​​​​​​MONDAY JUNE 19, 2017

AG Hill warns consumers of deceptive promotions pertaining to Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers not to fall for deceptive promotions implying that individual Indiana citizens may receive payments under the terms of the Tobacco Master Settlement. In fact, the Indiana legislature directs the use of those settlement funds for state agencies -- and none of the money goes to individual payments. Specifically, Hoosiers should beware a pitch inviting them to sign up for such payments through Money Map Press. This online promotion attempts to entice Hoosiers by indicating they could be eligible to receive cash under terms of the settlement. In reality, once consumers agree to pay for more information, the sponsors of the promotion simply provide them information about tobacco revenue bonds. The website asks for consumers’ billing and payment information to subscribe to a monthly report in order to gain more information. After consumers enter their information, they are billed $5 for the first month of the subscription and then an additional $99 as a yearly subscription fee.
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) encourages individuals to avoid signing up for this subscription -- which may prove difficult to cancel once the subscriber has entered his or her billing information. As always, the CPD reminds Hoosiers to make sure the websites they are using are legitimate and credible sites. Residents should be especially wary whenever prompted to sign up for any sort of subscriber list that may request personal and sensitive information. Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed. You can reach the CPD by visitingIndianaConsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.

Preliminary ISTEP

The preliminary ISTEP+ results are now available in PANext for corporations and schools. The Parent Portal opens Monday, June 19 with Spring 2017 student score information. The Spring 2017 ISTEP+ Rescore window opens June 19, 2017 and will be available through July 7, 2017.

City of Austin's annual fireworks display

City of Austin's annual fireworks display will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 behind the Austin High / Middle School. Food booths will be available and musical entertainment will begin at 6:00pm. Fireworks will begin at dark and parking will be available on the east side and the front of the school. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs for your comfort. City of Austin's annual fireworks display will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 behind the Austin High / Middle School. Food booths will be available and musical entertainment will begin at 6:00pm. Fireworks will begin at dark and parking will be available on the east side and the front of the school. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs for your comfort.

TUESDAY JUNE 20, 2017 

City of Austin's annual fireworks display will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 behind the Austin High / Middle School. Food booths will be available and musical entertainment will begin at 6:00pm. Fireworks will begin at dark and parking will be available on the east side and the front of the school. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs for your comfort. Austin Fireworks

Conquer Your Fear of Snakes, Spring Mill State Park

Start Date:  6/21/2017        Start Time:  2:00 PM

End Date:  6/21/2017         End Time:  2:45 PM

Event Description:
Calling all people that are uncomfortable with snakes! Learn how snakes are beneficial to humans and have an opportunity to get up close and personal if you choose. Meet at the Lakeview Activity Center. 

Location Information:
Spring Mill State Park  (View Map)
3333 State Road 60 East 
Mitchell, IN 47446
Phone: (812) 849-3534

Contact Information:
Name: Wyatt Williams
Phone: (812)849-3534
Email: wwilliams1@dnr.in.gov


A Wheel Fell Off a Moving Vehicle and Struck Another Vehicle, Fatally Injuring a Northern Indiana Woman

Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash as a result of a wheel separating from a pickup truck and striking a vehicle traveling the opposite direction. Just after 10:00 Monday morning, June 19th, emergency crews responded to a series crash on I-465 southbound just south of I-74 on the east side. Upon arrival first responders found 43 year old Crystal Emerick of Angola Indiana unconscious in the driver's seat of a silver Chevrolet Equinox. A passenger in that vehicle was also injured, however she was conscious and alert, three back seat passengers were not injured. Ms. Emerick was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in very serious condition, she later died as a result of her injuries. Preliminary investigation determined a Dodge Ram driven Chad Hockett, age 27 of Indianapolis, was northbound on I-465 near the 49.9 mile marker when the rear left wheel fell off  the vehicle. That wheel bounced over the median and struck the windshield of the southbound Equinox. Mr. Hockett remained at the scene and fully cooperated with investigators, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash. Investigators are working to find the cause of the wheel separating from the truck. This is an ongoing investigation with no further information to release. 


Scott County Partnership Serves Austin Through the Summer Feeding Program 

This summer the Scott County Partnership and SCSD 1 are partnering with the Department of Education and the USDA to provide FREE healthy lunches to SCSD 1 students ages 18 and under while on summer break. Lunches are served at Spicertown Park in the Hickory Creek Trailer Park from 11:50 am to 12:20 pm. Lunches are served at the Austin Community Park from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. every week day from now until July 28, with no lunch on July 4. Please help get the word out, as we hope youth will come out every day at both sites to EAT THIS DELICIOUS FOOD! For more information, contact Tori Rone at tori.rone@scottcountypartnership.org or call 812-595-5198. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Hummus recall

House of Thaller, a Knoxville Tennessee company, is voluntarily recalling selected 10 ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping, because an ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. These products were distributed nationwide through various grocery retailers from April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017, and in Canada on April 20, 2017. To date, no illnesses have been reported in relation to this product or recall. To check your product for this recall, refer to the lot code printed on the top of the cup. The lot code will begin with a “USE BY” date followed by the letter “W” and a 7 digit code. This is the information to reference when checking your product against the recall list.

