JANUARY 20, 2019

Scott County Bicentennial Events List

February 1
Scott County Kick Off Celebration
11:00 AM on the Scott County Courthouse Lawn - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

March 13
History Dinner - Scott County Memories
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

April 24
History Dinner - Scott County History
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

June 19 - 20
142nd Annual Lexington Old Settlers Days
Lexington Park, Lexington IN

June 19
History Dinner - Life at the SC Poor Farm
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

June 21 - 27
Scott County 4H Fair
Fairgrounds located at South US Highway 31 Scottsburg, IN

July 3
City of Austin’s 4th of July Fireworks Display
Austin H.S. 401 South Highway 31 Austin, IN

August 21 - 22
Leota Country Frolic
Downtown Leota, IN

August 21
History Dinner - Morgan Foods POW/Hispanic Camp
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

September 4 - 5
Scott County Bicentennial Street Festival
Scott County Courthouse Square - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

September 11 - 12
Scott County Quilt Festival
Scott County Heritage Center & Museum
1050 S Main Street Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 – 1050

September 25 - 26
Austin’s Fireman’s Festival
Downtown – 90 West Morgan Street Austin, IN

September 25 - 26
Raptor Days at Hardy Lake
Hardy Lake 4171 East Harrod Road Scottsburg, IN

October 31
Scottsburg Haunted Downtown & Trunk -or- Treat
Downtown Square - 1 E McClain Scottsburg, IN

November 14
Taste of the Vine
Advanced Tickets Required
Scott County Knights of Columbus
1460 N Gardner St, Scottsburg, IN (812) 752 - 5632

November 28
Scottsburg Christmas Light Parade
2 East McClain Avenue Scottsburg, IN

December 5
Austin Christmas Town Lighting & Parade
1:00 PM - Downtown Austin
90 West Morgan Street Austin, IN

We will continue to add programs and events as they are confirmed. We are very excited to Celebrate Scott County and its 200 Years of History!

Dates are subject to change. Each event will have a Bicentennial component incorporated into their programming.

Scott County 4-H Shooting Sports Club to begin in February

The Scott County 4-H program is gearing up for another fun year and one of their activities is the Shooting Sports Club.  The Shooting Sports program strives to enable young people, their parents and adult volunteers to become responsible, self-directed, and productive members of society.  Some goals of the program are to promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior including sound decision making, to enhance the development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activity and to encourage participation in natural resources and related natural science programs be exposing participants to the content through shooting, hunting and related activities.  The clubs first meeting is scheduled for February 16th at the Scott County Conservation Club from 1-3.  To participate in the club activity you must be a paid 4-H member before Friday, February 14th.  The cost to join 4-H is $15, and you can enroll online at in.4honline.com.  You can also enroll in the Extension Office, in the basement of the courthouse from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.  All equipment is provided for youth members but they are responsible for their own hearing and eye protection and dressing for the weather. Scott County 4-H is always in need of adult volunteers too.  If you have an interest in becoming an adult volunteer for the shooting sports project you can give them a call at 812-752-8450 or send an email to 4-H Youth Development Educator, Megan Voyles, at mvoyles@purdue.edu.   The Indiana 4-H mission is to provide real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.  There are many other activities available through the 4-H program.  4-H benefits youth’s self-motivation, leadership, communication, character, social skills, self-esteem, problem solving, resiliency, stress management, and so much more.


 There will be no TTAL in December. The next TTAL day will be Wednesday, January 22 from 11-3. “Talk to a Lawyer” Day is sponsored by the Scott County Circuit and Superior Courts and Southern Indiana Pro Bono Referrals. An attorney will once again be available to assist unrepresented persons in matters such as paternity, divorce, custody, parenting time, guardianships, consumer and credit defense, landlord/tenant issues, and wills and estates. This attorney will be able to offer limited legal advice, to assist in referring to, filling out, and filing the proper forms, and to help prepare parties to represent themselves at hearing. This attorney is not available for assistance in criminal matters, and the service is reserved for individuals who cannot afford a private attorney. To talk to a lawyer, no appointment is necessary.
Text message reminders for scheduled court appearances are now available.  Any defendant wanting to enroll in text message reminders merely needs to provide his or her cell phone number to the court.  I have attached a copy of the form we are using, which can be printed or which is available from the Court. Currently reminders are in criminal cases only and are only available for the named defendant.  In other counties, this service has greatly reduced failures to appear.  We hope to see the same difference in Scott County. The docket of any criminal case, including scheduled hearing dates, can be viewed by ANYONE by visiting this website:  Mycase.in.gov

JANUARY 21, 2019

LUNA                                                     MAYBELL



Meet Tess. Tess is an adorable Tortie. She is 4 months old and will be getting spayed and up to date on her shots. She loves to play and gets along great with other cats. Stop by the Humane Society of Scott County and visit with Tess. PLEASE SHARE AND HELP TESS FIND HER FOREVER HOME. OUR LAST PETS WERE ADOPTED THANKS TO YOUR HELP! For adoption information on Tess Call the Scott County Humane Society at 812-752-7500.


