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 ​​WEEK OF AUGUST 15 - 18

​To Report News or News Questions call 812-595-1089​

Sharon Parker


 


MONDAY ​


Scott County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program is Growing…K-9 “Zeus” joins the Sheriffs’ Office

Scott County-On 8-16-2022, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program will increase as K-9 Deputy “Zeus” joins the force. Pete Dragojevic, the President and K-9 Master Trainer for the Blue Warrior Tactics Organization, a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to providing law enforcement officers with the best K-9 partners available, will graciously donate K-9 Zeus to the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. A ceremony will be conducted at the Sheriffs’ Office in Scottsburg, where K-9 Zeus and the current Sheriffs’ Office K-9 Deputy “Karma” will be formally sworn in and recognized by Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin. K-9 Karma has been an effective tool in combating illegal drugs in and around Scott County, a primary line of effort of Sheriff Goodin since becoming Sheriff. By adding K-9 Zeus to the war on drug dealers, the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office will be even more lethal in eradicating our community of these drug suppliers. The total value of the donation of K-9 Zeus exceeds $15,000, a generous gesture personally made by Mr. Dragojevic to the Sheriffs’ Office and the people of Scott County. NOTE: Not one cent of tax payer funds were expended on this project. This is a primary objective always stressed by Sheriff Goodin, an obligation he made to the people of Scott County upon becoming their Sheriff.
The swearing in of the K-9 Deputies will be at 1:00pm at the Sheriffs’ Office, 111 S. First Street in Scottsburg. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.


Scott County Fairgrounds 


Join them at the Scott County Fairgrounds Fri Aug 19 and Sat Aug 20 for the demo events that were rained out during the fair.

Power wheels will be Sat at 6pm.



Two Arrested after Pursuit and Crash


Southern Indiana - Thursday, August 11, 2022: Two people were arrested Thursday afternoon after leading an ISP Trooper on a pursuit on rural County roadways in Washington and Orange Counties.
Around 12:40 Thursday afternoon, Trooper Brett Walters was patrolling on US 150 in Washington County when he observed a dark-colored SUV traveling at a high rate of speed. Trooper Walters clocked the vehicle at 73-mph in a 55-mph zone and turned to stop the car. The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Explorer, turned onto Radcliff Road, but the driver refused to stop. The driver fled at high speeds and led Trooper Walters on a pursuit through Washington and Orange County roadways. Speeds during the pursuit reached 90 mph, and the driver ran multiple stop signs and made unsafe movements while approaching oncoming traffic.
The driver eventually turned back east and the pursuit re-entered Washington County. As the driver approached the intersection of Pavey Ridge Road and SR 66, the driver failed to negotiate the intersection and eventually crashed off the east side of the highway. The occupants then fled from the scene on foot but were soon located and apprehended thanks to the assistance of Indiana DNR Officers and K9 "Smokie." The driver, identified as 52-year-old Donald Bruce Roberts of Corydon, Indiana, and the passenger, 25-year-old Chloe Madison Elliott, also of Corydon, were both transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem for minor injuries. After being medically cleared, both were incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.
As a result of the pursuit and ensuing investigation, both are charged as follows:
Donald Bruce Roberts:
• Resisting Law Enforcement with a vehicle -Level 5 Felony
• Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 6 Felony
• Possession of Syringe - Level 6 Felony
• Possession of Paraphernalia -A Misdemeanor
• Resisting Law Enforcement (on foot) - A Misdemeanor
• Leaving the scene of an accident - B Misdemeanor
• Operating while never receiving a valid license- A Misdemeanor
Chloe Madison Elliott:
• Resisting Law Enforcement (on foot) - A Misdemeanor
“All subjects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law”.





