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Sharon Parker 






JULY 6, 2020



Scott County Fair Board will be hosting a “Scott County Bicentennial Parade”


This is a huge year for Scott County as we celebrate our 200 years! With that being said the theme is just that! Bicentennial! Decorate with Scott County History or in gold!

We will be having a “Drive by Car Show” incorporated in this bring your hot rods and enjoy the occasion!!

When: July 12 Regestration(at post office)12:00-2:30
Parade 3:00
Where: Normal Fair parade route (around square, down Main Street and up lovers lane to Riley Drive)

I have been asked to not have candy or anything thrown this year, and to remember to social distance to make sure we are keeping our community safe as possible! This is a weird year but let’s try and do what we can to make it as normal as possible!

Please join us to celebrate this milestone as an entire community! We will be giving an award for the “Best of Parade” I need 3 volunteers to be judges Private message me if you are interested!!



Scottsburg Police Department

On July 5th at approximately 11:52 pm officers Greg Green and Ryen Ware were dispatched to the area of US 31 and Cope Lane in reference to a naked male approaching vehicles in the roadway. When officers arrived they observed a nude male standing on top of the Scott County Health Departments Dodge Durango. The male began stomping on the hood of the vehicle yelling at officers to shoot him. Officers produced their Tasers and ordered the male off of the vehicle. The male then fell from the vehicle. Officers attempted to place the suspect into custody at which time he began to forcefully resist. SCSD Deputy Johnny Coomer arrived on the scene and attempted to help place the suspect into handcuffs. Officers struggled with the male for several minutes before he was placed under control. The male was taken to the Scott County Emergency Room and identified as Austin Copeland of Jackson Michigan. Mr. Copeland later stated he was tripping on LSD and did not know what happened. Deputy Coomer was bitten by the suspect on his leg and later treated at the ER for his injuries. Mr. Copeland was charged with Battery-Results In Bodily Injury To Public Safety Official, Resisting Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct, Public Nudity and Public Intoxication. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Hancock's Drug Store

Today, we make the bittersweet announcement that after 75 years in business, Hancock’s Drug Store has been sold to CVS Pharmacy. This decision was a tremendously difficult one, given that Hancock’s has been not only a community staple, but a huge part of my life and my family’s life. My dad, Ron West, and his best friend and business partner, John Craig, served our community at Hancock’s Drug Store for 40 of the last 75 years. That is an amazing accomplishment for any small business and is a credit to the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our staff. We are forever grateful for the opportunity we have been given to serve this community and can’t overstate how hard this decision was for us to make. While it saddens me to close, I truly feel this to be the best decision for my family and me. Sadly, independent retail pharmacy has changed drastically over the last several years and many barriers have been put in place to keep us from being competitive. For example, insurance reimbursements are now controlled by pharmacy benefit managers that give preferential treatment to larger chains. This creates an added level of stress that has grown almost impossible to control. Again, I am thankful for our customers, our staff and the decades we have been given together. The bonds and relationships formed over the years will stay with us forever. I hope the community, and most importantly our customers and staff, understand how difficult this decision has been. I also hope that those who choose to comment on this post will be respectful as I assure you, we have tried our hardest to serve our community in the best way possible.  Our last day in the store will be July 14th. As of July 15th, all prescriptions at Hancock’s will be sent to the Scottsburg CVS. I encourage everyone to please pick up any medication that may be waiting for you. If the medications are not picked up by July 14th, they will be sent to CVS. The lobby will be back open on JULY 1st, 2020. There will be a 10 person maximum capacity at one time within the store to observe social distancing for COVID 19. In an effort to sell unused inventory, all Hallmark cards and dollar items will be marked to 50% off. We will also be discounting unused OTC inventory.



Join the Scott County Community Foundation for their fourth annual casino night fundraiser.