Meet Dusty. Dusty is a Beagle mix approximately 4-5 years old. Dusty weights approximately 30 pounds. She is very sweet and like most Beagles, keeps her nose to the ground. Dusty is getting spayed and up to date on her shots. She will be available for adoption on Thursday. Please consider Dusty as your new family member. OUR LAST PETS HAVE ALL BEEN ADOPTED, PLEASE SHARE TO HELP DUSTY FIND HER NEW FAMILY. You can call the Humane Society of Scott County for adoption information. 812-752-7500




Mother Arrested after leaving Children Unattended in Car

 New Albany - A Jeffersonville woman was arrested on Sunday evening for Neglect of a Dependent after leaving her ten-year-old and five-year-old children alone in a car while shopping at an area Wal-Mart.  On January 19, 2020, around 8:37 pm, Trooper Justin Geltmaker responded to the Wal-Mart on Grant Line Road in New Albany after a concerned citizen reported two young children left unattended in a parked car.   When Trooper Geltmaker arrived, he was flagged down and alerted to the vehicle, a red, Chevrolet Malibu, which was not running.  Trooper Geltmaker advised the temperature was near 37 degrees at the time, and the local weather service advised a "real feel" of 28 degrees.  Based on information gathered in his investigation, Trooper Geltmaker believed the children were left unattended for a minimum of 15 minutes before the police were notified.   When Geltmaker approached the vehicle he could see two small children in the back seat, one of which was still secured in a car seat.  Trooper Geltmaker said he spoke with the children who advised their mother, Nashunda S. Greene, 40, Jeffersonville, IN, was inside the store shopping.  An assisting New Albany Police Officer then went into the store to have the mother paged.  Greene was taken into custody when she arrived back at the vehicle.  The children were turned over to the custody of their father at the conclusion of the investigation.  Trooper Geltmaker was assisted by the New Albany Police Department and Trooper Jared Ferguson. 


The Early Childhood Committee of the Scott County Community Foundation and United Way of Scott County invites all early childhood providers and educators to attend a roundtable session on “Downloading Calm in a World of Chaos.” The event will feature guest speaker Amanda Taylor, Family Engagement Specialist with 4C of Southern Indiana (the child care resource and referral agency for 28 counties in southern Indiana). In this training you will learn additional strategies to help support social emotional regulation: these new skill sets and knowledge will help you as an individual and will help you model these skill sets  in a professional setting or at home with your family. Downloading Calm in a World of Chaos provides easy to use strategies that can be used and implemented anywhere, helping you get through life’s many twists and turns.  This session will be held Thursday, January 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center. Refreshments will be served, and the session is free.  Amanda’s passion and primary focus is empowering and supporting families, having spent the last ten years serving children in a variety of capacities within the early childhood field (EHS Home Visitor, Family Engagement Specialist, Behavior interventionist, Counselor, Crisis De-escalator, and Student Support Facilitator for a school district) as she moved around the country (IN, TX, MT, IL, CA, NM, etc.) with her military husband. She has her master’s degree from Ball State University in education and was born and raised in southern Indiana.   The early childhood provider roundtables give educators the opportunity to learn and network with others. Registration for this event can be made by calling 812-752-2057 or emailing info@scottcountyfoundation.org.

