher must serve one year of supervised release following his sentence and pay a $10,000 fine.


JUNE 19, 2018




 Please visit our WMPI Scottsburg Facebook page and Share so we can find our new homes. Meet our Tail Wagging Tuesday Pets of the Week. Shirley is our dog of the week. Shirley is a spayed and could possibly be house broke. Shirley is so sweet! Stop by and do a meet and great with Shirley!  There are several kitties to choose from! Bandit is our kitty of the week! Bandit had to be caught on the run for this photo. He was having to much fun playing with the other kittys! Such a sweet guy!  To Visit with or adopt one of our pets of the week call 812-752-7500. Please remember! If you are unable to adopt, but would like to help the Humane Society of Scott County, please consider a donation. Discount vouchers are also available to have your pet spayed or neutered. Call 812-752-7500 for information on discount spay/neuter vouchers.

Recruiting Board Members Topic of Nonprofit Lunch

In an effort to assist nonprofits with capacity building, the Scott County Community Foundation will be hosting quarterly lunch and learn sessions. Board members, volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations are highly encouraged to attend. The third session in the series, “Recruiting an Effective Board of Directors” will be held Tuesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center. Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Field Director Brad Schleppi will discuss how finding quality board members is a critically important part of sustaining and growing every nonprofit. Attendees will learn how to identify your organization’s needs, find qualified members who are willing to serve, how to ask them to join, and why some board members participate and others don’t. The last topic of the series, “Nonprofit Planning…Yes You Can!” will be held on Sept. 6. “We are pleased to continue the nonprofit sessions that we hosted this past year,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. “The series was well-attended, and our nonprofits reported many ideas that they planned to implement to strengthen their organizations.” “I advise staff and volunteer board members to support your organization by attending,” said Toppe. “Our grants committee will look favorably upon organizations that apply for funding from the Community Foundation, and have shown a desire to build their organization’s capacity through attendance at these sessions.” The cost for attending is $10 per person and includes lunch. Registration is due one day prior to the session, and can be made by calling the Scott County Community Foundation at 812-752-2057 or emailinginfo@scottcountyfoundation.org.

 Starting a Summer Job? Here’s What You Need To Know About Taxes

 DOR gives tips on ensuring students don’t owe come tax season
INDIANAPOLIS – College and high school students considering working over the summer should ensure they understand taxable income to avoid confusion next tax season.
Most often, taxes are withheld from an employee's paycheck. However, students may encounter situations where their taxes are not withheld, and they would need to pay taxes directly to Indiana’s Department of Revenue or the IRS.
When a student is a new employee to a business, the employer may withhold taxes from their paycheck. The employee fills out Federal Form W-4 and State Form WH-4.  To help taxpayers accurately complete the federal form, the IRS has an online Withholding Calculator atwww.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator. By ensuring the correct amount of tax is being withheld, taxpayers avoid an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year. Social Security and Medicare taxes will also be withheld from their income by their employer.
Students who exchange services for cash directly from another individual, such as babysitting or lawn care, are classified as self-employed. Income earned from self-employment is subject to income tax, and workers who are self-employed may be responsible for paying taxes directly to DOR and the IRS. Taxes can be paid by making estimated tax payments during the year or when filing taxes. Taxpayers who are self-employed should keep good records of all funds they receive.
In addition, employees who receive tips as part of their summer income need to report those tips when filing taxes. Tip income is taxable and any amount over $20 in a month needs to be reported to an employer. Keeping a daily tip record will help come tax time.  
If a taxpayer is in a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, active duty pay, such as pay for summer advanced camp, is taxable. Other allowances the taxpayer may receive – like food and lodging allowances paid to ROTC students participating in advanced training – may not be taxable.
More information can be found on DOR’s Student Taxes website at www.in.gov/dor/4751.htm.
Customers may call DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST with any questions or concerns.

Despite sweltering heat this past Saturday, over 60 volunteers from all over the state combed both Austin and Scottsburg for trash and syringes at the Community Clean Up sponsored by the Scott County Health Department and PrepDaily.org. 

The following agencies and individuals assisted in the clean up, including the Scott County Health Department, the Indiana State Department of Health, Aspire Indiana, the Clark County Health Department, the Scott County Partnership, Covering Kids and Families, CEASe, MATEC, the Scott County Recovery Community, Jackson County Health Department CARES Clinic, Austin citizens, Step-Up, Outreach Supplies, Person First Harm Reduction and Foundations Family Medicine. There were 62 syringes found, much lower than the 200 found during the last clean up, in addition to 16 large garbags bags of trash. The Scott Co. Health Department would also like to thank The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis for providing the lunch for everyone after the clean up. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to PrEP medication. The campaign was from prepdaily.org. and the slogan is EAT.SLEEP.PrEP.REPEAT. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO HELP!