This year’s theme is Fiesta. Those looking for a fun evening can enjoy this unique experience locally while helping to raise money for a great cause. This special fun-filled event will be held Saturday, August 8 at Mid-America Science Park, Scottsburg. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for appetizers and drinks, with dinner to start at 6:00 p.m The night’s entertainment will feature Raices Folklore dance troupe, bingo, blackjack and poker. The Community Foundation has obtained a state charitable gaming license (No. 014770) for the event, so winners may take away cash. A silent auction will be held and door prizes awarded.  Dinner will be catered by Country Classics. The menu will feature Mexican-style food, including a taco bar with chicken, beef and shrimp; street corn, cilantro rice and sautéed veggies. Appetizers include chips and salsa/queso, fresh fruit and churro sticks. Dessert will be sopapilla cheesecake bars and Tres Leches cake. Margaritas and other favorite drinks will be served at the Cantina.  Tickets are $25 per person, with RSVP’s due by Friday, July 31. You may RSVP by using the contact information listed below or stopping in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg.  The event’s El Grande sponsors include Blue & Co., Duke Energy, Ivy Tech Community College, Morgan Foods and New Washington State Bank. The Nuestra Familia sponsors are Hancock’s Drug Store, Scott County School District 1 and Scott County School District 2. The Amigos Especiales sponsor is Clark County REMC.   Through a matching grant opportunity from Lilly Endowment, all proceeds from the event will be matched 50 cents for every dollar. Your support of the Foundation’s fundraiser will help support their mission and programs.   A community foundation helps build and strengthen the community by bringing together people and organizations that want to make a difference. The Scott County Community Foundation (“SCCF”) was incorporated on Dec. 12, 1996, and has since distributed over $11 million in scholarships and grants. SCCF currently manages assets over $8.7 million through 100 funds. These funds support youth and education, arts and historic preservation, health and human services, the environment and our community. SCCF teaches philanthropy to 96 youth, and collaborates with United Way of Scott County to provide free books to children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. SCCF is also involved in regional quality of life initiatives. You may visit www.scottcountyfoundation.org for more information.



Scott County Bicentennial Street Festival Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Concerns

Scottsburg, IN – The Scott County Visitors Commission (SCVC) and its partners, the Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce and Scottsburg Main Street, have made the difficult decision to cancel the September 4 and 5 Scott County Bicentennial Street Festival due to the coronavirus pandemic and the residual economic setback the business community has encountered as a result of this virus. Michael Chesser, executive director for the SCVC said, “The coronavirus and its impact globally has changed the landscape of large-scale events and festivals now and for the future. It has left vendor, service firm and supplier, as well as, event organizers scrambling to try and reimagine how they should begin to function or operate with new health, sanitary and safety standards being implemented by various state, county and local authorities.” “As a festival organizer we have continued to monitor the coronavirus cases in Indiana, Scott County, as well as, those in the surrounding counties and the number of new cases have continued to increase daily. This raises a tremendous amount of uncertainty and concerns regarding possible restrictions through the remainder of the year. Although Indiana has chosen to begin to reopen through Governor Eric Holcomb’s ‘Back on Track Plan,’ our responsibility remains to the residents of Scott County and our guest to keep them safe,” said Chesser. The Scott County Visitors Commission and the Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce and Scottsburg Main Street will be working together to figure out a safe way for the community to celebrate this historic occasion in the county’s history. Once a new plan is confirmed, details will be shared with the community. Scott County Visitors Commission is a tourism commission established under Indiana Code 6-9-18 and local Scott County Ordinance number 2003-4 for the purpose of marketing, promotion and advertising of destinations, hotels, conference centers, museums, points of historical reference, and restaurants located in Scott County and the municipalities of Austin and Scottsburg in Southern Indiana. The commission’s purpose is to engage in activities which are likely to bring tourists, overnight stays, and business travelers to Scott County and to make their stay here a very positive experience.



JULY 7, 2020


Food Box Program

The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program will be providing food again this coming Wednesday(7/8) & Thursday(7/9). This program is for SCOTT COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. Please bring your ID with you. Only one food box will be available per Scott County ID per address.

Wednesday 7/8 will be at The Rock on Highway 31 in Scottsburg. Thursday 7/9 will be at the Austin Elementary School on Highway 31 in Austin. Each day starting at approximately 11:45. Please understand that people have started lining up at both sites hours before the start and all boxes are first come, first serve.

Each box is *expected to contain:

🔹 1 gallon of milk
🔹 12 lbs of pre-cooked chicken nuggets
🔹 5 lbs of pre-cooked bbq pulled pork
🔹 4 lbs of pre-cooked bacon
🔹 5 lbs of onions
🔹 5 lbs of potatoes
🔹 5 lbs of oranges
🔹 3 lbs of cheese

🔺 BOXES ARE 50LBS🔺

✔️Must be a Scott County resident
✔️Must have ID
✔️First Come, First Served

*boxes may vary

#FarmerstoFamilies
 
   
TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK












TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PET OF THE WEEK SAMSON


Samson is a beautiful black cat who was recently returned after being in a home for over a year. He was returned due to policy changes from their landlord. Samson is looking for his forever home. If you would like information on Samson please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500.









TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PET OF THE WEEK DEXTER

Dexter is part of a large number of dogs that came to the Humane Society. Dexter is approximately 17 pounds and is a little timid. He loves to run and loves to be with people. Dexter is a sweet dog who would love to find his forever family. Dexter is enjoying time with his foster mom. If you would like information in Dexter of set up a meet and greet, please call the Humane Society at 812-752-7500


THEY ARE IN NEED OF FOSTERS. PLEASE CALL TO GET INFORMATION.

WWW.SISAVEAPET.COM

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176  NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG.



Traffic switches planned this week on I-65 in Jackson and Bartholomew Counties

JACKSON/BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to switch traffic on northbound and southbound I-65 this week as progress continues on the $143 million reconstruction and added travel lanes project between Seymour and Columbus. Traffic switches are planned on Wednesday and Friday nights (July 8 and 10), weather permitting. The switch Wednesday night will move northbound traffic back to the northbound side of I-65 from MM 50 to MM 56, north of Seymour. Traffic from MM 50 to MM 53.6 will have a full shoulder on the newly-constructed northbound side. Traffic from MM 53.6 to MM 56 will have a partial shoulder, as construction work continues in the area. The switch Friday night will shift southbound traffic to the newly-constructed northbound side of I-65 from MM 53.6 to MM 56, putting both directions of traffic on the northbound side of I-65. This configuration will allow for concrete paving to be completed on southbound I-65 between MM 53.6 to MM 56, in addition to permanent striping and other work on the job site. Motorists are urged to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through the entire work zone. Drivers should adhere to the 55 mph speed restriction and trucks should continue to use the left lane for travel. The project began in 2018 and is expected to be complete in mid-August. All work is weather dependent.


JULY 8, 2020 


Scott County Public Library

Do you still have items checked out on your library card? If so, please allow a 72 hour quarantine for safety before they are checked in and removed from your account. If your items have not be removed after 3 days from your account, please don't hesitate to contact us at 812-752-2751 and we will be glad to assist you.


Sheriff Goodin is Maximizing Scott Counties Readiness for Anything

Scott County-The Scott County Sheriff's Office has received numerous items from the military surplus program to include an ambulance, tents, miscellaneous tools, vehicles and two L.A.V.'s, (light armored vehicle/personnel carriers). All the items received are free from the U. S. Government. The program is open to all law enforcement across the United States and has been used by Scott County Sheriff's in the past. The most noticeable of the items received are the tents that were set up at the Health Department and in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office. Another of the most noticeable items are the light armored vehicles, (LAV). We received these LAV's approximately nine months ago and again, they were free. The only cost was the transportation of the vehicles to Scott County and the general maintenance. The L.A.V.'s are fully operational and will be used as rescue vehicles for floods, snow and icy weather, natural disasters and active shooter situations. Being used as personnel carries with the capability of carrying between eight to ten people at a time will be the most common use for the sheriff's office. We can transport our deputies to the scenes of search warrants and other fluid active scenes, eliminating the need to travel with eight or ten police cars. It is truly a multi-purpose tool. The L.A.V.'s will also be on loan to our surrounding counties on an as needed basis.
Some people may say that we do not need these types of vehicles and some will even say we are militarizing the police department. In fact, no matter what you want to call it, we are being prepared for anything that could happen, keeping our citizens and deputies safe. It even makes it better knowing it comes at no or very little cost to local taxpayers. The LAV's alone being worth more than a million dollars. It is not that the police across the United States are trying to militarize, the fact is, police have to be prepared to keep citizens and officers safe. With the current situation in the United States and across the world with rioters and terrorism, we must be prepared. Sheriff Goodin's staunch support of the second amendment makes him aware of the vast number of high powered rifles, high capacity magazines, and ease of obtaining bomb making materials such as tannerite. All of this making the job as a police officer much more difficult and dangerous. The L.A.V.'s lets us be more prepared in events we cannot control and will be used as a lifesaving tool. Sheriff Goodin has been on a mission to make the Scott County Sheriff's Office more professional. Being a professional agency means being trained, equipped and prepared. We want the citizens of Scott County to understand that no matter what happens in Scott County, we will be prepared with our training and equipment.

Sheriff Goodin stated "even though we have to Prepare for the worst, we always hope the worst never happens."



