OCTOBER 22, 2018 




Caito Foods, LLC Recalls Salad And Bowl Products Made With Chicken Due To Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes
 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2018 – Caito Foods, LLC, an Indianapolis, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,532 pounds of ready-to-eat salad and bowl products made with chicken that contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ready-to-eat salads and bowls made with chicken were produced from Oct. 6, 2018, through Oct. 14, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

11.5-oz. plastic clamshell packages containing “good & deLISH sante fe style salad with chicken,” with “ENJOY BY” dates of 10/13/18 through 10/21/18 (inclusive).
8.75-oz. plastic clamshell packages containing “Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken,” with “Sell By” date of 10/13/18 through 10/21/18 (inclusive).
11.25-oz. plastic clamshell packages containing “FRESH Garden HIGHWAY SALADS SANTA FE STYLE SALAD WITH CHICKEN,” with “Best If Sold By” dates of 10/12/18 through 10/20/18 (inclusive).
12-oz. plastic bowl packages containing “good to go! Chipotle Chicken Bowl,” with “Sell By” dates of 10/11/18 through 10/19/18 (inclusive).
8.75-oz. plastic clamshell packages containing “FRESH Garden HIGHWAY Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken,” with “Best if Sold By” dates of 10/13/18 through 10/21/18 (inclusive).

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-39985” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.   The problem was discovered on Oct, 14, 2018, when Caito Foods, LLC received notification that the corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad products was being recalled by their corn supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.   Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider. Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the Caito Foods, LLC Consumer Feedback Line at 1-844-467-7278. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Meredith Gremel, Caito Foods, LLC, at (616) 878-2830.




Indiana Conservation Officers Respond to Plane Crash in Jackson-Washington State Forest (Jackson County).

Indiana Conservation Officers are assisting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after an overnight plane crash in Jackson County. Chad Lowe (31) of Crossville, TN crashed the small plane he was piloting and escaped with no injuries. Shortly after 1:00 a.m. this morning, Lowe was piloting his 1962 Piper Colt aircraft when it suffered a mechanical failure, causing him to crash into a dense grove of trees in the Jackson-Washington State Forest, near Skyline Drive. Lowe hiked to a nearby residence and sought assistance.   Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department on scene. The FAA is investigating, and should be contacted for further questions regarding the incident.




Scott County Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 27 at Walmart


 On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Scott County Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with the Scottsburg Police Department and the Scott County Sheriffs’ Department, are sponsoring a Drug Take Back Day that will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Scottsburg Walmart at 1618 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN. All prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and liquids will be accepted, and there will also be a sharps container on site. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,600 law enforcement partners a record-setting 949,046 pounds—474.5 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at thousands of collection sites. Scott County collected over 214 pounds this last spring. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact LeAnn Walker at the Scott County Partnership at (812) 752-0980. 
 

Scottsburg Senior High School


The 2018 Fall Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the SHS Commons 6-8 PM. Each athlete on his/her fall sports team will provide the following: *Football and girls soccer - each athlete is to bring a dessert. *Boys soccer, boys and girls cross country, girls golf, volleyball, and boys tennis - each athlete is to bring a vegetable dish or some sort of side dish. The meal will begin at 6 PM. The awards program will begin about 7:00 PM. All teams will stay in the Commons during the awards presentation. Out of respect for other athletes on the other teams, please wait to leave until the end of the banquet. 



OBITUARIES:



Mary Kay Gates, 66, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Parkwest Medical Center West in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She was born on May 10, 1952 in Scott County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Junior F. Hunter and Doshie (Gray) Hunter.  Mary was married on July 25, 1970 to Donald N. "Buck" Gates, who passed away on Dec. 19, 2003.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Blocher United Methodist Church.  Mary enjoyed crafting and traveling, going to numerous exciting destinations with her family.  She especially loved spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren that she adored.  In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by two brothers, Jackie Hunter and Charles Gray and a sister, Shirley Spicer.  Survivors include her two daughters, April Lee Fugate and her husband Jimmy of Lexington, Indiana and Amanda Kay Gates of Knoxville, Tennessee; two sisters, Barbara Shepherd and Bobbie Jean Gilbertson both of Lexington, Indiana; two grandchildren, Jacob Fugate and his wife Tiffany and Savanah Rudd and her husband Nathan and six great grandchildren, Harper, Lilly, Max, Preston, Braxton and Mackenzie.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Collins Funeral Home with Matt Craig officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Tuesday and after 9 am Wednesday.  Interment will be in Bethel Cemetery in Lexington, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

