FEBRUARY 10, 2020

Students with the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council (YGC), a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, recently collected 720 items and $40 from the community for the Scott County Community Clearinghouse. The collection was part of the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide effort for churches, schools and the community to collect money and food near Super Bowl weekend, in order to fight hunger and poverty in local communities. This is the 11th year the YGC has participated. The YGC would like especially to thank Scottsburg First Christian Church for their donations. The Clearinghouse assisted 1,866 individuals in January. For more information on the YGC, call 752-2057, email info@scottcountyfoundation.org, visit www.scottcountyfoundation.org or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. 

Scott County Bicentennial Events List

February 1
Scott County Kick Off Celebration
11:00 AM on the Scott County Courthouse Lawn - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

March 13
History Dinner - Scott County Memories
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

April 24
History Dinner - Scott County History
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

June 19 - 20
142nd Annual Lexington Old Settlers Days
Lexington Park, Lexington IN

June 19
History Dinner - Life at the SC Poor Farm
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

June 21 - 27
Scott County 4H Fair
Fairgrounds located at South US Highway 31 Scottsburg, IN

July 3
City of Austin’s 4th of July Fireworks Display
Austin H.S. 401 South Highway 31 Austin, IN

August 21 - 22
Leota Country Frolic
Downtown Leota, IN

August 21
History Dinner - Morgan Foods POW/Hispanic Camp
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

September 4 - 5
Scott County Bicentennial Street Festival
Scott County Courthouse Square - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

September 11 - 12
Scott County Quilt Festival
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

September 25 - 26
Austin’s Fireman’s Festival
Downtown – 90 West Morgan Street Austin, IN

September 25 - 26
Raptor Days at Hardy Lake
Hardy Lake 4171 East Harrod Road Scottsburg, IN

October 31
Scottsburg Haunted Downtown & Trunk -or- Treat
Downtown Square - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

November 14
Taste of the Vine
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Knights of Columbus
1460 N Gardner St, Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 - 5632

November 28
Scottsburg Christmas Light Parade
2 East McClain Avenue Scottsburg, IN

December 5
Austin Christmas Town Lighting & Parade
1:00 PM - Downtown Austin
90 West Morgan Street Austin, IN

We will continue to add programs and events as they are confirmed. We are very excited to Celebrate Scott County and its 200 Years of History!

Dates are subject to change. Each event will have a Bicentennial component incorporated into their programming.

Scott County 4-H Shooting Sports Club to begin in February

The Scott County 4-H program is gearing up for another fun year and one of their activities is the Shooting Sports Club.  The Shooting Sports program strives to enable young people, their parents and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed, and productive members of society.  Some goals of the program are to promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior including sound decision making, to enhance the development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activity and to encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs be exposing participants to the content through shooting, hunting and related activities.  The clubs first meeting is scheduled for February 16th at the Scott County Conservation Club from 1-3.  To participate in the club activity you must be a paid 4-H member before Friday, February 14th.  The cost to join 4-H is $15, and you can enroll online at in.4honline.com.  You can also enroll in the Extension Office, in the basement of the courthouse from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.  All equipment is provided for youth members but they are responsible for their own hearing and eye protection and dressing for the weather. Scott County 4-H is always in need of adult volunteers too.  If you have an interest in becoming an adult volunteer for the shooting sports project you can give them a call at 812-752-8450 or send an email to 4-H Youth Development Educator, Megan Voyles, at mvoyles@purdue.edu.   The Indiana 4-H mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.  There are many other activities available through the 4-H program.  4-H benefits youth’s self-motivation, leadership, communication, character, social skills, self-esteem, problem solving, resiliency, stress management, and so much more.

Text message reminders for scheduled court appearances are now available.  Any defendant wanting to enroll in text message reminders merely needs to provide his or her cell phone number to the court.  I have attached a copy of the form we are using, which can be printed or which is available from the Court. Currently reminders are in criminal cases only and are only available for the named defendant.  In other counties, this service has greatly reduced failures to appear.  We hope to see the same difference in Scott County. The docket of any criminal case, including scheduled hearing dates, can be viewed by ANYONE by visiting this website:  Mycase.in.gov

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

LUNA                                                     MAYBELL




Tiki is a sweet little tabby. Tiki is approximately 4-5 months old. Very playful. Loves the other kitties at the Adoption Center. Tiki will be spayed and up to date on his shots. If you are considering a new kitten for your family, please consider Tiki. For adoption information please call 812-752-7500. 



Spencer is 25 -27 Pounds, Boston Terrier Mix. Spencer is a cuddle bug and loves to sleep with his Foster Mom. Spencer is crate trained and house broke. He does need to be only pet. He Loves people and Loves to play. Spencer is up to date on his shots and has been neutered. If you are interested in Spencer, please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500.




Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently announced that there will soon be a free webinar on the 2020 Indiana Legislative Session Update, presented by Professor Larry DeBoer, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics Department.

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET Where: This program will be streamed live and can be viewed at multiple host sites across the state. The location closest to us is the Scott County Extension Office, located in Suite G-30 of the Courthouse, 1 E McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN 47170.  Persons can also watch it from their personal computer.  Interested persons must register to receive the link. Who Should Attend: All individuals involved in local government budgeting (county councils and commissioners, mayors and city councils, town boards, school boards, library boards, townships, etc.) Cost and Registration: This webinar is free. To register, contact the Scott County Extension Office by phone at 812-752-8450 or email tsprings@purdue.edu.  You can also register online at www.cdext.purdue.edu.  Please register by Friday, February 14, 2020.    Why: Indiana started off 2020 with $2.3 billion in the bank, added money in the state revenue forecast, and, of course, a new legislative session.  We’ll take a look at what all this means for local and state government as well as give an update on the farmland base rate in this On Local Government.

Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently announced that anyone who has utilized information from the Emerald Ash Borer University is asked to take a brief Emerald Ash Borer Survey.

They go on to say Thank You for being an Emerald Ash Borer University (EABU) viewer, and they are conducting a study to understand the long-term impact of EABU and they need your help.   The EABU website can be accessed at http://www.emeraldashborer.info/eabu.php They ask anyone who has used EABU to please fill out the short 5-minute survey that is linked below. Everyone who completes the survey will have the option of receiving a free gift as a thank you for your help! The survey can be found at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9MrJubSHzbH0gZ

For more information on this survey, please contact Elizabeth Barnes, Ph.D., Exotic Forest Pest Educator, Purdue University, Barne175@purdue.edu, or call her at 765-494-0822.

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

New Albany Man Arrested for Multiple Drug Offenses

New Albany - The Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing (ACP) squad arrested a New Albany man Wednesday on drug dealing charges for the second time in 18 months.  Michael Wayne Baxter, 44, of Roseview Terrace, in New Albany, was arrested around 8:25 am on Wednesday when officers from the Indiana State Police, the New Albany Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff's Department arrived, armed with a search warrant. The investigation began in early February when Trooper Andrew Taylor of the ACP squad learned of possible drug activity at Baxter’s' residence.   As a result of the investigation and subsequent search warrant, multiple drug types, including suspected methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, and controlled prescriptions, were located. A motorcycle stolen out of Louisville, Kentucky, was also discovered. 
Michael Baxter was arrested and transported to the Floyd County Jail. The Indiana State Police ACP squad arrested Baxter on drug possession and dealing charges in August of 2018 as well.  

Michael Baxter is charged with the following: 

 Dealing in Methamphetamine - Level 2 Felony 
Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 3 Felony 
Auto Theft - Leve 6 Felony
Possession of a Legend Drug - Level 6 Felony 
Possession of a Controlled Substance - A Misdemeanor
Possession of Paraphernalia - B Misdemeanor 
Possession of Marijuana - B Misdemeanor


City of Madison to Purchase 22 Acres of Property

Madison, IN – The City of Madison Redevelopment Commission has authorized Mayor Bob Courtney to negotiate a conditional agreement to purchase the former Madison Plaza retail site. The site is owned by Madison Plaza Group, LCC, a private development group out of Lexington, KY. The purchase agreement will include the full 22 acres of prime commercial development property at an estimated cost of $2.75 million.   The city had entered into a prior development agreement whereby the developers would invest over $10 million of private investment within a five-year period, which has not occurred.  With the city acquiring the real estate, it will have control of the site and has plans to subdivide it into two parcels for retail and multi-family housing.  Authorization to enter into the conditional agreement to purchase the property is the first step in the process that will be followed by significant due diligence, modifications to the city’s redevelopment plan, and negotiations with subsequent purchasers of the parcels.
This administration is committed to targeting redevelopment areas and creating opportunity zones that attract investment capital in our city.  “Our approach is to incentivize economic development that will attract capital immediately, not speculate on receiving the city’s return in the distant future,” said Mayor Courtney.   Mayor Courtney, City Attorney Joe Jenner, Special Projects Manager Bob Cooke, and Economic Development Director Matt Wirth have been in conversation with new development teams that are willing to commit significant investment at the site immediately. “This project is the culmination of nine months of discussion and negotiations with the current owner and the potential new development teams,” said Wirth. “We are very excited to see this important reinvestment at the site, which is one of our best retail spaces in the city.”

 The City of Madison will keep the community updated as plans progress. 


FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Investigation Leads to Arrests for Dealing Methamphetamine

Clark County - January 14, 2020. Troopers from the All Crimes Policing (ACP) Squad in Sellersburg arrested an Otisco couple on multiple charges after a search uncovered suspected methamphetamine and a stolen rifle.   Trooper Andrew Taylor and other Troopers from the Sellersburg ACP squad received information on possible drug activity at 14602 Gum Corner Road in Otisco, Indiana. Troopers conducted an investigation which resulted in Trooper Taylor requesting a search warrant for the residence located on that property. The subsequent search located over 6 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a rifle reported stolen out of Clark County, drug paraphernalia, and other items allegedly used for the packaging and distribution of drugs.   As a result of information gleaned from the investigation and search, the residents, Jinger R. Bilbrey, 32, and Justin L. Whitsitt, 38, were arrested and charged with the following:
 Dealing in Methamphetamine - Level 2 Felony
 Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 4 Felony
 Maintaining a common nuisance - Level 6 felony
 Theft of a firearm - Level 6 felony
 Possession of paraphernalia - Class A misdemeanor
Both Bilbrey and  Whitsitt were transported and remanded into the custody of the Clark County Jail.  

Two Seymour Police Officers Arrested After Lengthy Investigation

Today, detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested two officers with the Seymour Police Department on charges of official misconduct, ghost employment, and theft.
The investigation into the officers began in October 2019 when allegations of ghost employment were made against former Chief William “Bill” Abbott, and current Captain Carl Lamb.  Detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post were requested to conduct the investigation. During the four month investigation, detectives determined that Abbott was employed by Schneck Medical Center to schedule off duty officers to provide security at the hospital.  The investigation indicated that he allegedly performed his duties for Schneck Medical Center while he was also working in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.   
The investigation also determined that Lamb, while on duty as a member of the Seymour Police Department, allegedly worked outside employment for K4 Security out of Jeffersonville, Indiana.  K4 Security had a contract to provide off duty police officers for work in the construction zone on I-65.  Lamb coordinated and scheduled off duty Seymour Police Officers to work the security job while he was on duty with the Seymour Police Department.  He was paid by K4 Security for those hours while also being paid by the Seymour Police Department.  Lamb also was a part-owner and employee of BSafe Tactical, Seymour, Indiana.  BSafe provided training to area schools, churches, and businesses.  The investigation determined that Lamb allegedly worked for BSafe Tactical and received payment while also on duty in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was turned over to a special prosecutor for review.  This resulted in felony charges of Official Misconduct, Ghost Employment, and Theft charges being filed on Abbott and Lamb. Both were taken into custody without incident and incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail. Both Abbott and Lamb have remained on administrative leave from the Seymour Police Department during the investigation.No further information will be released about the investigation at this time.

City of Madison Police Department New Live Tip Line

MPD has a new live tip line! You can now call, text, or send pictures of criminal activity directly to the patrol supervisor currently on duty. We ask that the number be utilized to report suspected criminal activity only, or to give tips on current criminal cases or wanted persons. The safest and best way to call for an emergency is still 911 !

FEBRUARY 14, 2020


Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Warm this Winter:

Pet-proof the house. Most pets spend more time indoors during the winter.
Secure space heaters and use them with caution around pets. Do not leave pets unattended near heaters.
Prepare for winter storms by keeping enough pet food and water on hand to get through at least 5 days.
Identify pets with a microchip or identification tag. Pets may become lost in the winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that would help them find their way home. Be sure your pet’s microchip or identification tag has your current contact information.
Never leave pets in an unattended car. In cold weather a car quickly becomes like a refrigerator rapidly chilling pets.
Pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should not be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing temperatures. Some cities have ordinances about temperatures.
Check paws after walks for cold weather damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding, and an accumulation of snow and ice. 
During walks your dog’s paws, legs, and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze and other chemicals. Be sure to wipe down or wash your pet to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk of your pet being poisoned.
Avoid ice when walking your dog. Frozen lakes and ponds may not be able to support a dog’s weight.
Outdoor and feral cats may seek shelter under a vehicle in cold weather. Check underneath your car and make some noise before starting your vehicle.

Winter can be a beautiful time in Indiana. Preparing for cold weather and winter storms will help pets better handle the change in weather.


Due to a new phone and video system, Bartholomew County Jail inmates, families and friends will now have more options for visitation and email at no cost to taxpayers.  There will be a service charge to those using the system.  The Home WAV (Home Web Access Visitation) system will allow an inmate to visit remotely.  Inmates will be able to see more people more often and will be able to send and receive emails. This system offers built-in security and any/all incoming mail will be scanned at an offsite location and emailed to inmates.  BCJ officials say that on-station visitation will still be available; however, people can now visit from the comfort of their homes rather than coming to BCJ. Officials say it is cheaper to send email to inmate than to purchase postage.  Attorneys will also be able to speak with inmates remotely if they choose to do so.  “This new system should increase revenue generated for the Technology Fund”, said Major John Martoccia, Jail Commander.  “Some of the Tech funds were used to offset the cost of the recently purchased body scanner”, added Martoccia. The new system is expected to be installed and working sometime in February, 2020.


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