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July Indiana Employment Report 

INDIANAPOLIS (August 18, 2017) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.1percent for July and remains lower than the national rate of 4.3 percent. The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force decreased by 1,077 over the previous month due to a 4,008 decrease in employment and a 2,931 increase in unemployment. Indiana's total labor force continues to stand at more than 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.3 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.


Researchers Find Wreckage of USS Indianapolis

Navy News Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2017 — Civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen have announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis, which was lost July 30, 1945. This is a significant discovery, officials said, considering the depth of the water in the area in which the ship was lost: more than 18,000 feet. About 800 of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking, but after four to five days in the water -- suffering exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks -- only 316 survived. The wreck was located by the expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel, which is owned by Allen, 2,000 feet below the surface, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said. "As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances. While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming."Ship Sank in 12 Minutes The ship was lost in the final days of World War II when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the early morning hours of July 30, 1945. It sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible to send a distress signal or deploy much of its life-saving equipment. Prior to the attack, the Indianapolis had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that ultimately would help to end the war in the Pacific. "Even in the worst defeats and disasters, there is valor and sacrifice that deserves to never be forgotten," said Sam Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command. "They can serve as inspiration to current and future sailors enduring situations of mortal peril. There are also lessons learned -- and in the case of the Indianapolis, lessons re-learned -- that need to be preserved and passed on, so the same mistakes can be prevented and lives saved." Others have searched for Indianapolis in the past. Among the elements that made this effort different was Allen's recent acquisition and retrofit of the 250-foot R/V Petrel with state-of-the-art subsea equipment capable of diving 3 and a half miles. Culmination of Lengthy Effort "The Petrel and its capabilities -- the technology it has and the research we've done -- are the culmination years of dedication and hard work," said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen. "We've assembled and integrated this technology, assets and unique capability into [an] operating platform, which is now one amongst very few on the planet." The other key factor in the discovery was information that surfaced in 2016 when Dr. Richard Hulver, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, conducted research that led to a new search area to the west of the original presumed position. Hulver's research identified a naval landing craft that had recorded a sighting of Indianapolis hours before it was torpedoed. Using that information, the research team developed a new position and estimated search, which was still a daunting 600 square miles of open ocean. Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the Japanese battleship Musashi in March 2015 and the Italian World War II destroyer Artigliere in March of this year. His team also was responsible for retrieving and restoring the ship's bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British navy in honor of its heroic service. Allen's expedition team recently was transferred to the newly acquired and retrofitted R/V Petrel specifically for continuing exploration and research efforts. Surveying Wreckage Site The 13-person expedition team on the R/V Petrel is surveying the full site and will conduct a live tour of the wreckage in the next few weeks, officials said. Their work is compliant with U.S. law, respecting the sunken ship as a war grave and not disturbing the site, officials added. USS Indianapolis remains the property of the U.S. Nav,y and its location will remain confidential and restricted by the Navy. The crew of the R/V Petrel has collaborated with Navy authorities throughout its search operations and will continue to work on plans to honor the 22 crew members still alive today, as well as the families of all those who served on the highly decorated cruiser. The Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's contributions through the nation's history, and it supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. The command is composed of many activities, including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archaeology, Navy histories, 10 museums, the USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

Volunteers Needed For DNR Project

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources(DNR) is looking for local hunters to volunteer to count furbearer species, such as coyotes and raccoons, as well as other wildlife, this fall for its Archer’s Index project, which began in 1992. The DNR uses the information gathered to track population trends and monitor species. Volunteers will be given survey sheets to document animal sightings and hours hunted between October and late November. To volunteer, emaildfw@dnr.IN.gov.