TUESDAY 


Asphalt resurface planned on U.S. 31 in Scottsburg


SCOTT COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to begin work on an asphalt resurface project on U.S. 31 in Scottsburg starting on or after Wednesday, August 24. Crews will be active from York Road to S.R. 56.
Work will start with patching along U.S. 31, followed by milling and paving. Traffic will be shifted with one lane open in each direction. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents throughout the project.
In mid-September signal modifications are scheduled to begin at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Owen Street. Motorists can expect flagging and temporary stoppages while work is in progress at this location.
Construction is expected to last between six and eight weeks, depending upon weather and other factors. Following paving, the roadway will be reconfigured between York Road and S.R. 56 to include a center two-way left turn lane, with one travel lane in each direction. This change follows a pattern of crashes involving motorists turning left on U.S. 31 and will improve corridor safety by giving drivers a dedicated area to safely wait to turn.
The $563,000 contract was awarded to E&B in February and has a completion date of October 31, 2022. INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, use caution and watch for workers and equipment in active work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.



Remember this Friday Night! (August 19)


Another incredible night of fun that is planned for you in Downtown Scottsburg this Friday Night, August 19!
Scottsburg Main Street's Friday Night Movie on the Square
showing "Sing 2" beginning at dusk. This show is sponsored by sponsored by the City of Scottsburg Fiber & Citizens Communications Broadband. Show at approximately 8:45 PM.
Scottsburg Main Street Friday Night Cruise In - 6:00 PM
Music by Moxie Music
Bounce House
and a Special Surprise Toot! Toot!
Summer Music on the Square welcomes Jacob Cruiser back for an encore performance starting at 6:00 PM that evening.
All events on Friday are FREE and Family Friendly! This is ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT to come to Downtown Scottsburg!



Scott County Sheriff Reminds Motorists to be Alert – Watch for Stop Arm Signals and Children Moving near School Buses


Scott County-On 8-8-2022, the first day of school begins in Scott District #1 and the following day (8-9-2022) is the start for Scott District #2, Monday and Tuesday respectively. This news release is to focus on the safety of students on and around school buses…and the rules of the road when school buses are part of the equation. Adhere to the following “shall dos” around school buses;
• If following a school bus and the stop arm signal is activated and the red lights are flashing, STOP behind the bus and remain stopped until the stop arm is turned off and pulled back inward and the flashing red lights are turned off (regardless of how many lanes the road is).
• If approaching a bus from the opposite direction where there is no center barrier/divider (stop arm and red lights are activated), STOP regardless of how many lanes the roadway is. Stay stopped until the stop arm is deactivated and pulled back inward and the flashing red lights are turned off.
• If approaching a school bus from the opposite direction on a highway with a center divider/guardrail, please slowly and cautiously continue until you are past the bus…stopping is NOT required.
Please drive carefully anytime you are approaching, passing, or following a school bus…if you witness dangerous driving around a school bus, Sheriff Goodin ask that you take note of the vehicle description (with the license plate number if possible), a description of the driver, and provide an account of the dangerous driving you witnessed. A deputy will investigate every incident that is reported to the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office…the goal is to mitigate any future dangerous driving incidents while discussing the reported dangerous driving complaint with the driver. Please call 812-752-5550 to help us keep our kids safe…remember, you can remain anonymous.
On behalf of the men and women of the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office, have a safe and enjoyable school year students and parents…we salute you!



 ​ SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFFS’ OFFICE CRIME TIP-LINE…ANOTHER TOOL AVAILABLE FOR THE VIGILANT “CITIZEN DEPUTY”


Scott-The Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…always poised at the ready to receive vital information known at times only to the citizen caller. The number to call is 812-752-7898…this is the Tip-Line number for the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office ONLY. If a call is placed to another tip-line managed by another police agency, the information will only be known to that agency, not all agencies within Scott County. If you have information concerning a crime or suspicious activity within Scott County, please feel free to make the call to the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line at 812-752-7898.
Remember, you can remain anonymous




​​TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK 

 

 

 

 

 

  




Tail Wagging Tuesday Pet of the Week
Meet Winston. Winston is such a beautiful cat! His tail is just exquisite. Winston loves people and gets along great with other cats. He would love to have a home to call his own. Winston is just over a year old. If you would like me meet Winston or any of the cats available at the Humane Society of Scott County Adoption Center, stop by 1176 North Gardner Street or call 812-752-7500. sisaveapet.com












