Sharon Parker

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WEEK OF NOV. 30 - Dec. 4


Winter Weather Advisory until 07:00AM Tuesday

FIRST ACCUMULATING SNOW OF THE SEASON EXPECTED MONDAY EVENING... .The first accumulating snow of the season is expected across portions of southern Indiana and central Kentucky Monday evening. Rain is expected to develop across the region this evening and then transition over to snow during the day on Monday. With temperatures expected to remain above freezing during the daytime hours, little accumulation is expected. However, colder conditions are expected Monday evening as snow showers are expected to remain ongoing across portions of the region. With snow falling and temperatures below freezing, light accumulations are expected in areas east of a line from Madison, IN to Albany Kentucky. This snow will lead to negative travel impacts Monday night.

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches with isolated spots of up to 3 inches possible.

* WHERE...Portions of Indiana and east central, north central and south central Kentucky.

* WHEN...From 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ Monday to 7 AM EST /6 AM CST/ Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.


Scott County Health Department

We are looking for volunteers to assist with contact tracing. We ask that you have experience in the medical field or be a student in the medical field. Hours will be during our normal business hours. Please send an email to our Administrator if you are interested: michelle.matern@scottcounty.in.gov.

U.S. 50 moves to winter configuration next week in Seymour

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Milestone Contractors plans to move U.S. 50 traffic to its winter configuration next week between Agrico Lane and U.S. 31 in Seymour. Work began in April on the $15 million pavement reconstruction contract. All traffic was moved to the westbound side of U.S. 50 in August. Shifting traffic to this pattern will allow the Indiana Department of Transportation to safely and effectively perform snow and ice removal duties during the winter months.

Tuesday, December 1 - U.S. 50 EB
On Tuesday, U.S. 50 EB traffic will move back to the eastbound side of U.S. 50 and the two cloverleaf ramps on the south side of the roadway will reopen to traffic (I-65 SB to U.S. 50 EB and U.S. 50 EB to I-65 NB).

[U.S. 50 EB 12-1-20]

Wednesday, December 2 - U.S. 50 WB
On Wednesday, westbound U.S. 50 will move to its winter configuration. From Agrico Lane to Sandy Creek Drive, traffic will be split between existing barrier wall. One lane will travel west on U.S. 50 to the right of the barrier wall (the original outside lane) with access to the full shoulder. This lane will provide access to businesses on the north side of U.S. 50, with exits to U.S. 50 WB only. The second lane will travel west on U.S. 50 to the left of the barrier wall. From Sandy Creek Drive to U.S. 31, westbound traffic will move back to its original pattern.

All ramps to and from I-65 are scheduled to open by end of the day on Wednesday. Temporary signals will also be removed for winter. Turn lanes will be available along U.S. 50 at the following locations: Myers Street, Starbucks/Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Sandy Creek Drive, Steven's Way and U.S. 31.

Scott Memorial Health is  sharing a COVID-19 Update.

Effective November 20, 2020:
We have once again UPDATED our visitation policy to protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

We are currently implementing a ZERO visitor policy.

Compassionate care situations will be considered.
All visitors must successfully complete a health screening before being allowed access to patient areas.

More details: scottmemorial.com/coronavirus-covid-19-preparedness-informa…

Thank you for your understanding as we all work together for the health of our community.


The congregation of Bethel Baptist Church of Leota will transform the Leota Crossroads at the Covered Bridge into Bethlehem on Saturday evening, December 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  This will be a drive-thru where visitors can see live animals, a marketplace, the townspeople of Bethlehem, shepherds tending their flock, the inn and stable with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  
This has become an opportunity for the community to get involved.  Hundreds of empty milk jugs have been donated and have been turned into luminaries that will line the roads leading to the crossroads. Additional costumes have been contributed by the Little York Christian Church and local farm animals will take the stage.  There is no charge to drive thru this re-enactment, however, those attending are asked to please bring canned goods to fill a hay wagon. These items will be donated to the Scott County Clearinghouse and to the Edna Martin Christian Center. 
Load up your cars with your family and donations and head to Leota on 12/12 from 6-9 pm.

 Scholarships Available for Civil Engineering Students

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year must be submitted by December 31, 2020. INDOT’s scholarship program uses federal funds to offer $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of Southern Indiana, Trine University, Purdue University Northwest, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University. Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program the application process at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Thursday, December 31, 2020 Students or parents with questions may contact Talent Development Manager Adam Beasley at ABeasley2@indot.in.gov or 317-234-7930.



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



The City of Austin will begin LEAF PICKUPS the week of November 16, 2020 and will run Monday through Friday of each week until December 18, 2020. 

*Please make certain leaves are alongside your ditch lines and NOT DIRECTLY IN your ditch lines.


There will be NO LIMB PICKUPS during this time but will resume on 
Thursday, January 7, 2021.


















Coal is a former Pet of the Week and is still available. Coal is such a pretty black kitty and loves to play with his toys. Coal's life was saved by one of the Humane Society's Volunteers. He was seen laying in the road believed to be dead. Luck for Coal he moved at the right moment and was saved by the volunteer. He had an eye issue when found and it looked as if he was blind in the one eye. That has all cleared up and he is so ready for his forever home. If you would like to visit with Coal and his furry brothers and sisters, stop by or call he Humane Society located at 1075 North Gardner Street in Scottsburg at 812-752-7500.














