Sharon Parker 

OCTOBER 19, 2020​

Three Vehicle Crash Claims Life of Scottsburg Woman

Scottsburg - October 15, 2020:   A late afternoon crash on State Road 56 claimed the life of a Scott County resident yesterday.  Around at 4:40 pm Thursday, the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Scottsburg Police Department responded to a crash at the intersection of SR 56 and Slab Road just east of Scottsburg.  After arriving on-scene, authorities requested an Indiana State Police crash reconstruction team, and Troopers Tyler Matthew, Tate Rohlfing, and Matt Holly responded.  After their preliminary investigation, officers believe a black 2014 Chevrolet Equinox was eastbound on SR56 approaching Slab Road.  The Equinox was slowing as it approached an uninvolved vehicle preparing to turn north from eastbound SR56 onto Slab Road.  A white 2000 Saturn LS1 passenger car was also eastbound on SR56, approaching the black Equinox from behind.  Investigators believe the Saturn failed to slow down or stop for the black Equinox and entered the westbound lane of SR56.  As the Saturn entered the westbound lane, a blue 2006 Toyota Highlander approached the intersection from the west.  The white Saturn and the blue Highlander collided head-on.  After the collision, the Highlander drove off the north side of SR56 and came to rest.   The white Saturn spun slightly and then struck the black Equinox.  The Saturn then came to rest in the roadway. The driver of the blue Highlander, Beth A. Senatore, 64, of Scottsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scott County Coroner. 
The driver of the white Saturn, Christian M. Williams, of Madison, Indiana, was transported by ambulance to Scott Memorial Hospital and later to the University of Louisville Hospital.  The driver of the black Equinox, Deanna Reed, of Madison, Indiana, was transported to Scott Memorial Hospital.  At this time, investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, but toxicology reports are pending.  Investigating troopers were assisted by the Scott County Sheriff's Department, The Scottsburg Police Department, The Scott County Coroner, the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, and Scott County EMS. 


Early voting will be at the Scott County Public Library located at 108 S. Main Street, Scottsburg. From October 6, 2020 to November 2, 2020 (November 2 only closes at noon) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from noon till 1 p.m. Also on two Saturdays October 24 and October 31 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Voting will be closed on October 12 for Columbus Day.

Lane closures begin TODAY on I-65 between Memphis and Seymour

CLARK/SCOTT/JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Patching work is expected to begin TODAY, Monday (Oct. 19) on I-65 between Memphis and Seymour in Clark, Scott and Jackson Counties (MM 16 to MM 49). Single-lane closures will be in place during daytime hours. Crews plan to work Monday through Thursday, and possibly weekends, weather permitting. Motorists should slow down, watch for stopped traffic and use extra caution in and near the work zone. Delays will be possible, especially during peak travel times. The contract is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.

Sellersburg Master Trooper Honored for Forty Years of Service

Sellersburg - Recently, Master Trooper Wilbur Turner was honored by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter for forty years of service to the Indiana State Police (ISP) and to the citizens of Indiana.  Prior to his appointment as a State Trooper on July 6, 1980, Wilbur Turner attended John Adams High School in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.  After high school, Turner served two years in the U.S. Marines as a truck driver assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California.  Upon graduation from the Indiana State Police Academy, Trooper Turner was stationed at the Sellersburg Post.  Although initially wanting to be stationed closer to home, Master Trooper Turner said the people, weather, and beauty of the area changed his desires.  In his 40 years working for the ISP in southern Indiana, Trooper Turner has had many duties, including working as an undercover officer.  Turner has also served as an Accident Reconstructionist, Tactical Intervention Platoon team member, and Field Training Officer.  He is currently serving as a Defensive Tactics Instructor.  Master Trooper Turner also served for ten years as a Gaming Agent when Troopers were assigned to Indiana casinos. Trooper Turner resides in Floyd County and is the proud father of three children and two step-children.  Please join us in honoring and thanking Master Trooper Turner for his years of dedicated service.  