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Marvin Gordon Bridgewater, 86
of New Albany, Indiana, formerly of Scottsburg, died on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Kindred Rolling Hills in New Albany, Indiana surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on April 29, 1931, Scottsburg, Indiana, the son of the late Marvin Frederick and Lola Bell (Pound) Bridgewater.  Marvin was a U.S Navy Veteran of the Korean War, serving on the USS Donner, Landing Ship Dock 20, in Greenland.  He was a member of the Scottsburg High School Class of 1949.  Marvin retired as a salesperson from Penn State Oil Company in 1999.  He loved to travel, ride his motorcycle and ride in parades on his mini bike with the Murat Shriners.  Marvin never met a stranger and was loved by many.  He was married on April 11, 1992 to Nina (Delph) Wilson, who survives.  Marvin grew up attending the Scottsburg  United Methodist Church and was currently a member of Calvary Christian Church in Sellersburg, Indiana.  In addition he was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Shrine Temple in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tri-County Shrine Club, Past Patron and member of Eastern Star  Chapter #107 in Scott County, Indiana, Past Patron and member of the Eastern Star Chapter #588 in Borden, Indiana, member of the Eastern Star LaBelle Chapter # 419, Past Master and member of the Scottsburgh Lodge # 572 F & AM, member of the American Legion Post # 89 in Seymour, Indiana, Scott County VFW Post # 6582 in Austin, Indiana and the National Rifle Association.  He is preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Marianna (Kirkendall) Bridgewater.  Survivors include his wife, Nina Bridgewater of New Albany, Indiana; a son, Randy Bridgewater and his wife Kathleen of Lumberton, New Jersey; daughter Marcia Bode and her husband Dave of Seymour, Indiana; stepsons, Ted Wilson and his wife Betsy of New Albany, Indiana and Tony Wilson and his wife Kathy of Springfield, Illinois; his twin brother, Melvin P. Bridgewater of Tipton, Indiana; four grandchildren, Amanda Kirby (Jason), Aaron Bridgewater, Klarissa and Kyle Bode; seven step grandchildren, River Dean Litten, Audrey Wilson, Anna Kyger (Tanner), Joseph, Jenna, Jason and Julia Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Michael and David Kirby and several cousins, nieces and a nephew.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with Gary Fenner officiating. Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm on Monday and after 10 am on Tuesday at Collins Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.


SR 256 Closes Wednesday For Bridge Deck Overlay

SCOTT & WASHINGTON COUNTIES—The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close State Road 256 at the Muscatatuck River bridge at the Scott-Washington County line near Austin this Wednesday morning (AUGUST 23) for installation of a thin deck overlay.  This Muscatatuck River bridge had been previously closed for minor repairs in advance of the overlay application. Motorists will be routed around the closure via Interstate 65, S.R. 56 and S.R. 39. Ragle Inc. is the state’s contractor for a $300,000 2-bridge project which included overlaying the driving surface on S.R. 258’s White River bridge in Jackson County. The Evansville contractor is charged with placing a 3/8-inch polymeric bridge deck overlay on the S.R. 256’s Muscatatuck River structure—sealing it from weather degradation and ultra violet ray damage. Flint chips will be mixed with the expoxy to restore proper coefficient of friction for optimum maneuverability and stopping capabilities.  The S.R. 256 bridge is located 1.92 miles east of S.R. 39. 

 Pipe Replacements On SR 362 Requires Closures Next Week

CLARK, JEFFERSON, SCOTT COUNTIES—Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance personnel will replace drainage structures at three locations along State Road 362 requiring closures of the east-west highway between S.R. 3 and S.R. 62 along the Clark-Scott County line and Clark-Jefferson County line next week. On Monday (AUGUST 28), INDOT crews from the Madison Unit plan to install a 36-inch pipe measuring 50 feet in length under S.R. 362 at mile marker 1.88—weather permitting—between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  On Tuesday (AUGUST 29), maintenance crews are scheduled to excavate S.R. 326 pavement at mile marker 2.8 to install a new 18-inch pipe, 50 feet in length, during daytime hours.  On Wednesday (AUGUST 30), INDOT plans to close S.R. 326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at mile marker 4.66 to replace a 36-inch drainage pipe, also 50 feet in length. All operations are weather dependent.  Rain could push the schedule back a day or two.

SHS New Tech Art unveiled and auctioned

Students from SHS New Tech art classes have demonstrated their amazing talent, by creating Pencil and Charcoal art from around Scott County. The drawings will be unveiled during the Regional Business Expo, this Wednesday the 23rd at the Scott County High School, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. After the unveiling, a Face Book Auction will take place until the end of the month. Proceeds from the auction will be given to the United Way, which works with organizations throughout the area to help people in need.
Local business and organizations are encouraged to view and bid.
To own and share a part of Scott County that was created by the hand of our youth will be something to treasure for years!