Meet Jenny. Jenny is a Hound Mix 1 to 2 years old , timid. Would do good with an older family or a quiet family. Jenny may have been abused in the past, but is so sweet. She sticks to her Foster mom like velcro. Jenny would be a very faithful dog and look at those eyes! She is such a sweet soul. Her foster mom said she stayed right with her as she was doing yard work and using noisy tools and Jenny was not bothered. What a great companion she would be. If you would like to set up a meet and greet with Jenny call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500



Scott County OUTREACH

The Scott County OutReach is providing shelter for those in need if the temperature falls to 32 degrees or colder. Contact Troy at 812-414-8783 between 6am - 7pm to make arrangements. Shelter is provided between 7pm - 7am and transportation is provided.




Scott County School District 1

As you know, Covid-19 cases have continued to increase throughout the county. Staffing is a concern within our district. It is with this in mind, Scott County School District 1 has made the decision to transition to virtual instruction effective Tuesday, December 1st through December 11. We hope to return to school December 14th for in-person instruction.

We will provide lunch & breakfast each day from 11:30 - 12:30 at the following locations: AHS Parking Lot, Jayce Ray Stallings Center, Austin Fire Department, Spicertown (each end of York Rd.).

Student curriculum information will be provided through google classroom. Any student needing assistance or any additional information please call your school's main office.


The Senior Mobile Pantry is scheduled for Thursday December 3, 2020. They will begin giving out food at 9am and continue until noon or the food supply is depleted. This is for Scott County residents age 55 and over. It will be held at the Rock on Hwy 31 just south of Scottsburg High School.

Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride urge Americans to give comfort through blood donation 

Suburban Propane is supporting the effort by offering blood donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane for those who give now through Dec. 15 The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to remind people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospital patients through the gift of blood donation. Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday celebrations. The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country now to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood. As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply – including convalescent plasma. A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors because antibodies to the disease in their blood may help patients who are currently fighting the virus. Increased hospitalization of patients with coronavirus this fall and winter has caused the Red Cross to distribute a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals treating patients who are battling the virus.  This holiday season, Martina McBride is reaching out to country music fans and all eligible individuals, “If nobody has ever asked you to give blood before, I’m asking you to give blood – especially during this trying time.”   As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations from now through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering blood, platelet and plasma donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a lucky winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.*  “Through our SuburbanCares initiative, giving back to our local communities is a top priority, and what better way to do that than to donate blood. Suburban is delighted to sponsor a Propane Experience Giveaway to help motivate more people to give the gift of life this holiday season,” said Nandini Sankara, spokesperson for Suburban Propane. Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). “Giving comfort to patients by providing lifesaving blood products is fundamental to the Red Cross mission. However, it’s not possible without the support of generous blood donors and dedicated partners, like Martina McBride and Suburban Propane,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president at the Red Cross. “While we have certainly experienced unparalleled hardships this year, we have also witnessed great acts of kindness – like COVID-19 survivors rolling up their sleeves to share their antibodies with patients battling the illness. Donating blood, plasma or platelets is an act of kindness that truly makes a lifesaving difference.”




Four-day closure of Utica Sellersburg Road begins Monday in Jeffersonville

CLARK COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor MAC Construction plans to close Utica Sellersburg Road between Maplehurst Drive and Brown Forman Road in Clark County on Monday, Nov. 30, weather permitting.
Under the closure, crews will install pipes as construction continues on the most recent segment of the Heavy Haul Transportation Corridor that began last fall. Utica Sellersburg Road is expected to reopen the morning of Dec. 4. The new $14.5 million, two-lane roadway is designed to heavy haul standards to withstand vehicle weights up to 134,000 pounds and will provide a continuous route for heavy haul vehicles between River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana at Jeffersonville once complete.

 Annual Holiday Silent Auction at Scott County Museum Nov. 17 - Dec. 12

Staff and volunteers at the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum, 1050 South Main Street in Scottsburg, are offering the annual Holiday Silent Auction of goodies, decorations, gift baskets and more from Tuesday, November 17, through Saturday, December 12. Theme baskets are being emphasized this year, and museum supporters are being encouraged to use their imaginations and provide baskets which offer the winners movie nights, favorite novels, lotions, puzzles, wine, Christmas sweets, holiday linens and more. The event is a fund-raiser for the local Museum, a non-profit entity which has been severely affected in its fund-raising by COVID-19. Dollars provided by auction winners will benefit the building’s operating fund.  Visit the Museum starting November 17 and browse through the Silent Auction collection. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Call staff at 812-752-1050 to donate items or make a monetary donation to support the building and it goal of keeping Scott County’s past alive for future generations. Face masks and social distancing while visiting the Museum will be requested.



The Scott County Health Department has seen a large increase of novel coronavirus cases .  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.  



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.








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.






WMPI Program Director John Ross recently received a check for $250 from Scottsburg Lions Club member John Carter.

The grant was awarded from the Scottsburg Lions Club/D.Q. Reid Memorial Fund at the Scott County Community Foundation and will be used to support We Care. The We Care auction had to be canceled this year due to COVID-19, so monetary donations are greatly needed to provide winter jackets and clothing for children in Scott County. We Care typically raises at least $55,000 during the auction each year. Donations can be mailed to We Care at PO Box 270; Scottsburg, IN 47170, by stopping at WMPI radio station or online at i1053online.com.

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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