Trivial Pursuit Night Brings Out Competitor in All of Us

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.— In our wonderful community, there are several events that you won’t want to miss each year, and this is definitely one of them! The Scott County Partnership is hosting their Annual “Trivial Pursuit Night Fundraiser” on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Road South in Scottsburg, Indiana. The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you register on or before January 18, 2020, the cost is $175 per team of 8 or $30 per person. Registrations after January 18, 2020 are $200 per team of 8 or $35 per person. Teams may not have more than 8 members. Spectators are welcome to come and watch for a $5 admission. The event will be geared more toward adults. To register your team or yourself, please call the Partnership at 812-752-6365 or email michelle.shelton@scottcountypartnership.org First prize for the highest trivia competition score is $300. Additional prizes will be awarded for best taste of food, best presentation of food, best overall theme, and lowest score in the trivia competition. “I love this fundraiser,” says LeAnn Walker, Prevention Resource Coordinator for the SCP, “It is a fun night for people to come out and relax, and pit their knowledge of trivia against their friends. It is always a great time and people come up with the most creative table themes.” Along with the Trivial Pursuit activities, there will also be auction items to bid on throughout the evening and a Cash bar to purchase your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Individuals are welcome to donate or acquire auction items suitable for an auction for this event. If you have items available for auction or would like to be a corporate sponsor, please call 812-752-6365 and speak with Michelle Shelton. Jene Bridgewater, Executive Director of the Scott County Partnership, says this is one of our favorite fundraisers. “It helps support so many great programs that benefit Scott County.” Proceeds from this event enable the Scott County Partnership to impact Scott County through the Scott County Clearinghouse, Conquer the CHAOS, Scott County Attendance Review Board, Career Clusters, LifeSkills, Reality Stores, Youth/Education Committee, Family, Health, & Self-Sufficiency Committee, Workforce Development, and other new initiatives that arise within the community.

JANUARY 15, 2019

Wildlife Sounds of the Night Presentation to be given at Ivy Tech in Madison.

Have you ever wondered about the weird or eerie sounds you sometimes hear during the evening? Many species of wildlife, including birds, mammals, frogs and toads, and insects are active during the night. On Monday, February 3rd, the Big Oaks Conservation Society will hold a meeting at Ivy Tech in Madison, Indiana starting at 6:30PM.  Rob Chapman, Park Ranger at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), will present Wildlife Sounds of the Night, which should help you feel at ease about being out at night as he describes the many strange and fascinating sounds you may encounter. The public is invited to attend this free presentation.
Rob Chapman has worked as a wildlife biologist throughout the eastern United States throughout his 23-year career. He has worked in the swamps and coastal areas of eastern North Carolina, the prairies of Oklahoma, the rugged hills of the Missouri Ozarks, and the forest and agricultural landscapes of Indiana.  He has a BS in Wildlife Science from Purdue University and an MS in Prairie Ecology from Oklahoma State University. Rob enjoys many outdoor activities, from hunting and fishing to running, backpacking, and backcountry canoeing. A native of Indiana, Rob is very familiar with the natural history of plants and wildlife found in his home state and abroad.   The Big Oaks Conservation Society is the non-profit support group of the Big Oaks NWR.  Society members work closely with refuge staff to enhance public awareness, use, and appreciation for the natural and cultural assets unique to Big Oaks NWR.  Meetings are held the first Monday of selected months at 6:30 p.m.  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 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.
 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 more than 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

Laurel Man Arrested Following Standoff with Police

Yesterday, January 13, 2020, a Laurel, Indiana man was arrested on numerous charges following a nearly six hour standoff with law enforcement in Franklin County.  The incident began at approximately 11:30 am when troopers with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post All Crimes Policing Team went to 139 Commerce Drive in Laurel, Indiana to serve arrest warrants on Jonathan C. Bingham, age 34, who lived at the residence.  Bingham was wanted on a parole warrant as well as an additional warrant out of Ripley County, Indiana. When the troopers arrived on scene, Bingham attempted to flee out the back door of the residence.  Upon exiting the house, he saw a trooper and ran back inside.  Bingham stayed inside the residence for nearly six hours and refused to surrender.  He told the troopers at the scene that he was going to shoot them. The Indiana State Police SWAT Team and negotiators responded to assist.  At approximately 5:30 pm, Bingham exited the residence and surrendered.  During a search of the residence, troopers located suspected methamphetamine, syringes, and drug paraphernalia.  Bingham was arrested on the warrants along with additional charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Intimidation, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringes, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana for evaluation before being incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail.  Bingham will also be facing the new charges in Franklin County. The investigation is ongoing.

JANUARY 16, 2019

Investigation Leads to Arrests for Dealing Methamphetamine

Clark County - January 14, 2020. Troopers from the All Crimes Policing (ACP) Squad in Sellersburg arrested an Otisco couple on multiple charges after a search uncovered suspected methamphetamine and a stolen rifle.   Trooper Andrew Taylor and other Troopers from the Sellersburg ACP squad received information on possible drug activity at 14602 Gum Corner Road in Otisco, Indiana. Troopers conducted an investigation which resulted in Trooper Taylor requesting a search warrant for the residence located on that property. The subsequent search located over 6 ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a rifle reported stolen out of Clark County, drug paraphernalia, and other items allegedly used for the packaging and distribution of drugs.   As a result of information gleaned from the investigation and search, the residents, Jinger R. Bilbrey, 32, and Justin L. Whitsitt, 38, were arrested and charged with the following:
 Dealing in Methamphetamine - Level 2 Felony
 Possession of Methamphetamine - Level 4 Felony
 Maintaining a common nuisance - Level 6 felony
 Theft of a firearm - Level 6 felony
 Possession of paraphernalia - Class A misdemeanor
Both Bilbrey and  Whitsitt were transported and remanded into the custody of the Clark County Jail.  