Ruby C. Sweet, 74,  of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017.  She was born on December 25, 1942 in Valley Station, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Peter P. and Ruby P. (Keene) Fluhr.  Ruby was a former employee of Morgan's Foods, Inc. in  Austin, Indiana and also an aide for the Hanover Nursing Home for about 3 years.  She was preceded in death by one son, Irven H. Sweet, Jr, one daughter, Rebecca Campbell, three brothers, Phillip, Alva and Edward Fluhr and one sister, Clara Stuffles.  Survivors include her companion, Farrell Knight; two sons: Lawrence E. Sweet of Austin, Indiana and Robert Green of Elizabeth, Indiana; two daughters: Elizabeth Snelling of Scottsburg, Indiana and Mary Alice Palmer of Chelsea, Indiana; one brother,  Charles Fluhr of Scottsburg, Indiana;  two sisters, Grace Campton and Martha Ann Fluhr both of Scottsburg, Indiana; thirty-two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.    Funeral Service: 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home  with Rev. Terry Eversole officiating.  Visitation: 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday.   Interment will be in New Bethel Cemetery near Chelsea, IN.  Online condolences: collinsfuneralhome.net

Mary E. Allen, 81,
of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  She was born on July 15, 1936 in Austin, Indiana, the daughter of the late Binford Trotter and Dosha (Campbell) Trotter.  Mary graduated from Austin High School in 1954 and then earned an Associate Degree at the old Louisville Business and Law College.  She was married on Sept. 22, 1956 to Melvin R. Allen, who survives. She was a retired legal assistant and office manager for the old John Dollens Law Firm and also retired from Houston and Thompson Law Firm in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church, a charter member of the Scott County Pilot Club and member of the Lamba Chi Omega Sorority. She was named the Woman of the Year by the Scott County Chamber of Commerce for her work with the Lifeline Program that was offered through the Pilot Club.  She enjoyed playing golf and was a member at the Westwood Ladies Monday Night Golf League and Covered Bridge Wednesday Night Ladies Golf League.  Mary loved her family and grandchildren and especially enjoyed keeping her great grandson Hayes two days a week. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Laura Jane Rodarte.   Survivors in addition to her husband, Mel include her son, Terry L. and wife Debbie Allen of Scottsburg, Indiana;  her daughter, Karen and husband David Everitt of Scottsburg, Indiana;  two sisters, Judy A. Cox (Ralph) of Columbus, Indiana and Terri Trotter (Mitch) of Lawrenceville, Georgia;  a brother, Floyd   Trotter (Pat) of Whitesburg, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Jessica Allen-Feder (Kevin), Evan Allen, Benjamin (Chynelle), Jared and Ryan Everitt (Kelsey Pruett) and one great grandson, Hayes James Feder.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at  the First Baptist Church  with Pastor Kevin Sills officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Tuesday and after 9 am Wednesday. All services will be observed at the First Baptist Church.  Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery.  Memorial Contributions: Her Church or Pilot Club Nursing Scholarship Fund  through the Scott County Community Foundation c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.


The Seymour Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Fall Softball League until September 1, 2017. No late registrations will be accepted. The $200 team sponsor fee and a minimum of ten $15 player fees are both required at the time of registration. League games will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Gaiser and Shields Parks. You may register online at seymourin.recdesk.com or at the Parks Office at 301-309 N. Chestnut Street, Seymour. For questions regarding the leagues, please contact Jason Kleber at jkleber@seymourin.org or (812)522-6420.

AAS Offers Updated Advice for Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse 