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross Issues Call for Volunteers to Fill Urgent Disaster Response Needs

Indianapolis—The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross seeks volunteers to help address the many disaster response activities across the U.S. It has been two weeks since Hurricane Laura devastated east Texas and Louisiana, and people are still suffering. Thousands of people are still staying in emergency lodgings because they cannot return home. Historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington, where tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The Red Cross is working closely with partners to provide emergency lodgings, food, water, relief supplies and other support to individuals and families affected in the hardest hit areas. To further ramp up support for those reeling from disasters, the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has fast-tracked its Disaster Action Team (DAT) training and set up virtual delivery capabilities so new volunteers can learn basic response and recovery skills and quickly deploy to a disaster location. Before committing to training, disaster response volunteers should be willing and able to:

Accept a two-week deployment;
Live in a communal space (i.e., a shelter); and
Work 12 hours per day, 6-7 days each week.“People depend on the Red Cross in times of need, and currently the needs are great. We’re strengthening our cadre of disaster responders so it is trained and ready to go,” said Chad Priest, regional CEO of the American Red Cross—Indiana Region. “Kindness and compassion are the main job requirements for most of these roles. We can quickly teach everything else.”
To join the Red Cross mission and receive expedited training to provide essential services to those in need, go to: www.redcross.org/volunteertoday or call (888) 684-1441.

Benchmark Family Services needing Foster Parents

Benchmark Family Services is in need of loving families to become licensed foster parents. We provide all the training and support necessary. Must be 21 years of age, and able to pass background checks. Please contact me by phone or PM for additional information. (812) 418-7313

 OCTOBER 20 , 2020


Trick or Treating will be held on October 30, 2020 from 6-8pm 

please follow the guidelines set out by the Scott County Health Department

​Scott County Health Department Guidelines for Trick-or-Treating

-Limit visits to only friends and family.
-Wear masks and practice social distancing.
-Those who are high risk due to age or medical conditions should not participate.
-Sanitize frequently touched surfaces often.
-Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer between visitors.
-Visit CDC’s website to learn what activities are considered low, moderate or high risk during Halloween https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019…/daily-life-coping/holidays.html…


Mr. O’Malley is approximately 4 months old and poses like a good kitty wanting his forever home. Like all kitty’s he loves to play! Please consider stopping by the Humane Society of Scott County and visiting with Mr. O’Malley. He would love to go home with you! You might even pick him up a friend to play with. You call the the Humane Society of Scott County for adoption information at 812-752-7500.



Meet Loki. Loki is one of the sweetest dogs I have meet since I have been doing Pet of the Week. Loki is approximately 10 month old Shepard mix. Crate trained and appears to be house broken. Loki is spayed and up to date on shots. Look at the cute makings on her feet. She loves to play with other dogs and would love to have a forever home to cuddle with her new family. If you would like to schedule a meet and greet with Loki, please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500.www.sisaveapet.com


October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month 

October 1st marks the beginning of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. As we observe this month, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our youth. Below are some key findings from a recent study based on the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data. Key Findings of Substance Use Among U.S. High School Students (Grades 9-12) Though declining, substance use among public and private school students remains common - with approximately 1 in 3 students reporting current alcohol use, 1 in 5 reporting current marijuana use, and 1 in 7 reporting current binge drinking. About 7% (1 in 14) of U.S. high school students reported current prescription opioid misuse, and over 14% (1 in 7) reported misusing prescription opioids at least once in their lifetime. U.S. high school students who reported current prescription opioid misuse, also commonly reported: Current use of other substances, including marijuana and alcohol, as well as binge drinking. Using other substances at least once in their lifetime, including marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. What might DFC coalitions do with this information? These findings show how instrumental your work is in reducing substance use among youth. To help support your efforts, consider the following activities: Engage with your local stakeholders, and coalition members to share this current data about the harms of substance abuse amongst youth. 
Support youth who are currently substance users by providing them with access to local and national resources on how to stop. Additional resources related to opioids are available on this topic from the CDC. Also, please note: the DEA's  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on October 24th. 