Geneva June Alsup, 88, of Underwood, Indiana passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at University of Louisville Hospital.  She was born on January 17, 1930 in Owsley County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Cephas S. Gibson and Irene J. (Blizard) Gibson.  Geneva graduated from Scottsburg High School in 1948.  She was married on Jan. 17, 1948 to Ivan Lee Alsup, who preceded her in death on April 12, 2005 after 57 years together.  Geneva was the business manager for her family farm and also had worked at the old Roy Yount Accounting Service and Whittymore Tax Service in Scottsburg, Indiana.  She was a member of the Fairview Christian Church, enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, Geneva was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Elaine Robison and three brothers, Leroy, Leon and John Gibson.  Survivors include two daughters, Teresa R. Spellman and her husband Dick and Rhonda LaMaster and her husband Phil all of Underwood, Indiana; a son-in-law, William Robison of Scottsburg, Indiana; a brother, Junior Gibson and his wife Carolyn of Underwood, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Chris Spellman (Allison), Lyddia Mullins (Eric), Corey Spellman (Sarah), Stacy Doriot (Bobby), Zach LaMaster, Jacob Robison (Ashley), Nathan Robison (Lisa) and Steve Robison and thirteen great grandchildren, Haley, Ethan and Chloe Mullins, Victoria, Zoe, Max, Kellen and Jameson Spellman, Abby, Tucker and Cooper Doriot, Alex and Ethan Robison.  Funeral Service: 11:00 am Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Fairview Christian Church with Phil LaMaster, Eric Mullins and Rick Richardson officiating.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Wednesday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana and after 9 am Thursday at Fairview Christian Church.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Underwood, Indiana.   Memorial Contributions: Fairview Christian Church or Living Hope Ministry c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.



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!





 


OCTOBER 23, 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 MAYBELLINE.  Maybelline is a Senior that was found as a stray. She had no hair due to allergies and had several rotten teeth, but her tail was always wagging! LOOK HOW CUTE NOW! Maybelline's hair is grown back and she has had the rotten teeth pulled. She feels great and loves to just lay one the couch and cuddle. Please consider giving Maybelline a warm and loving home.


Our cat of the week is a black and white 4-5 month old kitty. Loves to purrrrrrr and play! Such a sweet kitty! There are LOTS of kitties at the Scott County Humane Society up for adoption! Please consider adoption or fostering one of the adorable cats. They have all colors! To Foster or Adopt please call 812-752-7500! If you are unsure and have questions please call or visit to see what you can do to help. REMEMBER TO SPAY OR NEUTER.



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. 



HOLIDAY CLOSING

SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA, Scottsburg City Hall will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day.  Trash normally picked up on CITY ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE PAYMENT PROVIDER FOR WATER BILLS



Preconstruction Meeting For SR 256 Project

SCOTT COUNTY—Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor personnel and utility company representatives  at Seymour District offices to coordinate efforts for advancing a $17,643,775 multi-phase project that will rebuild State Road 256 east of Austin and replace the bridge at Hutto Creek.
Milestone, the state’s contractor, is charged with rebuilding and widening the 5-mile section of S.R. 256 between U.S. Highway 31 and a terminus east of S.R. 203. Columbus-based crews will construct a new single-span bridge over Hutto Creek near Meridian Road, realign S.R. 256’s intersection with Coffee Pot Road and build a center left turn lane at S.R. 203. Utility relocations are underway. Site clearing will occur in November.  Construction should start next April. During 2019, INDOT’s contractor plans to begin with bridge work at Hutto Creek—1.3 miles east of U.S. 31—and rebuild the highway working in both directions from the bridge.