Tail Wagging Tuesday Pet of the Week
Meet "Charlie" a beagle mix. Charlie is 2-3 years old and neutered.
He is 25 pounds and very nice. He was part of a large group that was brought into the shelter, and he is one of the nicest. He puts his head in our laps for attention and closes his eyes when you pet and hold him. Charlie will need help in learning to walk on a leash but is already very good in his crate. He is a sweet, gentle soul. Contact ms.snow.again@gmail.com

​Humane Society of Scott County 812-752-7500



WEDNESDAY


A Joint Investigation involving the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsburg City Police, and the Scott County Probation Department results in more Drug Arrests NOTE: A Concerned Citizen Provided the Tip that Resulted in this Investigation


Scott County-On 7-28-2022, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies, Scottsburg City Police Officers, and the Chief of the Scott County Probation Department converged upon a residence (3842 W. State Road 56, Scottsburg) to conduct a probation check at the location. Upon arrival at the residence and after making contact with the occupants inside, various drugs, paraphernalia, and evidence of drug sales were located. Additionally, arrest warrants from another jurisdiction were served as well. Located at the residence were approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana, digital scales, and other drug paraphernalia used in the distribution of controlled substances. Joseph Ray Lamaster, 26 of Scottsburg was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Sean Michael Browning, 29, of Scottsburg was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance and False Informing. Melissa Leshy Crick, 28 of Charlestown was charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance. Additionally, Crick was wanted on a warrant issued out of Floyd County, Indiana which was served by officers at the scene. Ultimately, Lamaster, Browning, and Crick were all transported to the Scott County Jail. The officers involved in this investigation and subsequent arrests were Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies Johnney Coomer, Paul Clute, Jessica Dickey, and Joe Johnson, Scottsburg City Police Officers Ryen Ware, Jordan Bowles, Greg Green and Steve Herald, and Scott Pool of the Scott County Probation Department. These arrests stem from a citizen providing a “tip” that suspected criminal activity was occurring at the State Road 56 address…a report of heavy vehicle traffic to and from the residence was concerning, along with periodic disturbances in the neighborhood which led officers to the eventual arrests of those involved. Sheriff Goodin stressed the following…“This is another example of a concerned citizen providing information which in turn resulted in drugs being confiscated and a drug dealer put on notice”. Sheriff Goodin wishes to convey his thanks to that anonymous citizen who took the time to place the call…together, we are making a difference.


Tattered Flag Deposit Box


(Frequently Asked Question, what do I do with a Damaged or Worn-Out Flag?)
Scott County- One of the most frequently asked questions is what to do with a United States Flag, Prisoner of War Flag or Indiana State Flag, that is damaged or worn out. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has mounted a “Tattered Flag Deposit Box” on the corner of First Street and Wardell Street, (Northwest Corner of the Jail property). The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is for citizens to bring their worn out or tattered United States, Prisoner of War, or Indiana State Flags to be deposited and retired properly. The flags will be given to the Veterans Affairs Office in Scott County who will then give them to the local veteran’s organizations to be disposed of/retired properly. The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is the idea of Scott County Deputy Josh Hammond. Sheriff Goodin stated “our patriotism can never be shown enough as the exterior of the Scott County Jail has been recently re-decorated by Indiana State and United States Flags.” “This flag deposit box is just another way to honor our great country our U. S. Flag and state flag by retiring them the proper way. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has also created a designated parking spot for the counties’ Disabled Veterans Transport Van. This is to honor our Veterans also.  The Tattered Flag Box was decorated by Watson’s Signs and mounted by Scott County Inmates. The parking spot was painted by the Scott County Inmates. No tax monies were used.