In response to alarming reports of potentially unsafe eclipse viewers flooding the market as the coast-to-coast solar eclipse of August 21st draws near, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has revised some of its safety advice to the public. How can you tell if your “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers are safe? It is no longer sufficient to look for the logo of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and a label indicating that the product meets the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for filters for direct viewing of the Sun’s bright face. Why not? Because it now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough of the Sun’s ultraviolet, visible, and infrared radiation to make them truly safe. Some sellers are even displaying fake test results on their websites to support their bogus claim of compliance with the ISO safety standard. Given this unfortunate situation, the only way you can be sure your solar viewer is safe is to verify that it comes from a reputable manufacturer or one of their authorized dealers. The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Forcehas been working diligently to compile a list of such vendors, now posted on its Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page. Task-force members have checked manufacturers’ ISO paperwork to make sure it is complete and that it comes from an accredited testing facility, and they’ve asked manufacturers to identify their authorized resellers and dealers to identify the source of the products they’re selling. Only when everything checks out does the AAS add a vendor to its listing. “If we don’t list a supplier, that doesn’t mean their products are unsafe,” says AAS Press Officer and task-force representative Rick Fienberg. “It just means that we have no knowledge of them or that we haven’t convinced ourselves they’re safe.” How can you tell if your solar viewer is not safe? The only thing you can see through a safe solar filter from a reputable vendor is the Sun itself. If you can see ordinary household lights through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, it’s no good. Safe solar filters produce a view of the Sun that is comfortably bright (like the full Moon), in focus, and surrounded by black sky. If you glance at the Sun through your solar filter and find it uncomfortably bright, out of focus, and surrounded by a murky haze, it’s no good. You should contact the seller and demand a refund or credit for return of the product, then obtain a replacement from one of the sources listed on the AAS’s reputable-vendors page. What if you received eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer from a relative, friend, neighbor, or acquaintance? If that person is an amateur or professional astronomer — and astronomers have been handing out eclipse viewers like Halloween candy lately — they’re almost certainly ISO-compliant, because astronomers get their solar filters from sources they know and trust (in other words, from the ones listed on the AAS’s reputable-vendors page). Ditto for professional astronomical organizations, including college and university physics and astronomy departments, and amateur-astronomy clubs.
If you bought or were given eclipse viewers at a science museum or planetarium, or at an astronomy trade show, again you’re almost certainly in possession of ISO-compliant filters. As long as you can trace your filters to a reputable vendor or other reliable source, and as long as they have the ISO logo and a statement attesting to their ISO 12312-2 compliance, you should have nothing to worry about. What you absolutely should not do is search for eclipse glasses on the internet and buy whatever pops up in the ads or search results. Check the AAS list of reputable vendors and buy from one of them. The AAS continues to emphasize that it is perfectly safe to look directly at the Sun during the brief total phase of the solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face. On August 21st this will occur only within a roughly 70-mile-wide path spanning the country from Oregon to South Carolina, and only for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds. Before and after totality, or throughout the entire eclipse if you’re outside the path (in which case you’ll see only a partial eclipse, which is nowhere near as exciting or magnificent as a total one), the only safe way to look directly at the Sun is through special-purpose solar filters. These are commonly sold as paper- or plastic-framed eclipse glasses or cardboard solar viewers that you hold in your hand. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking directly at the Sun; they transmit many thousands of times too much sunlight. 

Here are the AAS’s instructions for the safe use of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers:

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
Always supervise children using solar filters.
If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
If you are inside the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the Sun directly.

Some eclipse glasses and solar viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn’t look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard, which was adopted in 2015. If your eclipse glasses or viewers are relatively new and are ISO 12312-2 compliant, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren’t scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. What about welding filters? The only ones that are safe for direct viewing of the Sun with your eyes are those of Shade 12, 13, or 14. These are much darker than the filters used for most kinds of welding. If you have an old welder’s helmet around the house and are thinking of using it to view the Sun, make sure you know the filter’s shade number. If it’s less than 12 (and it probably is), don’t even think about using it to look at the Sun. Many people find the Sun too bright even in a Shade 12 filter, and some find the Sun too dim in a Shade 14 filter — but Shade 13 filters are uncommon and can be hard to find. The AAS’sReputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page doesn’t list any suppliers of welder’s filters, only suppliers of special-purpose filters made for viewing the Sun. An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed Sun is indirectly via pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the Sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the Sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you’ll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

 Child welfare check results in drug, gun arrests  

Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Washington and Scott County Sheriff’s Departments, have arrested three individuals on a multitude of drug and weapons charges. Joshua Purlee, 35, of Floyds Knobs, and Deloris Newton, 58, of Austin, were arrested in Washington County, while James Newton, 52, of Austin was arrested in Scott County.  On Aug. 6, Indiana Conservation Officers Robert Brewington and Neal Brewington and Washington County Sherrif’s Department officer Brad Naugle responded to a citizen’s report of a young girl playing alone in the rain at Elk Creek Lake Public Fishing Area. Officers found the girl in a vehicle by herself while her father, Purlee, was in a separate vehicle with Deloris Newton. A search of Purlee and Newton found nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills, and cash. Both were arrested, and the Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted. The child was transferred to the custody of a relative. Officer Neal Brewington obtained a search warrant for Newton’s residence in Austin, where Indiana Conservation Officers and Scott County Sheriff’s Department officers found more methamphetamine, prescription pills, paraphernalia, and firearms. James Newton, Delores Newton’s husband, was at the home and was arrested. Nearly 43 grams of methamphetamine, several hundred prescription pills, marijuana, paraphernalia, and 13 firearms were seized as evidence in this case. Indiana Conservation Officers routinely patrol DNR properties in an effort to ensure the safe use of the facilities and natural resources. Citizens are urged to report suspicious or criminal activity by calling Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536. All charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 Adult Kickball Tournament Registration 

The Seymour Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 3rd Annual Adult Kickball Tournament which will be held Saturday, September 30th at Kasting Park. The cost to register a team of 10-12 players is $100 and the deadline is September 15th. Teams may consist of any male/female combinations. You may register online at seymourin.recdesk.com or at the Parks Office at 301-309 N. Chestnut Street, Seymour. For questions regarding the tournament, please contact Jason Kleber at jkleber@seymourin.org or (812)522-6420.

