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AUGUST 13, 2018


I-65 Traffic Pattern Changes This Week  


The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to shift all Interstate 65 traffic to the east side of the north-south highway between mile markers 64.0 and 61.5 as part of the state’s $143 million Next Level Roads project between Seymour and Columbus.  The new traffic pattern is expected to be initiated during overnight hours Wednesday or Thursday night (AUGUST 15 or 16), weather permitting.  Southbound motorists will be shifted via a median crossover located north of State Road 58 to the northbound side of I-65.  Two 11-foot-wide lanes will be maintained in each direction while construction takes place on the west half of the interstate.  Meanwhile, single-lane closures impacting both northbound and southbound I-65 traffic will continue for another four weekends (excluding Labor Day weekend) while crews install a bridge deck overlay atop the single-span 90-foot structure at Denois Creek and pour new bridge approaches at mile marker 65.5.  Restrictions begin at 6 p.m. Fridays and continue through noon on Sundays.  There will also be spot lane closures—both northbound and southbound—between I-65 mile markers 50.0 and 60.0 during overnight hours through the following week.  Trucks are restricted to left-lane travel throughout the work zone.  This suspends northbound exits at the Indiana State Police weigh station located north of U.S. Highway 50 at Seymour. 



Did you know your child could be receiving free books in the mail?


Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of Scott County are eligible! This is FREE! There is no cost or obligation to your family. Call United Way of Scott County 812-752-2586 for more information and application information! This is a 60 volume set beginning with The Little Engine That Could!



Scott County Humane Society


The Scott County Humane Society is in need of volunteers to help with remodeling and construction at their new facility. Please call 812-752-7500 if you can help anytime! Even if it only a couple of hours. Skilled or unskilled laborers.



2018 Community Crossings Call for Projects Now Open
Matching grant provides millions in funding to cities, counties, and towns for infrastructure


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced that the agency is accepting applications for matching funds for shovel-ready local construction projects through Community Crossings, the State’s local road and bridge matching grant program. Since 2016, the State has awarded $300 million in state funds to support local road and bridge projects around the state. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations are also eligible for funds.
Projects submitted to INDOT for funding will be evaluated based on need, traffic volume, local support, the impact on connectivity and mobility within the community, and regional economic significance. Community Crossings is open to all local government units in the State of Indiana. 


Cities and towns with a population of fewer than 10,000 will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
Cities and towns with a population of greater than 10,000 will receive funds using a 50/50 match.
Counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 people will receive funds using a 75/25 match.
Counties with a population of greater than 50,000 people will receive funds using a 50/50 match.

All application materials must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. ET. Communities receiving funding for projects will be notified by INDOT beginning in November. For more information on Community Crossings, visit www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.




AUGUST 14, 2018



 TAIL WAGGIN' TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK










 







Please visit our WMPI Scottsburg Facebook page and Share so we can find our new homes.


Our Dog of the Week is Blackie. Look at that sweet face! Blackie was turned in. Owners stated he did not get along with other dogs, but there have been no problems with him getting along with other dogs in Foster Care. He has actually been playing with the dogs. Blackie is 4-5 years old neutered and is as calm as can be. Would love to be your TV watching buddy! He loves to sit and cuddle. Blackie is a Jack Russell Mix.

Our Kitty of the Week is very special, Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa come in with several kittens of her own, but was also the mother to several abandoned kitties. She nursed 11 kitties in total. I posted pictures of Mother Teresa earlier in the year with all her kitties. She is now ready for adoption! She has been spayed and is such a loving kitty!

If you are interested in any of our Pets of the Week please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500. If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent to a kitty or dog or would like to Volunteer with renovations at the new shelter please call 812-752-7500.

Thank you for considering to be a rescue parent!


KITTIES KITTIES KITTIES


There are several kitties to choose from!  

To Visit with or adopt one of our pets of the week call 812-752-7500. Please remember! If you are unable to adopt, but would like to help the Humane Society of Scott County, please consider a donation. Discount vouchers are also available to have your pet spayed or neutered. Call 812-752-7500 for information on discount spay/neuter vouchers. 

You can visit www.sisaveapet.com to see pets for adoption in our area. 