Scottsburg, IN — The Scott County Family YMCA has kicked off its Annual Campaign, with a goal of $75,000 this year – an increase over last years goal.  To date, over $33,000 has been raised. “The annual campaign helps to sustain the YMCA so we can continue to provide a wide offering of programs for youth, families and seniors, as well as provide some of the financial assistance dollars for people of all ages and all income levels to join the YMCA and participate in our programs.  “Y memberships and programs are available on a sliding scale so all Scott County residents can participate” said YMCA board of directors chairman Greg Prince. “We increased our campaign goal because there is a greater need due to challenges caused by outside issues, especially the Covid 19 pandemic resulting in a 2-month closing and increases in operating expenses.” Member Joe Smith was one of several people who said the YMCA has changed his life for the better. He commented that exercising and staying healthy are important to his quality of life. “ I like the Y because I can visit with old friends and make new friends. The Y is just not a building, it’s based on a mutual need by everyone who comes to the Y. The Y is all about the relationships I’ve established. The Y is the place where I can get out of the house in a safe place, where you are taken care of and can bless people. It’s important for both my mental and physical health.” CEO Jon Hill, who has worked for various YMCAs for 30 years, stated “A successful campaign will help keep the YMCA running smoothly and keep its sliding-fee scale low income families intact for the next year. Hill, who became CEO in February of 2020 has seen the local Y grow from a store front operation using community facilities to the present building. “I have seen kids grow up in the Y and  I see adults working out today who were in Y programs as kids. Four generations of families have been served by the Y and this will continue for future generations. Currently, 51 percent of YMCA members and up to 65 percent of children in its programs receive assistance with their fees, he said."

OCTOBER 21, 2020


The Scottsburg City Council approved 12 grants for a total of $120,000 as part of the recently established Small Business Grant Program. This program was made possible using a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs in the amount of $250,000. The maximum grant allowed per business/location is $10,000. The City has received a number of applications and will be reviewing those applications for consideration in Round 2 the week of October 19th. If you are a business located within the City of Scottsburg and have experienced economic distress as a result of the pandemic, please turn your application in as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the application, please see the City’s Facebook page or contact Jill Saegesser, The Wheatley Group, at jill@thewheatleygrp.com or 502-396-6202.


The Scott County Health Department has seen a large increase of novel coronavirus cases in the last two weeks 84 new cases in total.  To help stop the spread the community should remember to: 

Wear a mask.  
Hash your hands  often and use sanitizer.  
If you are sick stay home and get tested. 
Keep your children home from school if they are sick. Contact their school for instructions when they can return.  
If you are sick and also waiting for your COVID-19 test result or your result is pending do not attend work, social event, school or any other time of gathering where you could infect others.  
Inform close contacts to quarantine for 14 days. 
Quarantine for the entire time that is required.

A negative test result during your quarantine does not mean you can discontinue it or be released early.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include: shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, fever, cough, diarrhea, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, fatigue, chills and loss of taste or smell.  Testing is available at the local armory Monday-Friday starting at 7am, and they do close early depending on the temperature inside the building.  A new testing site will start October 8th at the old health department building beside the hospital. Hours are Thursdays- 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 2pm and Saturdays from 8am to noon.  
Contact the Scott County Health Department with any questions at 812-752-8455.  


Virtual Scott County Alcohol Board hearing moved to October 28
The Scott County Alcohol License Hearings on behalf of Dollar General Store and LeRoy’s Grocery/Deli, both in Lexington, and CVS in Scottsburg, is October 28 virtually. 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 Wednesday, October 28 and the information regarding the virtual meeting will be forthcoming.Seeking volunteers for charitable food network locations across Indiana

Mammography Grant Continues for Scott County

Through a collaboration between Scott Memorial Health and Norton Healthcare Foundation, the long standing Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust Grant is available for the residents of Scott and surrounding counties. Since 2006, the community has received nearly $150,000 in grants to provide screening mammograms and diagnostic breast procedures. Early detection of breast cancer is key to surviving the disease. The grants provided by the Indiana Breast Cancer Trust help ensure that Hoosiers have access to these important cancer screenings. The sale of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate provides funds to award grants throughout the state. The license plate fee is $40 and the funds help provide mammogram screenings for members of the community that are struggling financially. Many people get the plate to honor a loved one that has fought breast cancer and to contribute to saving lives in the community. Since 2006, there have been 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer through the grants awarded to the community. The grant is one of the main weapons in the fight against breast cancer for community members who are not insured or are financially compromised. Women in the community who have no insurance, no wellness benefits, or a high insurance deductible are encouraged to apply. Each applicant has to be approved by the project director. Grant staff has used their years of experience to make this process fast, friendly and easy. “We know the women in our community are busy with their families and jobs, but it is important to take time to get this important cancer screening,” stated Hope White, Project Director. Anyone who is interested in applying for a mammogram through the grant can call