Police Seek Assistance in Locating Murder Suspect

Southern Indiana - On July 2nd, 2020, four individuals were involved in a murder in Perry, Georgia. Those four individuals fled the state, and two were soon apprehended in Alabama. On Saturday, July 3rd, the remaining two suspects were tracked to Clarksville, Indiana; however, one of those individuals has since turned herself into Georgia authorities. As part of their investigation, detectives from the Perry Police Department traveled to Indiana and, working with local authorities, are seeking assistance in locating the remaining suspect, Quintavios Dobbins. Quintavios Dobbins is a 23-year-old black male. He is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and may have a black beard. Quinavios Dobbins has a tattoo across the front side of his neck that appears to read "12.14.17" or possibly "12.74.17". His last know location was in Clarksville, Indiana, on Sunday, July 5th. A current driver's license photo has been provided to assist in his identification. If anyone knows the location of Quntavios Dobbins or believes they sight him, they should call 911 immediately and provide local authorities with the information. It is unknown if Dobbins has any weapons with him, but he should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Quntavios Dobbins has a warrant for murder issued from the Houston County Prosecutor in Georgia. Dobbins may have temporary work experience in the Evansville and Indianapolis areas but is a resident of Alabama.



County Alcohol Board hearings on July 22 at Courthouse


The Scott County Alcohol License Hearings on behalf of Dollar General Store and LeRoy’s Grocery and Deli, both in Lexington, is July 22. Each store has requested a license be issued by the local board that will allow them to sell warm beer and wine. The hearings will begin at 12 noon on July 22 in Suite 128 on the first floor of the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.




JULY 9, 2020



Scott County Community Foundation

We are disappointed to announce that our Fiesta Casino Night fundraiser has been canceled. There are many restrictions required by the Indiana Gaming Commission, and we want to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. Stay tuned for an online auction for all the items that were donated. Thank you for your continued support and understanding!


Overnight lane closures planned next week on I-65 near Columbus for bridge work
C.R. 200 S. over I-65 to close July 20 for superstructure replacement

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.— Nightly lane closures are planned next week on I-65 near Columbus as Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Milestone Contractors continues bridge work at Carr Hill Road and prepares to begin work at C.R. 200 S. Both bridges are part of a nearly-$5 million superstructure replacement contract that began earlier this year. Starting Monday night (July 13), alternating lane closures will be in place on I-65 between MM 64 and MM 68 while crews remove and transport existing barrier wall and equipment at each work site. Nightly lane closures are scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through Saturday morning, weather permitting. Crews will also begin guardrail installation on Carr Hill Road, which is expected to reopen in late July.
On or after Monday, July 20, Milestone will close C.R. 200 S. over I-65. Demolition work is planned to begin that night, resulting in intermittent stoppages on the interstate, also between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Traffic will be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time while overhead demolition work is in progress. Demolition is expected to take approximately one week. Motorists are encouraged to utilize an alternate route or allow extra travel time to avoid delays. In addition, both bridges (Carr Hill Road and C.R. 200 S.) will be closed concurrently for up to two weeks. The official detour for Carr Hill Road will remain Terrace Lake Road to Goeller Blvd. to S.R. 46. The official detour for C.R. 200 S. will follow Terrace Lake Road to Goeller Blvd. to S.R. 46 to S.R. 11. The contract completion date for both bridges is November 30, 2020. Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.


PROSECUTOR CHRIS OWENS APPOINTS AMANDA HERALD AS CHIEF DEPUTY

SCOTT COUNTY (July 1, 2020) – Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Owens is excited to announce that Amanda Herald has been appointed as his Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Mrs. Herald has been a deputy prosecutor for our office for over a decade and has shown dedication to our office and to the citizens of Scott County. Her previous experience with our office primarily focused on the prosecution of drug crimes. She will now be shifting her focus to the prosecution of crimes involving child victims and she will oversee the juvenile delinquency docket.
Amanda is a lifelong resident of Scott County. She is a graduate of Austin High School, Indiana University Southeast, and the Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law. She even lived in Scott County and commuted back and forth to Indianapolis each day during her time in law school. She still lives in Scott County with her husband, Rex, and their children.
Amanda states, “During my time with the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of great professionals while striving to protect the citizens of Scott County. I look forward to continuing my duties with the Prosecutor’s office.”
“Amanda has earned this promotion to Chief Deputy with her dedication, loyalty, and work ethic. This is a great move for our prosecution team and I am excited to continue working with her at my side to hold people accountable for criminal behaviors,” states Chris Owens. “I am looking forward to continuing the strides this community has been making within the criminal justice system.”





JULY 10, 2020






















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