New Required Training Aimed at Reducing High State Teen Suicide Rates By Tami Silverman, President & CEO, Indiana Youth Institute


Our kids are going back to school and many of us are thinking about backpacks, school supplies and physicals. With bus schedules, class schedules and afterschool activities, our kids can easily get stressed about the beginning of a new school year. For some children, especially teens, this stress and anxiety exists at a dangerous level. In Indiana suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 and the 4th leading cause of death for youth ages 5-14. Experts and teens list several reasons for the increase, including insufficient mental health screening, poor access to mental health services and resistance to seeking care. Suicide ideation and attempt rates are also found to be higher during the school year than in the summer. Sadly, Hoosier youth are significantly more likely to consider or attempt suicide than their peers nationally, and Indiana faces significant disparities in youth suicide among vulnerable groups.

• 1 in 5 Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. The percentage of students who seriously considered suicide increased from 18.0% in 2005 to 19.8% in 2015.

• Indiana ranks 2nd out of 34 states in the percentage of students who made a suicide plan and ranks 3rd out of 37 states in the percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide.


• Among our neighboring states, Indiana has the highest percentage of students who seriously considered attempting suicide and the highest percentage of students who made a suicide plan



Arts education grants now available

The Indiana Arts Commission has opened applications for another round of the Partnering Arts, Communities and Education (PACE) grant program. The PACE grant is the IAC's main funding opportunity for direct arts education programming. PACE funds rigorous, year-long artist residencies in schools where the impact can extend not only for the students, but also to teachers and the whole school. The deadline to apply for a PACE grant is November 2, 2018. For more information, contact PACE Program Manager Stephanie Haines at 317-232-1274 orshaines@iac.in.gov. 




Issues in Scott County with Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping of trash at designated drop off sites have been an issue in Scott County. Below is a reminder to residents of the “do’s and don’ts” for dropping trash off and the time frames in which to do so. Scott County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting investigations of illegal dumping and citing those individuals who continue to do so. Any person(s) found violating the Ordinance may be fined up to $500.00 for the first offense and second offense up to $1,000.00.

Residents may drop off trash at the following locations at the listed time frames:
Stacey’s Grocery: 3:30 - 7p.m. (TUESDAY)
Finley Firehouse: 3:30 – 7 p.m. (WEDNESDAY)
Lexington Ballpark: 3:30 – 7 p.m. (THURSDAY)

ALL trash must be in County SASCO bags. SASCO bags may be purchased at the following locations:
Walmart
Jay C Store
Scott’s Ace Hardware
Save-A-Lot Stores
Leroy’s Grocery Store

Recyclables are accepted. Residents are asked to separate your recyclable items from your trash items.

Trash can still be taken free of charge IF in SASCO bags at the Scott County Landfill and Reuse Center during the following times:
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
For additional questions on what items can be taken to the Scott County Landfill, please call




(812) 752-8474.




AUGUST 15, 2018
























The Indiana Department of Insurance Recommends Making Sure Your College-Bound Student Has the Insurance Coverage Needed While Away at School

Review your health, auto and homeowner insurance policies to see if any changes are needed to your coverage.  The week of August 20, 2018, is the start of classes for most students heading to colleges and universities in Indiana. While your focus may be on your child’s move and making sure their living space is a safe and comfortable environment to live and learn, don’t forget to review your insurance coverage with them so they are prepared in the event they need it. The Indiana Department of Insurance offers these tips to help you review and update your insurance policies to cover your college student. “Making sure your college student has the necessary coverage for health, auto and home/rental insurance before moving onto or near campus can alleviate any unfortunate financial surprises from a claim denied by your insurance company because it wasn’t covered in the policy,” said Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson.

Health Coverage Options

Staying on Parent’s Plan. Your dependent child can be covered on your health insurance plan up to age 26. Check with your employer for specific date of discontinuation.  

Federal Marketplace Plan. If you choose not to cover your under 26 year old on your plan, he/she has the option to apply for a private health insurance plan through the Federal Marketplace. Depending on your child’s income, he/she may qualify for premium tax credits which lower costs on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs, or for Medicaid coverage. If your child doesn’t have health coverage, there may be a fee for not being insured

School Sponsored Health Plan.
 Many colleges and universities offer their own student health plans. Some of these plans have limitations as to what/where services they will cover. Check to see if the college your child is attending offers a plan for students.

Tips:

Make sure your student has a copy of the relevant insurance cards
Make sure your student knows about obtaining referrals and approvals (if necessary) before seeking treatment
Make sure your student knows the impact on costs if he/she uses out-of-network healthcare providers
Check your plan provisions or speak with your insurer to find out what level of benefits is provided by your policy

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Insurance

Living On Campus. If your student is younger than 24 years old, enrolled in classes and living in on-campus student housing, your homeowners policy will likely extend to the belongings they take with them. Please note that most homeowners insurance policies place limitations upon the amount of personal property coverage available for property located at residences other than the primary residence.   