Brown County State Park launches auto tour

Brown County State Park has created a way for guests to experience Brown County State Park’s unique cultural and natural history from the comfort of their own vehicles. The park’s Auto Tour guides guests to five stops along the park’s south loop. Signs will be posted at each location. Guests will start at the Nature Center and journey along the main park road to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp area, the two nature preserves in Brown County State Park, the state-endangered yellowwood tree, and Kelp village. There are several vista overlooks along the drive. To access this tour, go to the Brown County State Park Website (on.IN.gov/browncountysp) and click on Photos, Video & Audio at the bottom of the page. The link includes audio for the tour as well as a map to help you navigate. In total, the tour should take about an hour, longer if you decide to get out and look around at each stop. Please adhere to park speed limits and other park signage throughout the tour. This tour can also be completed on a bicycle if you’re looking for more exercise. Brown County State Park is at 1405 S.R. 46 W., Nashville, IN 47448.

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.

OCTOBER 22, 2020

Lane closures begin Monday on I-65 between Memphis and Seymour

CLARK/SCOTT/JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Patching work is expected to begin Monday (Oct. 19) on I-65 between Memphis and Seymour in Clark, Scott and Jackson Counties (MM 16 to MM 49). Single-lane closures will be in place during daytime hours. Crews plan to work Monday through Thursday, and possibly weekends, weather permitting. Motorists should slow down, watch for stopped traffic and use extra caution in and near the work zone. Delays will be possible, especially during peak travel times. The contract is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.

Join Us for Some Spooky Fun During Clifty Falls of Fear Weekend

Celebrate Halloween with us from Oct. 23-25 during our Clifty Falls of Fear Weekend. We have many fun events planned, including a campsite decorating contest, pumpkin painting, candlelit tunnel tours, a ghost hunt trail, scavenger hunt, and more. Some events are open to the public and some are for campers only. Find more details at on.IN.gov/CliftyFalls  Please note that all fall festivals and events across DNR are being held using the state's COVID-19 guidance and precautions, including social distancing, sanitation procedures, safe food service and masks required where applicable. We have not made final decisions regarding trick-or-treating events at Indiana State Parks for the fall of 2020. If permitted, trick-or-treating will be for campers and other overnight guests only and will be in compliance with state and local guidelines. Weekend festivals and individual activities are always subject to change based on state and local guidelines. Unfortunately, we will not be having our Haunted Trail this year, but instead have replaced it with a Ghost Hunt Trail.​


Centerstone is open and our clinicians are here to help anyone who may be experiencing stress, anxiety, substance use issues, depression or another mental health condition, and we will continue to provide these services during the COVID-19 crisis. We are providing most services via telephone or telehealth (video conferencing), so the process if very easy. Locally, you may also call

1-877-HOPE 123.

OCTOBER 23, 2020

INDOT Launches Online Public Survey for State Rail PlanSurvey asks for opinions on existing rail services and future improvements

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is now accepting public comments in a new online survey to update the Indiana State Rail Plan.
The general public and rail stakeholders are encouraged to take the survey and share their opinions on today’s rail system in Indiana and what it could look like in the future.
The online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/INSRP20) takes about 15 minutes to complete. A link to the survey can also be found on the INDOT website at www.in.gov/indot. 
The state rail plan will guide INDOT’s efforts to:

Maintain and improve the rail transportation system,
Support the movement of freight and passengers in Indiana, and
Strengthen the state’s economy and raise the quality of life for its citizens.Federal law requires an update to the state’s rail plan every four years. The previous rail plan was released in 2017.
For more on the state rail plan survey, project updates and events, visit www.rail.indot.in.gov.

Do you know about THRIVE,
Scott County’s Recovery Engagement Center?

First Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg                 HOURS Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm
This ‘Resource Hub’ offers a variety of services including Treatment Referrals (inpatient/outpatient), HIV/HCV/STD testing, Care Coordination, Linkage to Medical, Mental Health, and/or MAT Care, and connecting clients to community services and recovery groups. Peer Recovery Coaches bring the lived 
experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision to assist clients in initiating and maintaining recovery, as well as helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.
Contact:  ScottCountyTHRIVE@gmail.com 

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