Scott County Community Foundation, 752-2057

In an effort to assist nonprofits with capacity building, the Scott County Community Foundation will be hosting quarterly lunch and learn sessions. Board members, volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations are highly encouraged to attend. The first session, “Fundraising…A Closer Look” will be held Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center. Get ready to take a closer look at what it takes to raise money for your nonprofit. In this fast paced, interactive workshop, participants will take a closer look at factors that exist in nearly every successful fundraising effort, along with fundraising tools and resources. You may be reminded of some old favorites, and new ideas that you may not have considered will be introduced. Included will be a closer look at getting members of your Board of Directors willingly involved in effective fundraising. Come prepared to ask questions, to learn and to enjoy yourself. Future topics include “Grantwriting 101: Getting Started” on March 14; “High Trust Leadership – The Heart and Soul of Success” on June 13; and “Crucial Conversations: Learn to Successfully Navigate the Conversations You are Avoiding” on Sept. 12, 2009. These workshops will be led by nonprofit consultant June Miller, who brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate and nonprofit training. “We are pleased to continue our nonprofit workshops for the third year,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. “We’ve really seen a growth in local nonprofits as they implement ideas they’ve learned, and they enjoy the networking provided through the sessions.” “I advise staff and volunteer board members to support your organization by attending,” said Toppe. “Our grants committee will look favorably upon organizations that apply for funding from the Community Foundation, and have shown a desire to build their organization’s capacity through attendance at these sessions.”

The cost for attending is $10 per person and includes lunch. Registration is due one day prior to the session, and can be made by calling the Scott County Community Foundation at 812-752-2057 or emailing info@scottcountyfoundation.org.




The City of Madison Water/Sewer Office

The City of Madison Water/Sewer Office announced that beginning today, the City has partnered with a new payment provider, eGov Strategies, for payment of water bills. The system is more customer friendly and will allow customers to view their water bills online 24/7, make electronic payments via credit card, debit card or e-Check. The fee schedule for this service has been reduced to $1.50 or 2.49% of each transaction, whichever is greater. Fees are collected by eGov Strategies; the City does not receive any portion of the service fee. Payments can also continue to be made via mail, in-person, or through automatic ACH transfer, which all remain free for residents. Residents who had been using the previous online payment company will need to bookmark the new payment link: https://in-madison.egovpayments.com/ . Payments can be made without registering, but residents who wish to register will need to create a new account. The payment system was developed in conjunction with eGov Strategies, an Indianapolis-based provider of payment processing services and web sites to government organizations throughout the U.S. Their system is highly secure, at the highest level per Payment Card Industry standards, and will interface to the City’s web site, making it convenient for users to pay their utility bills. The City of Madison water office encourages anyone with questions about payment methods to call the Water Office at 812-265-8312. For technical assistance with the payment system, please call eGov Strategies at 877-634-3468. Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.



Scott County Community Foundation, 752-2057

 
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 “Crisis Prevention Training: Handle situations in a safe and secure manner!”. The event will feature guest speaker Sherry Stout, the Behavior and Autism consultant and Crisis Prevention Institute instructor for Scott County School District 2. This session will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4-5 p.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center. Refreshments will be served, and the session is free.  Sherry is a lifelong resident of Scott County and the mother of three children. Before coming to SCSD2, she was the teacher of emotional disabilities, emotional disabilities consultant and orthopedic impairment consultant at Bradie Shrum Elementary in Salem.  SCSD2 uses the Crisis Prevention Institute’s model for behavior interventions and de-escalation techniques. CPI was established in 1980 and is the leading training organization that specializes in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior.
                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.





 OCTOBER 24, 2018​​ 



Conservation Officers – What does their job consist of?



On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Big Oaks Conservation Society will hold a monthly meeting at the Jefferson County Public Library in Madison starting at 6:30PM. Josh Thomas, will speak on what he does as a Conservation Law Enforcement Officer for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He will cover such topics as rifle laws, ginseng and Chronic Wasting Disease and Tuberculosis in deer. Josh enforces Indiana State conservation laws in Jefferson County. Conservation Officer, Josh Thomas, is originally from Daleville Indiana. He graduated from Ball State University with a dual major in Health Science and Physical Education. Then he served 6 years as a Sergeant in the United States Marines where he did a combat tour in Iraq. Next Josh taught for two years at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana and 4 years at Madison Consolidated Junior High School before becoming a Conservation Officer in 2013. His specialties include: Public Information Officer, Use of Forcei nstructor, Honor Guard, Drill Instructor and Field Training Officer.
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. often at the Jefferson County Public Library in Madison, Indiana.
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.