​CASA of Scott County,


CASA is needing caring volunteers to advocate for the children of Scott County. As an advocate, you will inform the court as to what is in the child's best interest and make sure their needs are being met. You will be the voice for a child in court. Volunteers receive training, and can expect to perform background checks and fingerprinting. Volunteer hours are very flexible and can be worked around your work schedule. Please call today and give the children of Scott County a voice! Your voice and your time can make all the difference to a child in foster care. Call Debrah at 812-752-4748 for more information.




 

THURSDAY





Adoption Fair this Saturday from 1-3:00.


​The Humane Society of Scott County will be holding an Adoption Fair this Saturday August 6 from 1:00 to 3:00. The Humane Society of Scott County is located at 1176 North Gardner Street in Scottsburg. 



OVO 2022 INDIANA STATE PARK PERMITS


Ohio Valley Opportunities (OVO) is pleased to announce that 2022 Indiana State Park Entrance Permits will be made available to income-qualified families for the second year in a row. These permits will allow families with children age 17 and under from Jefferson, Jennings, and Scott counties to access the Indiana State Parks for free.
To qualify, families must certify that they have a child 17-years-old or younger and meet the income guidelines listed below. Permits have already been mailed to OVO clients that received Energy Assistance, Housing Choice Voucher, and Head Start program services this year.
Additional permits will be made available to those families who qualify while supplies last. See below for dates, times and locations for when families that have not already received a permit can pick one up. Qualifying information can be found on our WMPIScottsburg facebook page. 



YOUTH SUMMIT


Incoming high school juniors and seniors who live or attend high school in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, or Washington counties are invited to attend a youth summit in August. This includes homeschool and private school students. “Own It!” will feature sessions on entrepreneurship, nonprofit, government, inclusion, financial literacy, and relationship-building. There will be prizes and giveaways. Youth will leave with new friends, new skills, and the opportunity to develop leadership abilities. The cost to attend is $20 per person, and scholarships are available. The youth summit is hosted by Align Southern Indiana, a nonprofit organization located in the Southern Indiana. One of Align’s long-term outcomes is that community citizens will be fostered to become regional leaders.
The event will be held Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Mount St. Francis. Registration is due by Aug. 5 and is required, as the summit is limited to 50 participants. Registration can be found here: https://givebutter.com/OwnIt or by visiting the Align Southern Indiana website, www.alignsi.com under “News.” Questions can be directed to Nathan at Nathan@leadershipharrisoncounty.org or Mark Eddy at meddy@leadershipsi.org.




Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park will close for major renovation beginning Nov. 13. Reopening is expected in the first quarter of 2024.


The 73-room inn is structurally sound but needs significant work that requires extended closure of the entire facility, including the Millstone Dining Room, conference facilities, and overnight lodging. Funding for this project is provided through an infusion of dollars to address deferred maintenance needs in Indiana State Parks and other DNR properties by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana General Assembly. The base budget for the project is $10 million.
The primary goal of the project is modernization of all mechanical systems while retaining the historic, natural look and feel of the public spaces and guest rooms. The work includes replacement of water lines, fire alarms, sprinklers, and HVAC. The project also includes installing new windows and doors, making accessibility upgrades, as well as making additional guest room furnishing and bathroom upgrades, and replacing the existing swimming pool with a splash pad.
“Complete closure of one of our most iconic Indiana State Park inns for more than a year is a difficult decision,” said DNR Director Dan Bortner. “However, the modernization of the inn’s ‘behind the scenes’ safety and comfort systems is best accomplished with this approach.” “When guests can return, they will appreciate the improvements from the moment they check-in at the new centrally located welcome desk to their renovated rooms.” All inn associates will remain employed during the renovation, working in other areas of the park or at other inn locations. The inn will maintain an office with telephone and electronic communications inside the park to answer questions, make day-to-day contacts, and conduct future sales meetings. Its location will be announced once established.
The Spring Mill Inn opened in 1939. Indiana State Parks’ other six inns will be open and available for overnight lodging, conferences, weddings and receptions, and other events. Information is at IndianaInns.com.




CRADLE Crisis Pregnancy Center
C.R.A.D.L.E. is having our Annual Easter Fundraiser.