JUNE 20, 2018​​


Volunteers and Projects are being sought for United Way of Scott County’s 2018 Day of Caring. The service event will be held Saturday, June 23rd from 8 a.m. until projects are completed, lunch is served at 1:00 p.m. Sign up, FREE breakfast and FREE lunch will all be held at Turning Point Church, 899 W McClain Ave, Scottsburg, IN and will be provided for volunteers.The Day of Caring has been an annual tradition in Scott County since 1998.          The goals of the day are to allow citizens to see how volunteering can make a positive impact on our community.    Volunteer teams and individuals will need to sign a waiver for participation. Contact the office if you are interested in helping the community on the Day of Caring.  A free t-shirt will be given to volunteers during the morning of the event and need to give notice of attending in order to receive one this year.  Any organization or business who is interested in sponsoring the Day of Caring is asked to contact United Way. IF you should have a specific project that you would like us to help with, please contact Nancy at the UW office. The United Way of Scott County office is located at 60 N Main St., Scottsburg, IN., 812-752-2586. You may also email nancy.unitedway.scottco@gmail.com

New Law Effective July 1

Headlights and other lamps on the front of vehicles MUST be white or amber. No more different colored lights on vehicles.

Stop lamps and or taillights MUST be red.

License plate light MUST be white.

Backup light MUST be white or amber.

Hoosiers can promote Indiana’s State Parks by participating in America's State Park photo contest.

The photo contest features five categories: activities, friends and family, camping, wildlife, and scenic and seasons. The winners in each category will receive a 500-dollar REI gift card, and the grand prize winner will get a seven-day RV rental as part of a national photo contest through America’s State Parks. Entries will be accepted through July 31st, with the winners to beannounced on September 30th. Click on the link below for rules and more information.
America’s State Parks is an advocacy group to promote and advance state parks systems in the U.S. More information is at stateparks.org.

JUNE 21, 2018

US 31 Small Structure Project Slated To Begin August 1

CLARK COUNTY, Ind.—A pre-construction meeting brought Indiana Department of Transportation officials together with Dave O’Mara Contractor personnel and a design consultant at Seymour District offices this week to discuss plans for replacing a small bridge on U.S. Highway 31 with a 14 X 7-foot concrete box culvert.  Bridge removal and culvert installation operations will require a 10-day closure. The North Vernon-based contractor plans to begin operations at the U.S. 31 bridge site—located 1.35 miles north of Memphis Road in Clark County—on August 1.  A proposed scheduled shows work being completed by the Labor Day weekend.  Indiana’s contract for this $333,969 small structure replacement project has a completion date of October 31.  During the 10-day closure, motorists will be detoured around the U.S. 31 worksite via Interstate 65 between the Memphis Road and Sellersburg exits.



The Compassionate Friends of Southern Indiana will meet tonight at Vienna Baptist Church at 7:00.

Everyone in the group has lost a child. Their children were of different ages and died from different causes. They are at different stages of life and different stages of grief. Sitting in circle, listening to other parents talk about their journey is helpful. Grandparents are welcome. More information is available by calling Danise Taylor 812-820-8331


The Pet Pantry, formally held at the City On the Hill Church which is no longer in service on the square in Scottsburg, will be held this Sunday. The starting point will be The Warrior Reservation at Linza Graham Park. It is open to the community regardless of income and IS NOT for Scott County residents only. You are asked to start at the Warrior Reservation and follow the line of cars around to the ball field to a semi with skids of food that is free to the public. The Pet Pantry usually serves 180 families each month. Please note! Food is also donated to local shelters if they are low on food. This is to help those in need in the public. There will be a variety of food available.

JUNE 22, 2018

Fatal Crash in the Backup of another Crash in Scott County

Scott County-Yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:48 pm, traffic on Interstate #65 North at the 24.0 Mile Marker was stop and go from a crash that had occurred earlier in the day in Jackson County with traffic being backed up for nearly 15 miles. The driver of a 1999 Chevrolet Pickup truck, Luis J. Perez, 38, from Austin, IN, stated he was north bound in the left lane at approximately 70 miles per hour when he took his eyes off the roadway to light a cigarette. He stated he looked back at the roadway and saw a black 2015 Lexus being driven by Lloyd D. Huffman, 72, of Corsicana, Texas, stopped in front of him. He stated he tried to avoid the collision but was unable to and crashed into the rear of the Lexus. The collision pushed the 2015 Lexus into a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander being driven by James Eaton, 57, from Normal, Illinois, that was also stopped in traffic in front of the other two vehicles.
The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, Luis Perez, was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY, with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the 2015 Lexus, Lloyd Huffman, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scott County Coroner’s Office and the driver of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, James Eaton, was not injured.
Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionist investigated the crash and all involved in the crash were wearing seat belts. Assisting Agencies- Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Scott County E.M.S., Scottsburg City Fire Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. This investigation is continuing.





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