Schneck Medical Center Receives Prestigious International Award

Seymour, IN – Schneck Medical Center is honored to announce it has received the prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. This designation recognizes Schneck for the optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. “For a mother who wants to breastfeed, her ability to start and to continue breastfeeding is greatly influenced by her experience in the hospital. We want to ensure all mothers have the information and skills needed to confidently care for their babies,” said Chastity Johnson, Director of Women and Children. “Schneck is proud to have achieved this designation which reflects the great efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff.” There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 539 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The “Baby-Friendly” re-designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.




 MORE INDIANA VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT RED CROSS RELIEF EFFORTS ACROSS THE NATION, INCLUDING TWO MASSIVE HURRICANE OPERATIONS

 

INDIANAPOLIS —The American Red Cross has 34 Hoosier volunteers on the ground responding to two massive disaster relief efforts, after Hurricane Michael caused untold devastation along the Gulf Coast, and as Hurricane Florence relief operations continue. Hurricane Michael, a Category 4, demolished entire blocks of homes and left a half million people without power. The hardest hit areas are not yet accessible, due to debris in the roads and downed power lines. The Red Cross has mobilized to support relief efforts across three states—Alabama, Georgia, and Florida—and is working with partners, such as the National Guard, to move volunteers and supplies. Hurricane Florence relief efforts are far from over; the Red Cross is still managing shelters in the Carolinas, along with its involvement in the immense recovery operation.


In response to Hurricane Michael, the American Red Cross has already:

Deployed more than 1,100 disaster workers;
Organized 23 Red Cross and community evacuation centers;
Provided more than 80 percent of the 20,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters;
Worked with partners to serve more than 165,200 meals and snacks;
Utilized a team of volunteer mental health and health services professionals to provide evacuees some 2,100 contacts offering care and support; and
Distributed more than 3,300 relief items such as clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, and bleach.

In response to Hurricane Florence, the American Red Cross:

Is still supporting nearly 400 people in 10 Red Cross shelters in the Carolinas;
Provided about 92 percent of the 125,400 overnight stays in emergency shelters;
Has more than 2,000 disaster workers (93 percent volunteers) on the ground in the Carolinas;
Served more than 1.56 million meals and snacks;
Utilized a team of volunteer mental health and health services professionals to provide evacuees some 49,000 contacts offering care and support; and
Distributed more than 323,400 relief items such as clean-up kits, rakes, shovels, and bleach.

“While it may seem that the focus has shifted to Michael, it’s important to remember the Red Cross often juggles multiple disaster relief operations, including nearly 66,000 disasters annually,” said Duchess Adjei, regional communication director for the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross. “We cannot  forget about the individuals and families impacted by Hurricanes Michael and Florence, nor can we hit pause on our commitment right here in Indiana—responding to home fires, collecting blood donations, and building more resilient communities.”


 


New award launched for folk and traditional artists

Traditional Arts Indiana, a program of Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures, is currently accepting nominations from Indiana residents for a new award celebrating the state's master folk and traditional artists.
The Indiana Heritage Fellowship Award will recognize a traditional or folk artist who has made outstanding contributions to their artistic tradition and to their community, and honors an individual's long-term achievement within an art form that is rooted in community life in Indiana. The deadline for nominations is November 2, 2018. Learn more.




INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs to Engineers in Training

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships 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 2019-2020 academic school year must be submitted by December 31, 2018. 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 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 Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern Indiana, and Valparaiso University.
Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program application process at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted by Monday, December 31. Students or parents with questions may contact Workforce Development Manager K.D. Thurman at talentmanagement@indot.in.gov or 317-234-8551.