We are looking for homes to hide Easter eggs for individual Easter Egg Hunts for a donation to CRADLE. To register for the limited spots click the following link https://forms.gle/3K9hjFMbKv3JTTBj8
We are also in need of community members who are willing to help us make this a zero cost fundraiser by donating plastic eggs and wrapped candy or who will help by volunteering to fill eggs or hide Easter eggs on Saturday, April 16. To help or volunteer fill out the following link https://forms.gle/rKtgiMfejZjowREo6






FRIDAY ​​​



Benchmark Family Services 


Do you have love to give? Have you ever considered becoming a licensed foster parent? Benchmark Family Services is looking for homes willing to provide a safe, loving, stable environment for children in foster care. Training is able to be completed virtually, if preferred, and is provided according to your availability. We would love to answer any questions that you may have. Reach out by PM, call 812-418-7313, or inquire through our website.
www.benchmarkfamilyservices.org



Hunters can donate deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers

Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.  Participating in the program is simple: Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
Harvest a deer. rop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.
The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries. 
As a result of the 2020 deer hunting seasons, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund provided funding to process more than 360 harvested deer that resulted in more than 20,650 pounds of venison being donated. 
For information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, please visit sbf.IN.gov.



GHOST TOURS


With the haunting season nearly upon us, the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is home to two or three spirits. In the early 1800’s the state of Indiana was required to provide residence for the poor and disabled. The building in which the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is housed was built in 1892 for this specific purpose. The building would remain at capacity until 1973, when the last inmate was moved out. The building then became county offices and court while the courthouse was under renovations. The building sat empty until the Preservation Alliance took possession of the building to be used as the present-day Scott County Museum. Since the early 1970’s people working in the building have reported hearing footsteps, voices call out their names and even a few actual full-bodied apparitions. The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum does conduct Friday and Saturday night paranormal investigations.
2 Hour Ghost Tour:
$10 per person with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 15. Reservations are required.
6 Hour Paranormal Investigations:
$20 per person with a maximum of 10 people.
50% deposit is required 2 weeks in advance to secure your tour type.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will allow video recorders, voice recorders, EMF meters, still cameras, ghost box and other such devices. BUT absolutely NO Ouija boards are permitted on the grounds.
To schedule your tour or investigation experience call 812-752-1050 or email museumghosttours@gmail.com
100% of tours costs go to support the Museums operation costs.



New Safe Exchange Zone Opened by the Sheriff’s Office


Scott County-Working in cooperation with the Scott County Commissioners, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has created a “Safe Exchange Zone,” for the exchange of children when child custody disputes are involved. The “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used by folks who sell items on social media and need a safe place to meet the person they are either buying from or selling to. The “Safe Exchange Zone’s” uses are really unlimited. The “Safe Exchange Zone” features a marked designated area directly across (west) of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The “Safe Exchange Zone” has fully functional recording cameras and these cameras are monitored 24 Hours a day. Once you get to the area of the Sheriff’s Office you can follow the signs to the “Safe Exchange Zone”. Sheriff Goodin stated, “This is just another thing that we can do to help our citizens feel and actually be safer”. Sheriff Goodin also wanted to thank the Scott County Commissioners for allowing the Sheriff’s Office to build the “Safe Exchange Zone” in their parking lot.




 








 

 

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT AT BIG OAKS NWR July 31, 2021 

 

Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers! These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when you come to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count. Thirty-seven species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count. Those attending should meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, July 31st at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association would be appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time you wish to spend in the field. Some folks may choose to join us for the entire day; others may want to make it a half day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks. 

                                                                                                 

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists of approximately 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides excellent public use opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, interpretation and environmental education. The refuge has one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in the southeastern part of the state as well as one of the largest grassland complexes in the state, both of which provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities to refuge visitors.  

 

Go on a nature walk or a birding tour, participate in fishing or a special hunt, enter a photography or wildlife art contest, or simply enjoy the splendors of nature at one of the nearly 550 national wildlife refuges.   

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses nearly 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.  




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