Fresh Foods Market Artisan Hummus - Pine Nuts


USE BY 23 JUN 2017A W1704176
USE BY 07 JUL 2017A W1704383
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705037
USE BY 20 JUL 2017A W1705122
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705296
USE BY 17 AUG 2017A W1706102

Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping


USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704129
USE BY 20 JUN 2017A W1704138
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704161
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704164
USE BY 22 JUN 2017A W1704165
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704253
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704254
USE BY 29 JUN 2017A W1704257
USE BY 30 JUN 2017A W1704274
USE BY 30 JUN 2017A W1704275
USE BY 04 JUL 2017A W1704346
USE BY 06 JUL 2017A W1704365
USE BY 06 JUL 2017A W1704366
USE BY 12 JUL 2017A W1704403
USE BY 12 JUL 2017A W1705004
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705041
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705044
USE BY 15 JUL 2017A W1705045
USE BY 18 JUL 2017A W1705088
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705175
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705176
USE BY 24 JUL 2017A W1705177
USE BY 26 JUL 2017A W1705199
USE BY 26 JUL 2017A W1705200
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705201
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705203
USE BY 27 JUL 2017A W1705207
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705306
USE BY 02 AUG 2017A W1705307
USE BY 03 AUG 2017A W1705315
USE BY 03 AUG 2017A W1705316
USE BY 05 AUG 2017A W1705335
USE BY 05 AUG 2017A W1705336
USE BY 09 AUG 2017A W1705390
USE BY 10 AUG 2017A W1705401
USE BY 10 AUG 2017A W1705402
USE BY 15 AUG 2017A W1706065

Marketside Classic Hummus with Pine Nuts


USE BY 28 JUN 2017A W1704145
USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704066
USE BY 19 JUN 2017A W1704065

The products come in 10 ounce, clear, round plastic cups with a clear or colored plastic lid: Fresh Foods Market Artisan Hummus, Pine Nuts – clear lid edge Lantana White Bean Hummus with Pine Nut & Herb Topping – white or beige striped lid edge
Marketside Classic Hummus with Pine Nuts – solid black lid edge In June, we were notified by HVF, Inc., an ingredient supplier, of a recall involving Roasted Pine Nuts. HVF, Inc. supplied the Roasted Pine Nuts used to create the Topping/Garnish for selected varieties of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping. Routine sampling of a different item produced by the supplier for a different company revealed positive Listeria Monocytogenes findings. HVF, Inc. is recalling all products made in their facility during the time of the potential contamination. No other brands or flavor varieties produced at our manufacturing plant are affected by this recall. We are dedicated to our customer satisfaction and will be refilling store shelves as quickly as possible. Customers who have purchased any of the products described above should not consume them and contact: House of Thaller Customer Service Center, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST at 855-215-5142 

Gov. Holcomb Announces Low-Interest Disaster Loans for Dubois and Surrounding Counties

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced the availability of low-interest disaster loans for Dubois and the surrounding counties following spring flooding in southern Indiana. Dubois County qualified for the low-interest disaster loans and as a result, the contiguous counties of Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Spencer and Warrick are also eligible. “These low-interest loans are designed to support the counties affected by severe weather this spring,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s my hope that area citizens and businesses recover fully and as quickly as possible.” The loans are available to residents, businesses and non-profit organizations through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Loan Amounts – Businesses and Organizations Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. These loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. Loan Amounts – Citizens Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. How to Apply,  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Deadlines to Apply The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is August 14, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 14, 2018. For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, Visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.



“Can you hear me?.”

The Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General continues to receive complaints about phone calls from unknown numbers in which the caller asks, “Can you hear me?.” The calls come from scammers attempting to get the recipient to simply say “yes.” Since Feb. 6, the CPD has received 50 complaints about these phone calls. The scam is an effort to confirm working phone numbers answered by live persons. Numbers answered by humans are then targeted at later dates and added to lists of phone numbers resold to other scammers. In recent weeks, authorities have become concerned that scammers might use recorded “yes” answers fraudulently – claiming they are verifications or agreements that can be used as a premise for billing people for goods or services they did not actually order. Thus far, the CPD does not have any reports of persons being scammed out of money as a direct result of these calls. The scam has become so prevalent that the CPD twice this week received this identical “Can you hear me?” phone call. The CPD and Attorney General Curtis Hill are reminding all Hoosiers: If you don’t know the number, don’t answer the phone. However, in the event you answer a phone call from an unknown number and the caller asks, “Can you hear me?,” then simply hang up immediately. Additionally, consumers who receive these calls should report them to our office at 1-800-382-5516. Make a note of the number from which you were called and report it to our office. When we receive reports of scam phone calls, we add the reported numbers to a blacklist database. If you have fallen victim to this -- or any other scam phone calls -- and you feel your personal identity or sensitive information has been compromised, you can also fill out an Identity Theft Complaint Form. For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Clifty Falls State Park

Take a trip through a 600 foot long tunnel that was to be Indiana's first railroad system.  Learn about the history and geology of the tunnel while you explore in hopes of discovering it's wildflife!  
Meet at Oak Grove shelter with a flashlight and proper hiking footwear!