HOLIDAY CLOSING

SCOTTSBURG, INDIANA,  Scottsburg City Hall will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day.  Trash normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
 






OCTOBER 18, 2018




Scott County Drug-Free Communities Support Program Announces New Leadership Roles


SCOTTSBURG, Ind.—Now in "Year 3" of the grant, Scott County is one of 731 U.S. communities who has the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funding from National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The DFC grant provides funding to involve and engage the local community through the local coalition (CEASe) in preventing substance use among youth.  The DFC Program recently implemented a change in its leadership structure.  As of October 1, 2018, Jamie Raichel has transitioned out of the full-time DFC Coordinator role into the part-time position of DFC Reporting & Compliance Manager. Lori Croasdell has transitioned out of a part-time DFC role, into the full-time position of DFC Coordinator. Melinda Lowry will take on part-time responsibilities as the DFC Youth Coordinator.  Croasdell, also the CEASe Coordinator, believes her role as the DFC Coordinator, will be to continue the processes begun by Raichel (former DFC Coordinator) as she facilitates and strengthens community collaborations in reducing youth substance use/misuse. Croasdell is inspired to build upon the framework started by Raichel as she guides CEASe in moving its 12-month plan toward action and implementation of its creative coalition-driven solutions to bring about a drug-free community. Her vision for Scott County is that every sector of the community works together, building on the foundation of progress currently in place, to create a more comprehensive continuum of community-level change where our citizens have hope to live healthy and whole lives. Melinda Lowry, the new DFC Youth Coordinator, will provide youth and school-based prevention coordination services focused on supporting the implementation of the DFC goals and objectives, as well as expand and strengthen Scott County's EMPOWER Youth Coalition.  As the DFC Youth Coordinator, Melinda will expand EMPOWER's leadership training and coalition-building activities, guide youth members through the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) implementation process, and educate and keep the members engaged in the SPF process and coalition activities.  In her new role as the DFC Reporting & Compliance Manager, Jamie Raichel will support the successful implementation and achievement of the goals and objectives of the DFC by compiling and submitting all required documents, reports, re-applications, and data and evaluation information. She will also provide on-going technical support to promote the goals and objectives of the coalition.
For more information on CEASe and the Scott County Drug Free Communities Support Program, you may contact Lori Croasdell at lcroasdell@me.com or call/text her at (812) 820-0620.
















The Indiana Department of Transportation Interstate 54 Lane Closure


The Indiana Department of Transportation will close Interstate 64 lanes again this weekend, weather permitting, for deck repair and maintenance operations at the Sherman Minton bridge. INDOT officials say scheduled bridge work should conclude a series of weekend closures at the 56-year-old double-decked structure that spans the Ohio River between New Albany and Louisville. Beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday (OCT 20), eastbound I-64’s left lane on the lower deck AND westbound I-64’s right lane on the upper deck will close while contracted crews perform maintenance work at an expansion joint. Restrictions will be switched later in the weekend—closing the eastbound I-64 right lane and the westbound left lane to traffic. All lane restrictions will be lifted by 6 a.m. Monday (OCT 22).


Scott County Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs  October 27 at Walmart

[SCOTTSBURG, IND] – On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Scott County Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in partnership with the Scottsburg Police Department and the Scott County Sheriffs’ Department, are sponsoring a Drug Take Back Day that will give the public its 16th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Scottsburg Walmart at 1618 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN. All prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and liquids will be accepted, and there will also be a sharps container on site. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,600 law enforcement partners a record-setting 949,046 pounds—474.5 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at thousands of collection sites. Scott County collected over 214 pounds this last spring. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact LeAnn Walker at the Scott County Partnership at (812) 752-0980. 



HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Being Installed On SR 45

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for its $110,000 pedestrian-activated signal project on State Road 45 at Deckard Drive/Tamarron Drive in Bloomington, has installation crews onsite setting strain pole and control cabinet foundations.  Current operations have minimal impact on traffic. But as work progresses near University Elementary School, motorists may experience brief delays while flaggers direct traffic around crews and equipment.   The contract completion date is November 30. 



OCTOBER 19, 2018




The Scott County Christmas Asst. (Angel Tree) is now accepting applications for Christmas Assistance.