Living Off Campus. You should talk to your insurance agent about whether your homeowner’s policy coverage will extend to the rental property. You should not rely on the landlord’s insurance to cover your college student’s possessions. The landlord’s insurance most likely covers structural damage to the building and may even protect against damage caused by tenants. Coverage does not extend to your college student’s personal property, nor does it protect him/her from being liable for damage they might cause to the building inadvertently (e.g., a kitchen fire or plumbing mishap).

Another important component of renters insurance is liability coverage, including personal liability and medical payments to others. Personal liability can provide much needed coverage if, for example, a claim is made or a suit is brought against your insured college student for damages because of bodily injury or property damage caused by a fire or accident in your college student’s off-campus rental.

Renter’s insurance also may provide necessary medical payments to others in the event a person on your insured college student’s rental property becomes injured or an injury is caused by an animal owned by or in the care of your college student.

Tips:

Consider adding a “rider” to provide extra coverage if your college student has unusually expensive items (e.g. electronics, musical instruments)
Talk to your insurance agent to help determine if an additional rider is needed or renters policy is needed to best protect your college-bound student
It's also a good idea to have a detailed inventory of your student's possessions including purchase prices, model numbers and serial numbers – it will help you and your student should you have to file an insurance claim following a loss
Check out the NAIC myHOME Scr.APP.book application – it makes it easy for you to document your student's valuables, update their inventories and store the information for easy access after a disaster

Auto Insurance

Taking a car to school. Check with your agent about the existing auto insurance policy – a significant move away from home can have an impact on your rates. Ask about the rates for the college's city and state before deciding whether to keep your student's car on the family's auto policy. Auto insurance coverage primarily follows the vehicle, rather than the driver.  Therefore, it is important for students to understand that if they allow friends to borrow or drive their car, the coverage provided would come from the vehicle owner’s insurance policy. Policies may also contain restrictions in coverage when an unlisted or unlicensed driver is operating the vehicle.

Leaving the car at home. If your student does not take a vehicle to school, you may want to check with your carrier to see if they offer a discount or revised rate. This may only apply if the student isn’t driving the car while away at school and he/she is more than 100 miles away from the insured address.

Tips:

Discuss expectations concerning use of the insured vehicle with your student before he/she leaves for college – claims submitted under the policy may result in increased auto insurance rates
Notify the insurance company each semester if the student maintains good grades –maintaining a certain G.P.A. might make your child eligible for a good student discount.



SR 235 White River Bridge To Close August 13

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation officials plan to close State Road 235 at White River next Monday (AUGUST 13) for installation of a bridge deck overlay and construction of new bridge approaches. During the 60-day closure, motorists are advised to detour via S.R. 135 and U.S. Highway 50. The S.R. 235 bridge over White River’s East Fork is located east of Medora, 2.43 miles north of S.R. 135.  Traffic count is 820 vehicles per day. This bridge rehabilitation operation is part of a $2,230,246 4-structure replacement project in Jackson County contracted to E & B Paving.   Under the contract, a 4-sided box culvert has been installed on S.R. 235 5.8 miles north of S.R. 135 carrying a tributary to White River.  Intermediate pavement lifts have been placed—allowing two lanes of continuous traffic flow after an 11-day closure—but surface asphalt has yet to go down.  Flaggers will be onsite for surface paving, placement of shoulder stone and guardrail installation.  On S.R. 135, a deck extension has been poured at the 3-span 132-foot-long bridge over Hough Creek in Brownstown.  Bridge approaches are scheduled to be poured beginning next week.  Meanwhile, single-lane traffic controlled by temporary signals continues while application of a bridge deck overlay takes place on one-half of the structure at a time.  This bridge is located 0.96 miles south of U.S. 50.  Finally, replacement of a culvert on S.R. 250 carrying Hough Creek at Brownstown is scheduled to begin within the next several weeks.  Installation of the new 16- X 5-foot reinforced box structure measuring 26-feet in width will require a 30-day closure.  Motorists are advised to detour around the site via S.R. 11, U.S. 50 and S.R. 39.  Traffic count at the structure is 2502 vehicles per day. 