Beginning Monday, January 6th, recycling pick up will be on the same day as customers' trash pickup. One truck will run the route picking up trash and a separate truck will also run the route and pick up recyclables. Please have trash and  recycling a the curb by 7am on your pick up day.

Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently announced that there will be a workshop in the coming year for beef producers.

The 2020 Beef Cow/Calf Improvement Seminar will take place on Saturday, January 18 at the Orange County Community Center (1075 N Sandy Hood Rd, Paoli, IN 47454) beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 3:30 PM. The theme for this year’s seminar will focus on “Selection.” This seminar will explore how selecting the right animals can impact a beef operation’s efficiency and profitability. The day’s speakers have a wide range of expertise and will share their knowledge and experiences with beef cattle selection.  University of Tennessee’s Dr. Justin Rhinehart will cover three topics related to selection including “Nature vs Nurture: Heritability of Reproduction,” “The Snowball Effect: Genomics & Reproductive Technology,” and “Adaptation vs Cultivation: Management Decisions for Your Environment.”  Matt Claeys from Purdue University will discuss “Structural Soundness as a Component of Selecting Cattle.”  Retired Western Kentucky Animal Science Professor, Dr. Gordon Jones, will share his experience with “Selecting Cattle for Optimal Production in Pasture Settings.”
Early registration on or before January 10 will cost $20. Students with paying advisors or parents will be $20 on or before January 10. All registrations received after January 10 will be $30. Lunch is included in the registration fee.  For a registration form or for additional information, please contact your county Extension office or the Purdue Extension – Lawrence County Office at 812-275-4623 or email at odavis@purdue.edu. For more info on this or other Ag & Natural Resources topics, contact Springstun at the Scott County Extension Office located in Suite G-30 of the Courthouse in Scottsburg, 1 E. McClain Ave, tprings@purdue.edu, or phone call him at (812) 752-8450. 

City of Madison Police Department New Live Tip Line

MPD has a new live tip line! You can now call, text, or send pictures of criminal activity directly to the patrol supervisor currently on duty. We ask that the number be utilized to report suspected criminal activity only, or to give tips on current criminal cases or wanted persons. The safest and best way to call for an emergency is still 911 !

JANUARY 17, 2019

Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Warm this Winter:

Pet-proof the house. Most pets spend more time indoors during the winter.
Secure space heaters and use them with caution around pets. Do not leave pets unattended near heaters.
Prepare for winter storms by keeping enough pet food and water on hand to get through at least 5 days.
Identify pets with a microchip or identification tag. Pets may become lost in the winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that would help them find their way home. Be sure your pet’s microchip or identification tag has your current contact information.
Never leave pets in an unattended car. In cold weather a car quickly becomes like a refrigerator rapidly chilling pets.
Pets are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should not be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing temperatures. Some cities have ordinances about temperatures.
Check paws after walks for cold weather damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding, and an accumulation of snow and ice. 
During walks your dog’s paws, legs, and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze and other chemicals. Be sure to wipe down or wash your pet to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk of your pet being poisoned.
Avoid ice when walking your dog. Frozen lakes and ponds may not be able to support a dog’s weight.
Outdoor and feral cats may seek shelter under a vehicle in cold weather. Check underneath your car and make some noise before starting your vehicle.

Winter can be a beautiful time in Indiana. Preparing for cold weather and winter storms will help pets better handle the change in weather.


Due to a new phone and video system, Bartholomew County Jail inmates, families and friends will now have more options for visitation and email at no cost to taxpayers.  There will be a service charge to those using the system.  The Home WAV (Home Web Access Visitation) system will allow an inmate to visit remotely.  Inmates will be able to see more people more often and will be able to send and receive emails. This system offers built-in security and any/all incoming mail will be scanned at an offsite location and emailed to inmates.  BCJ officials say that on-station visitation will still be available; however, people can now visit from the comfort of their homes rather than coming to BCJ. Officials say it is cheaper to send email to inmate than to purchase postage.  Attorneys will also be able to speak with inmates remotely if they choose to do so.  “This new system should increase revenue generated for the Technology Fund”, said Major John Martoccia, Jail Commander.  “Some of the Tech funds were used to offset the cost of the recently purchased body scanner”, added Martoccia. The new system is expected to be installed and working sometime in February, 2020.


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