You must being photo ID, verification of current address and verification that children do live in your household and income verification. Children must be 0 to 16 years of age, live in your household, lives in Scott County. We are located at 40 South Main, Scottsburg. Next door to Hardy's Cafe. We are open today from 10 to 1:30. We will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 to 1:30 starting Sept. 18th. We are in need of people to volunteer to help sort items. For more information please call Madonna Amburgey Corbett at 812-498-3137



Indiana students to get free FAFSA filing help at College Goal Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – Financial aid professionals will be volunteering at 39 sites in Indiana to help college-bound students and their families open the door to financial aid during College Goal Sunday. The event is set for 2 p.m. (local time), October 28, 2018. The free program assists Indiana students in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships and student loans at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The FAFSA MUST be filed by April 15 to be eligible for Indiana financial aid. College Goal Sunday is so important since completing this required form correctly and by the deadline is sometimes perceived to be complicated and time consuming. In less than one afternoon at a College Goal Sunday event, students and their families can get free help and file the form online. Now in its 30th year, College Goal Sunday has helped more than 94,000 Indiana students and families complete the FAFSA properly and on time. College Goal Sunday is a charitable program of the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association (ISFAA).

College Goal Sunday Doubles the Help Offered

“The event on October 28th will be one of two College Goal Sundays ISFAA is offering this FAFSA filing season.” said Bill Wozniak, co-chair of College Goal Sunday. “We hope all Hoosiers who have not filed already, take advantage of College Goal Sunday events across Indiana, file the FAFSA, and get one step closer to fulfilling their educational goals.” According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching first-generation college students. In recent years, according to CHE statistics, more single-parent Hoosier families have filed for financial aid, indicating programs like College Goal Sunday are reaching high-risk students and their families. “Students who don’t complete their financial aid paperwork properly and on time are often very disappointed when they find out how much financial aid they lost,” said Wozniak. “This is why the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association not only continues to provide College Goal Sunday, but offers two events during the year. If our assistance gives students a better chance at higher education and less debt, we’re fulfilling our mission.”

What students should bring

Students should attend College Goal Sunday with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and parents’ should bring completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax returns, W-2 Forms and other 2017 income and benefits information. Students who worked last year should bring their income information as well. Students 24 years of age or older may attend alone and bring their own completed 2017 IRS 1040 tax return, W-2 Form or other 2017 income and benefits information. Students and parents are encouraged to apply for their U.S. Department of Education FSA IDs at fsaid.ed.gov before coming to the event. Volunteers will walk through the online form line-by-line and answer families’ individual questions as needed. All sites offer FAFSA online capabilities and many have Spanish interpreters. A complete list of sites is available at CollegeGoalSunday.org.

Attendees may win educational prizes

Students may also win one of five $1000 scholarships. Students who attend any of the College Goal Sunday sites and submit a completed evaluation form will automatically be entered in a drawing for a $1000 scholarship. The winners will be notified in December, and prizes will be sent directly to the higher education institution selected by the winning students.

21st Century Scholars benefit

21st Century Scholars are income-eligible students who sign a contract in the seventh or eighth grade promising they will graduate from high school, meet grade point requirements, fulfill a pledge of good citizenship, and apply for college financial aid. Upon high school graduation, Scholars who have fulfilled the commitment receive state funds to help cover their college tuition and fees for eight semesters at eligible Indiana colleges. To fulfill their pledge, scholars must submit a completed FAFSA form on time. College Goal Sunday can help.

Program is a national model

College Goal Sunday originated right here in Indiana, and is now a national model. Following Indiana’s example, College Goal Sunday events organized by more than 34 states have opened doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students all over the country.

 For more information about College Goal Sunday visit CollegeGoalSunday.org




E’TOWN MAN ARRESTED ON OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT

In July, 2018, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Detective William Kinman, Jr., began an investigation into a person allegedly being threatened and harassed online. During the investigation, Detective Kinman found that a male subject who reported to be working for an independent wrestling promotion in Columbus, actually did not work for the promotion.   Further investigation revealed that Robert F. Swengel had worked for an independent wrestling promotion from Madison; however, his status as a convicted sex offender prohibited his employment with certain businesses and once his status was discovered, Swengel was terminated from the position.   On October 17, 2018, approx. 10:16 a.m., Robert F. Swengel, 35, 7041 E 750 S, Elizabethtown, IN, was arrested by Detective Kinman on an out-of-county warrant for:


Unlawful employment near children, a level 6 felony.

Unlawful entry of school property by a serious sex offender, a level 6 felony

Habitual Offender

Although the investigation originated in Bartholomew County, the offense occurred in Jefferson County and all charges were filed through the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.  Swengel has been transferred to the Jefferson County Jail. All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.

 


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