INDOT Asks Motorists to Prepare for August 21 Solar EclipsePlan ahead for best viewing and avoid traffic congestion

Indiana Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to plan for traffic congestion expected to occur in southern Indiana before and after the total solar eclipse on August 21. Approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the total eclipse path. Many will be on the road to get a closer view.

Governor to Kick Off Roadtrip Indiana Initiative at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday

Governor Eric Holcomb will join state education and business leaders at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday to kick off a new initiative aimed at increasing student career exploration and preparation. Developed as part of the long-running PBS program Roadtrip Nation, the Roadtrip Indiana spin-off will follow three Hoosier students as they travel across Indiana to explore their career interests and interview Hoosier employers in high-growth fields. Roadtrip Indiana will also include classroom resources and a “Share Your Road” platform to connect Indiana employers with Hoosier students. The statewide roadtrip will officially begin on Wednesday when the roadtrippers drive their home for the next two weeks—an iconic green RV—around the IMS track.

Traffic Stop Yields Heroin

Scottsburg-Yesterday shortly after 2:30 pm, trooper Nathan Abbott made a traffic stop on Interstate #65 northbound near the 29 Mile Marker on a blue van for a traffic infraction. Once the traffic stop was made ISP K-9 Teague was deployed and alerted on the vehicle as to possibly contain controlled substances. During a search of the vehicle, used syringes, plastic baggies and other paraphernalia was located. After further investigation it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle, Alexandrea E. Grut, 27, from East Jefferson Street in Scottsburg, was in possession of Heroin hidden in a body cavity. Alexandrea E. Grut, was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail. Once at the jail the hidden Heroin was confiscated. Alexandrea E. Grut, was charged with Possession of Heroin, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. This investigation is continuing.



On August 3, 2017, Halbert Gray was convicted of Child Molest for an incident that occurred in the spring of 2016.  Mr. Gray received a sentence of 10 years in prison for his actions, which involved the inappropriate touching of a young female who was under his care at the time.  The crime was discovered because of a report made to the Indiana Department of Child Services. “Halbert Gray is headed to prison and that is exactly where he belongs,” stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney.  “Getting a resolution such as this without the need for a trial is a win for our community and for the victim of this terrible crime.  Trials in cases like this can be hard on victims and their families.”
Mr. Gray was facing a potential sentence of 2 to 12 years for the charges he faced.  Prosecutor Owens stated, “The work done by the agencies involved in investigating this case is appreciated.  Mr. Gray had a very minimal criminal history, so to get a sentence of 10 years in a case with this potential sentencing range can only be done when the case is strong.  Strong cases are made by hard work during the investigation.  I would like to thank the Indiana State Police and the Department of Child Services for the work they did so that this outcome was possible.” The agencies involved in the investigation of this matter were able to obtain an admission from Mr. Gray that ultimately led to his conviction. The conviction and sentence were the result of a plea agreement between the Defendant and the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office and the agreement was accepted by the Scott Circuit Court.