Limestone Weekend, Spring Mill State Park  Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lawrence County is the limestone capitol of the world! Take a moment to learn and celebrate.

10 am: Limestone Tour of the Village - Learn how this bedrock shaped our history on this short hike. Meet Wyatt at the Weaver's Cabin.
11 am: Rubble Spring Hike - Discover one of our "secret" caves! Meet Molly at the Lakeview Activity Center and be ready for a bit of off-trail hiking.
2 pm: Cave River Valley Carpool - Have you found this hidden gem? Carpool 15 minutes away to the other property we manage. It's full of limestone, caves, and history! Meet in the Donaldson Shelter Parking Lot.


Five People Injured in Three Vehicle Crash

West Harrison-This morning, at approximately 8:40 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a three vehicle crash on US 52 near I-74 which sent five people to Cincinnati area hospitals. The initial investigation by Trooper Chris Clark determined that a 2013 Subaru Forester being driven by Barbara A. Frech, age 72, Sunman, Indiana had just exited westbound I-74 and came to a stop at the intersection with US 52.  Frech failed to yield to a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan being driven by John C. Renck, age 72, West Harrison, Indiana that was traveling eastbound on US 52.  Frech’s vehicle collided with Renck’s vehicle in the intersection.  The force of the collision caused Renck’s vehicle to collide with a westbound 2005 Peterbilt tractor trailer being driven by David A. Suddarth, age 69, Winchester, Indiana.  Suddarth’s vehicle was stationary on US 52 while waiting to make a left turn onto I-74.
Frech and Suddarth were uninjured in the collision.  Renck and a front seat passenger in his vehicle, Judy Renck, age 67, West Harrison, IN were both transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital with complaints of pain.  Three additional passengers in Renck’s vehicle Jud Renck, age 10, Walter Renck, age 12, and Jackson Renck, age 12 all suffered from complaints of pain and were transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for treatment.  The condition of the injured is unknown at this time.  Injuries are not believed to be life threatening.


FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017

Maintenance & Repairs Contracted For Sherman Minton Bridge  

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to make repairs to the approach of the Sherman Minton bridge which spans the Ohio River between New Albany, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. Contracted engineering crews should be onsite within two weeks.  Single- or double-lane traffic restrictions are scheduled to begin June 26 and continue periodically throughout the summer as work progresses. These lane restrictions will follow those allowed by the maintenance acceptation to Indiana’s congestion policy and will fall outside of high-traffic periods. Maintenance and repair operations at the Interstate 64 bridge are in response to recent inspection findings.   Wiss Janney Elstner Associates is the recently named contractor for this $973,000 bridge repair project.  In addition to repairs, the contractor has been charged with removing an overhead sign along I-64 westbound lanes at the Indiana approach. 


More Indiana families may be eligible for nutrition benefits through the Indiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program under revised federal poverty guidelines that recently took effect. Indiana WIC is a supplemental nutrition program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by the Indiana State Department of Health. It provides healthy foods, breastfeeding support and nutrition education to pregnant women, postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers and children up to the age of 5 who are at health or nutritional risk and meet income guidelines. Indiana WIC helps provide healthy food to more than 143,000 eligible Hoosiers each month.  “WIC provides expectant mothers, infants and young children education and resources to develop healthy eating habits early in life,” said Indiana WIC Director Eldon Whetstone.  “We have implemented changes to our food package allowing clients more choices in the foods they purchase. We also are pursuing greater use of technology to improve the WIC experience.”  Income guidelines are based on gross pay and household size. A pregnant woman counts as two household members. Under the revised guidelines, a family of two making $30,044 a year can qualify for WIC benefits, while a family of four making $45,510 a year is eligible. Individuals with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for WIC. Families who receive Medicaid or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) benefits already meet the income requirements. Families who do not qualify for these programs may be eligible for WIC because of its higher income limits. For a full list of guidelines by family size, visit http://www.in.gov/isdh/19695.htm. Using WIC benefits is easy and convenient. All Indiana WIC participants now use an EBT card that allows them to purchase authorized foods anytime during their 30-day benefit cycle. For more information about Indiana WIC or to find a clinic, visit www.wic.in.gov or call (800) 522-0874. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.govfor important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.  


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