  


AUGUST 16, 2018


AmeriCorps Recruits Members for Scott County

The Scott County Partnership (SCP) is recruiting individuals from the community and local colleges who are interested in participating in the Scott County AmeriCorps program. Currently, the SCP is seeking qualified applicants to perform many duties within the community, including a 900 hour position at Scottsburg High School and two 675 hour positions at the Scott County Community Clearinghouse.  As an AmeriCorps member, you will gain valuable experience in an area that interests you that can translate directly into job experience in your chosen field. You will learn teamwork, communication, responsibility, and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life, while gaining the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and willing to commit to the program until August 2019. Members are required to sign a contract committing their service to the AmeriCorps Program. A high school diploma or a GED is required along with a criminal background check, a National Sex Offender Registry Check, and an application must be filled out for the positions. Anyone who is interested in applying for the Scott County AmeriCorps Program can pick up the job description, an informational packet, and an application from the AmeriCorps Office at the Scott County Partnership in the Life Long Learning Center, 1092 W. Community Way in Scottsburg.  These packets may be picked up any time from Michelle Shelton and are due by September 4, 2018, to the same office. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle Shelton at 812.752.6365 or email her at michelle.shelton@scottcountypartnership.org.  AmeriCorps is an equal opportunity employer.



AG Curtis Hill warns of credit card scam

Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which companies send consumers unsolicited credit cards, often touting high credit limits. Consumers should never activate cards they have not requested nor provide personal information to entities sending such cards.
This warning comes after an Indianapolis man recently filed a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General reporting that employees of his business received unsolicited credit cards from an entity calling itself Connector Capital, purportedly based in Los Angeles. The information on the credit cards included the name of the business for which the recipients worked. The entity that sent the card has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau. “Hoosiers need to know that, under the federal Truth in Lending Act, it is illegal to send unsolicited credit cards to consumers,” Attorney General Hill said. “If you receive a credit card you have not requested, first cut it up and then file a consumer complaint with our office.” In some cases, unsolicited cards arriving in the mail are not credit cards in the first place. Would-be identity thieves may simply be trying to coerce consumers into providing personal information when they call or go online to attempt to activate the cards. In other cases, the high-limit credit cards may have a ruinous effect on consumers’ credit ratings if they activate and/or use them. Anyone concerned about identity theft may want to consider a credit freeze, also known as a security freeze. Any Indiana resident may request a credit freeze free of charge. Learn more at the Attorney General’s website. If you have been the victim of a scam or attempted scam – or have other consumer issues – you may file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by logging onto indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.





AUGUST 10, 2018



Seven Arrested in Scott County on Drug Related Charges 

Scott County-Yesterday and today, seven people were arrested on Indiana State Police     cases in Scott County. The first case started as a follow-up investigation that began two months ago when troopers opened a drug investigation against the occupants at the home located at 1349 South Prewitt Lane in Scottsburg. Yesterday morning, troopers visited the home and found five people at the home. Along with the people at the home, troopers also located Methamphetamine and Paraphernalia. 

The five people arrested at the home and charges:

Richard Hickman, 51, of Scottsburg, IN; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Barbie Lynn Hernandez, 42, of Scottsburg, IN; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Jason Morrow, 39, of Jeffersonville, IN; Visiting a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking with an Inmate, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Law Enforcement.
Gregory L. Ritchey, 49, of Georgetown, IN; Visiting a Common Nuisance and three arrest warrants from Clark County, IN.
Krystal C. Hardin, 24, of Scottsburg, IN; Visiting a Common Nuisance.  

The other two arrested came from a case that began back in November of 2017, when two females were found parked in a rural Scott County graveyard by a trooper and were found to be in possession of Methamphetamine.

Arrest warrants were issued out of the Scott County Circuit Court for their arrest.

Lisa D. Cooley was arrested this morning on the warrant by the Scottsburg City Police and Brandy Chennault was served her warrant in the Scott County Jail where she is serving time on an unrelated case. 

The two arrested females information;

    6) Lisa D. Cooley, 36, of Scottsburg, IN; Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Criminal Trespass.

    7) Brandy J. Chennault, 45, of Scottsburg, IN; Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a  Common Nuisance and Criminal Trespass.

Media Note-Photos of the arrested are attached to this release. Descriptions of each are as follows, Hickman, black shirt, goatee, dark hair; Hernandez, female dark hair with towel covering her; Morrow, short brown hair, clean shaven; Ritchey, balding, maroon shirt, gray beard; Hardin, female blonde hair; Cooley, female, dark slicked back hair with gray t-shirt; Chennault, female, brown hair with a black shirt.

All the arrested were lodged at the Scott County Jail awaiting their court appearances.