Winston Barger, Sr., 75, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on January 4, 1942 in Leatherwood, Kentucky, the son of the late Sterling Barger and Mae (Couch) Barger.   Winston was married on May 10, 1960 to Irene (Austin) Barger.  He retired in 1996 as a supervisor for Jeff Boat in Jeffersonville, Indiana where he worked for 32 years.  Winston also owned and operated Barger's Welding and Muffler Shop in Lexington, Indiana and attended the Zoah Christian Church in Scottsburg, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his son, Winston Barger, Jr. and a brother, Austin Barger.  Survivors include his wife, Irene Barger; a son, Steven W. Barger and his wife Suzanne of Carmel, Indiana;  two daughters, Debra Huckleberry and her husband Michael of Scottsburg, Indiana and Julie Barger of Lexington, Indiana; a daughter-in-law, Ermel Barger of Scottsburg, Indiana; six sisters, Elvie Rice of Dayton, Ohio, Eva Scott of Lexington, Indiana, Cinderella Roberts of Austin, Indiana, Minnie Pearl Sutton of Greenwood, Indiana, Felda Henry of Salem, Indiana and Angie Jewell Sanders of Scottsburg, Indiana; four brothers, Shorty Barger of Scottsburg, Indiana, Taylor Barger of Franklin, Indiana, Luckie Barger and Willard Barger both of Underwood, Indiana; four grandchildren, Tiffany Weir (Dennis), Courtney Gasaway (Shannon), Anna and Sebastian Barger and four great grandchildren, Katelin and Brady Weir and Macy and Landon Gasaway.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am Friday, August 11, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with Brent Calloway officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Thursday  and after 9 am Friday at Collins Funeral Home.   Interment will be in Barnes Community Cemetery in Nabb, Indiana.   Memorial Contributions: Barnes Community Cemetery c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net


Before You Send Your Child Off to College, Make Sure Your Student Is Properly Insured

The Indiana Department of Insurance recommends that you check your health, auto and homeowner insurance policies to see if any changes are needed to your coverage.

Indianapolis – The week of August 21, 2017, is the start of classes for most students heading to colleges and universities in Indiana. If you’re the parent or guardian of a college student, you should review your homeowner policy to ensure possessions are covered when your child takes them to college. Also check your auto insurance policy to see if the move impacts your rates, and check health coverage to find out what in-network providers are nearby. The Indiana Department of Insurance offers tips to help you review and update your insurance policies to cover your college student.

“Making sure your child is properly covered before moving onto or near campus can alleviate any unfortunate financial surprises from a claim denied by your insurance company because it wasn’t covered in the policy,” said Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson.

Health Insurance
Before leaving home, make sure your student has a copy of the relevant insurance cards and knows about obtaining referrals and approvals (if necessary) before seeking treatment. Another critical lesson is for parent and student to learn the impact on costs if the student uses out-of-network healthcare providers. If your insurer is part of a preferred provider organization (PPO), your insurer may pay benefits at out-of-network levels even if your student uses healthcare providers that are outside your network. However, if your insurer does not cover out-of-network charges, identifying and then using in-network physicians and hospital services for non-emergency care in the new college location will result in significant savings on your out-of-pocket costs.

If you are insured by a health maintenance organization (HMO), check to see if your student will be outside the HMO service area while away at school. If this occurs, the student likely will have coverage for emergency care, but might have to travel to a physician or hospital within the HMO service area for routine care. Check your plan provisions or speak with your insurer to find out what level of benefits is provided by your policy. 

If your student's healthcare coverage is limited by the network service area, another option is a student health insurance plan. These plans are sold by an insurer that has contracted with a college to offer coverage to its students.

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance
As with any insurance policy, you should evaluate the benefit of coverage on an individual basis. If your student is younger than 24 years old, enrolled in classes and living in on-campus student housing, your homeowners policy will likely extend to the belongings they take with them. Please note that most homeowners insurance policies place limitations upon the amount of personal property coverage available for property located at residences other than the primary residence.   

If your college student is living off-campus, you should talk to your insurance agent about whether your homeowner’s policy coverage will extend to the rental property. You should not rely on the landlord’s insurance to cover your college student’s possessions. The landlord’s insurance most likely covers structural damage to the building and may even protect against damage caused by tenants. Coverage does not extend to your college student’s personal property, nor does it protect him/her from being liable for damage they might cause to the building inadvertently (e.g., a kitchen fire or plumbing mishap).

Another important component of renters insurance is liability coverage, including personal liability and medical payments to others. Personal liability can provide much needed coverage if, for example, a claim is made or a suit is brought against your insured college student for damages because of bodily injury or property damage caused by a fire in your college student’s off-campus rental.

Renter’s insurance also may provide necessary medical payments to others in the event a person on your insured college student’s rental property becomes injured or an injury is caused by an animal owned by or in the care of your college student.

If your college student has unusually expensive items, such as fine jewelry or a musical instrument used in the student’s course of studies, you may consider adding a “rider” to provide extra coverage. Your insurance agent can help determine if an additional rider is needed. Your agent will be able to help determine which coverage is best to protect your college-bound student.

A comprehensive list of your student's possessions — including purchase prices, model numbers and serial numbers — will help you decide how much renter's insurance your student will need. It's also a good idea to have a detailed inventory in case of disaster, as it will help you and your student should you have to file an insurance claim following a loss. Make sure to take photos or video of the possessions, and store the inventory in a secure, off-site location. Parents should also keep a copy of the inventory and photos.

