MAY 18, 2020

Gov. Holcomb announces $1 million in funding to distribute life-saving naloxone
Overdose Lifeline, Inc. will distribute 25,000 doses of naloxone in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today announced the state will fund a nearly $1 million distribution of the opioid reversal agent naloxone to ensure the medication reaches Hoosiers who are at-risk of overdose. “In the face of COVID-19, it’s even more imperative that we provide resources and support for people with substance use disorders,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Making potentially lifesaving treatments more readily available is one of the top ways we can address this crisis.” Funds were made available by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s state opioid response grant. Naloxone, or Narcan, is a medication approved to prevent overdose by opioids. Naloxone is given when a person is showing signs of opioid overdose. It blocks the toxic effects of the overdose and is often the difference between a patient living and dying. Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorder through advocacy, education, harm reduction, prevention, resources and support, will distribute 25,000 doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends and others who are likely to be the first on the scene if someone overdoses. The organization has been on the front lines of the opioid epidemic since 2014.
Naloxone is a critical tool for individuals, families, first responders and communities to help reduce opioid overdose deaths. Access to naloxone, however, continues to be limited in some communities. Local health departments registered with the Indiana State Department of Health as entities to dispense naloxone may be experiencing limited access to resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s partnership with Overdose Lifeline, Inc. allows local health departments to devote their resources to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“The beauty of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is our ability to get naloxone into the hands of people across the state without any barriers,” said Justin Phillips, founder of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. “We understand this overdose reversal drug can be costly for people. This distribution of naloxone will lift that burden off Hoosiers across the state.” First responders, families, caregivers and other individuals who would like to receive a supply of naloxone can register online at www.overdoselifeline.org/2020-indiana-naloxone-request.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Indiana Department of Homeland Security also announced today that Indiana’s emergency medical responders will be reimbursed in full through the state’s Medicaid program when they administer naloxone. The change in payment policy will be effective July 1, and was made in consultation the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Indiana will become one of the first states to pay EMS providers for both the administration of the drug and the medication itself.  Previously, EMS personnel were able to administer naloxone under an expiring federal grant. Including naloxone as a covered Medicaid benefit will help ensure funding is available for EMS first responders to continue to administer naloxone.
Effective July 1, Indiana Health Coverage Programs, which includes the Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Healthwise, Hoosier Care Connect and Traditional Medicaid, will reimburse specialty providers who bill the state after a naloxone administration. This was initially communicated to IHCP providers through this bulletin (when) and further guidance will be published soon. Indiana Health Coverage Programs and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are also planning training sessions to provide guidance and to answer any questions.
A list of resources around naloxone may be found at the ISDH website at optin.in.gov.

Northbound traffic to switch Thursday night on I-65 in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to switch traffic on northbound I-65 Thursday evening (May 21, weather permitting) as progress continues on the $143 million reconstruction and added travel lanes project between Seymour and Columbus.  The switch will shift northbound traffic to the southbound side of I-65 from MM 53.6 to MM 56, north of Seymour. This will put both northbound and southbound traffic on the southbound side between Seymour and just north of S.R. 11. Northbound access to S.R. 11 at Exit 55 will be maintained, but lanes will be shifted while new pavement is constructed. Motorists are urged to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through the entire work zone. Drivers should adhere to the 55 mph speed restriction and trucks should continue to use the left lane for travel. The project began in 2018 and is expected to be complete in late summer 2020. All work is weather dependent.

Scott County Bicentennial Events List

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

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

MAY 19, 2020

Scott County 4-H Going Virtual for 2020 

Restrictions related to COVID-19 continue nationwide, including in Indiana and Scott County 4-H.  In the interest of public safety and the safety of our 4-H families and volunteers, the governing body of the Scott County 4-H program, the 4-H Council, voted to give our 4-H members the opportunity to virtually exhibit their projects this year.  No face-to-face exhibition will happen in 2020; however, youth’s projects will be displayed through technology to the community in July.  Further, in consideration of local businesses who are stretched thin with the current economic conditions, the decision was made not to offer an auction where 4-H youth can sell their livestock in 2020.  Some members have already begun to market their animals individually to minimize their feed and other costs associated with the animals’ care. The 4-H program greatly appreciates all of the support from the community and we hope to see everyone again at an in person fair next year. We understand that these decisions may be disappointing, but they are being made in the best interest of everyone’s safety.  This is an opportunity for Scott County 4-H’ers to implement their “health to better living” for their club, community, country and world! We appreciate the communities support at this time.