Check out the NAIC myHOME Scr.APP.book application – it makes it easy for you to document your student's valuables, update their inventories and store the information for easy access after a disaster.

Auto Insurance
If your student is taking a car with them to school, check with your agent about the existing auto insurance policy. A significant move away from home can have an impact on your rates. Ask about the rates for the college's city and state before deciding whether to keep your student's car on the family's auto policy. In addition, the insurance company should be notified each semester if the student maintains good grades. Maintaining a certain G.P.A. might make your child eligible for a good student discount.

Automobile insurance coverage primarily follows the vehicle, rather than the driver.  Therefore, it is important for students to understand that if they allow friends to borrow or drive their car, the coverage provided would come from the vehicle owner’s insurance policy.  Claims submitted under the policy may result in increased auto insurance rates, so parents may wish to discuss expectations concerning use of the insured vehicle before their student leaves for college in order to avoid any misunderstandings or unanticipated consequences.

If your student does not take a vehicle to school, you may want to check with your carrier to see if they offer a discount, or revised rate. This may only apply if the student isn’t driving the car while away at school and he/she is more than 100 miles away from the insured address.

About the Indiana Department of Insurance
The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) protects Indiana's insurance consumers by monitoring and regulating the financial strengths and market conduct activities of insurance companies and agents. The IDOI monitors insurance companies and agents for compliance with state laws to protect consumers and to offer them the best array of insurance products available. The IDOI also assists Hoosiers with insurance questions and provides guidance in understanding how insurance policies work. 


 Joan Byrer, 83, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Beehive Homes of Scottsburg.  She was born on September 3, 1933 in Scott County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Stanley B. Smith and Mary Frances (Shields) Smith.   Joan was married to James E. Byrer, who preceded her in death on May 19, 1999.  She was a retired nurse from Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, Indiana, where she worked for over 20 years.  Joan was also a former employee of the old Healthcare of Indiana and former co-owner of the old J & J Carpet & Interiors in Scottsburg, Indiana.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Charter Member of the Rainbow Strollers and former member of the Kiwanianne's in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Joan enjoyed dancing, but especially Square Dancing and Line Dancing.  She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Jim and her parents, Joan was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Smith.  Survivors include three daughters, Jill Byrer-Boley and husband Dennis, Krista and husband John Leonard and Kim and husband Frank Gardner all of Scottsburg, Indiana; two sisters, Jean and husband Ralph Lurker of Midland, Georgia and Deborah Mashburn of Louisville, Kentucky;  five grandchildren, Jamie Hurley, Brandon Spicer, Tiff Gardner (Olivia), Baylan Gardner (Shayleigh) and Rayanne Boley and eight great grandchildren, Rylan, Easton, Noah, Chloe, Sophia, Sydney, Nathaniel and Logan.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am Friday, August 18, 2017 at Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Sills officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Thursday and after 9 am Friday at Collins Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Estil Cemetery near Scottsburg, Indiana.   Memorial Contributions: First Baptist Church c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net


Trooper Arrests Two after finding Kilo of Cocaine  

Putnam County—Thursday morning at 7:45, an Indiana State Police Trooper was working along Interstate 70. The Trooper observed a black Chevy Cruze traveling eastbound near the 36 mile marker with the registration improperly displayed. A traffic stop was initiated and during the stop several indicators of possible criminal activity were detected.  A request for K-9 assistance was answered by an Indiana State Police K-9 handler. A free air sniff resulted in a “positive indication” on the back passenger side of the vehicle. A subsequent search yielded one package estimated to be a Kilo of suspected Cocaine. Estimated street value of a Kilo of cocaine is approximately $100,000 dollars.

Arrested:         Alberto Castro Analco, age 27, Kansas City Missouri, MO

Charges:          Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug (felony)

                        Possession of Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug (felony) 

Arrested:         Ivan Pedro Mirares Roldan, age 30, Kansas City Missouri, MO

                       Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug (felony)

                       Possession of Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug (felony) 

Incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail. Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Donnelly’s Wounded Officers Recovery Act Signed Into Law by President Trump

Indianapolis, Ind. – Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) – all members of the Republican or Democratic congressional baseball teams – was signed into law by recently President Trump. The Wounded Officers Recovery Act amends the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to expand eligibility to include any U.S. Capitol Police employee that has been seriously injured in the line of duty. The fund previously only allowed funds donated to be distributed to families of officers killed in the line of duty. The law now enables Capitol Police special agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey to access funds raised for victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting. Griner and Bailey were both wounded in the line of duty as they successfully fought off and subdued the gunman. Donnelly said, “I’m pleased that President Trump has signed my bipartisan bill into law. Capitol Police officers come to work every day to protect our nation’s Capitol building, members of Congress, our staff, and visitors from across the country and world. Capitol Police officers severely wounded in the line of duty, including those who saved lives at the recent shooting in Virginia, will now be eligible for United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund assistance as they deserve to be.”

Jackson County Horseshoe Tournament

The 50th Annual Jackson County Horseshoe Tournament will be held at Gaiser Park on Saturday, September 2, 2017. The singles tournament will be a round robin 4-class tournament. Qualifying Times are August 31st and September 1st from 5:00-8:00pm. The tournament will begin at 9:00am with Class D, then Classes C, B & A in that order. Each class will begin 30 minutes after the previous class ends. This pitch is open to all residents of surrounding counties. Please call Glenn Hollin at (812)498-7652 if morning hours are needed to qualify. This event is sponsored by the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department.

Arts Commission accepting applications for PACE grant program

The IAC seeks up to five new partnerships for the PACE program. PACE program grants fund partnership activities between a school and a community arts organization to provide regular arts integration experiences in the classroom. The PACE program aims to assist lower performing schools with significant numbers of at-risk students through arts residencies. Proposed programs should be appropriate for grades 2 - 5, should occur regularly across the entire school year, and should use arts integration techniques to connect arts learning with literacy learning. Previously granted partnerships include theatre companies, dance companies, community arts education organizations, and visual arts organizations. Details on current PACE partnerships can be found on the IAC website http://www.in.gov/arts/PACE.htm. "The arts can be a valuable tool in not only engaging the interest of young students, but giving them a different path of learning and comprehending," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. Applicants must be either a 501(c)3 arts organization or eligible school, and be located in one of the following IAC service regions: 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, or 12. Applicants may request a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Applications are due November 1, 2017.

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site to present the Lick Creek Band 

MADISON, Ind. – The Lick Creek Band of Paoli, Ind., will perform as part of Lanier Mansion’s Music at the Mansion concert series on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Blending guitar and bass, the Lick Creek Band affectionately renders rock, pop, jazz and original music into their back porch tuneful stylings. “Our performances are like a big party,” said band member Alice Wootton. “Almost all of the songs we perform, such as Mustang Sally, Route 66,Summertime, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Brown Eyed Girl, Hotel Californiaand many others, will be familiar to almost everyone in the audience.” The concert is free and open to the public. Donations received at the concert will help fund other programs and restoration efforts at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. The rain location for the concert will be the Brown Gym, located 100 Broadway St. in Madison, Ind. The local jazz group Zercussion will perform the last concert in the series on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. This concert series is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional sponsors are the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, River Terrace Health Campus and Thornton Terrace Health Campus. For more information, please contact Gerry Reilly, Lanier Mansion State Historic Site manager, at 812.273.0556 or greilly@indianamusuem.org.

Talk to a Lawyer

Over the next three months, the Scott County Circuit and Superior Courts are sponsoring a “Talk to a Lawyer” day. An attorney from Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals will be available to assist unrepresented persons in matters such as paternity, divorce, custody, parenting time, guardianships, consumer and credit defense, landlord/tenant issues, and wills and estates. This attorney will be able to offer limited legal advice, to assist in referring to, filling out, and filing the proper forms, and to help prepare parties to represent themselves at hearing. This attorney is not available for assistance in criminal matters.
Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals also has an application for extended services that can be submitted to request a pro bono attorney take on your case and represent you in the courtroom.
To talk to a lawyer, no appointment is necessary. An attorney will be available on the second Wednesday of every month, those dates being August 9, September 13, and October 11 from noon until 4, in the jury room on the second floor of the Courthouse. If this service proves to be of use and value, we will seek to extend and expand it in the future.
To Contact Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals directly:
(812) 288-8002

Bicycle Rodeo

The Pilot Club and Scott County Kiwanis will be hosting a Bike Rodeo on Saturday August 12th. The Rodeo will be from 11-1 at the basketball court at Beechwood Park. The Pilot Club will be having drawings throughout the event for free helmets. A boys and girls bicycle will also be given away. 



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