Free Friday at the Transfer Station 

-Any large household items can be disposed of at the Transfer Station on South 4th Street at no charge on the first Friday of every month.
- Must be a City of Scottsburg resident. Must show driver's license or utility bill for proof of residency.
-Please remain in your vehicle until it is your turn to unload.

Free Wednesday Pick Ups that have already been scheduled will be picked up on your scheduled date.

-Please do not put items at the curb any earlier than the Tuesday before your scheduled pick up.
-Free Wednesday pick up will be discontinued after all scheduled pick ups in May.

LUNA                                                     MAYBELL



Screech will be spayed this week and ready for her new home. She is approximately 4 months old and is a beautiful calico kitten who loves to play. She will be up to date on shots and flea prevention. Please consider a visit with Screech to see if she is your next forever pet. Stop by the Humane Society of Scott County at 1176 North Gardner Street it call 812-752-7500 for adoption information.



Remington is a neutered male, Golden Retriever-Beagle mix. He is approximately 1-1/2 years old. Remington is good with other dogs and cats. Loves to play and is sweet as could be! Crate trained and housebroken. Remington sits on command for his treats. If you are interested in Remington, please call the Scott County Humane Society at 812-752-7500




APRIL 22, 2020

Scott County School Dist. 2 Food Service for Students
In an effort to increase the number of students fed, Scott 2 will be expanding the Food Service options. Starting on Monday, April 6th, Scott 2 will offer Food Service three ways:
● Grab-n-Go Pickup at all 6 school campus sites @ 11:00 a.m.
○ Johnson Elementary School
○ Lexington Elementary School
○ Scottsburg Elementary School
○ Vienna-Finley Elementary School
○ Scottsburg Middle School
○ Scottsburg High School
● Bus Delivery to Off-Campus Sites- Bus scheduled to arrive at approximately 11:00 a.m. (NOTE: Remote sites are being finalized by the weekend- Please check back on Monday morning)
○ Walmart-Murphy’s Gas Station Parking Lot
○ Farm Bureau Insurance Parking Lot
○ Bethel Baptist Church in Leota
○ Berna Addition
○ Underwood Baptist Church
○ Corner of Moonglo and Wilson
○ Trinity Baptist Church on Hwy 56 near Hwy 39
○ Freedom Gospel Church on East Kinderhook Road
○ Pleasant Ridge Church
○ Colwell Convenience Store- Blocher
○ Alpha Church- Paris Crossing

○ Corner of Hwy 256 and Whitsitt Road
○ Corner of Peggy Lane and Plymouth Road
● Home Delivery- as needed per parent or student arrangement with the student’s school ○ Parents/Students must contact their school by 9:30 a.m. in order to have this
On Monday, April 6th, breakfast will still be available at 7:30 at each school site per the Grab-n-Go option.
Starting with lunch on Monday, April 6th and beyond, the next day’s breakfast will be made available at that day’s lunch. This will be provided through all three options. Thus, it will look like this:
● Monday, April 6th Lunch & Tuesday, April 7th Breakfast provided at 11:00 a.m.
● Tuesday, April 7th Lunch & Wednesday, April 8th Breakfast provided at 11:00 a.m. and so on and so forth.

$600 FPUC Unemployment Insurance Benefits Begin
Important Update to Self-Employed:

Applications for PUA Program Will Start Week of April 27
DWD: Approaching half-million claims paid in April
INDIANAPOLIS (April 21, 2020) – Hoosiers who are receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits have begun seeing the additional $600 weekly payment from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, ahead of the announced date of April 20, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
Though the additional funds began arriving in some unemployment insurance accounts on Friday, the vast majority of claimants will see payments being made this week. Vouchers must be filed each week in order to continue to receive benefits. It is recommended to file the vouchers on a Tuesday or after during the week, taking the high stress off the historic traffic now hitting the DWD’s Uplink online system.
The CARES Act FPUC provides those individuals with the additional $600 weekly benefit. FPUC is payable effective March 29, 2020, for any week of unemployment until July 31, 2020. DWD will pay this benefit retroactively to March 29. The $600 FPUC benefit is taxable and is subject to child support withholding.
“We are pleased that we were able to start getting these payments to out-of-work Hoosiers ahead of our goal of April 20,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said. “This federal assistance will further help those individuals who are not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To put these payments into perspective, this past weekend alone, Friday through Sunday as the FPUC payments were starting to be added, $276 million in payments were made over the three-day period. In all of 2019, $230 million was paid out through the Indiana unemployment insurance assistance program.
Getting Started – 21 Days Reminder
It typically takes up to 21 days for first-time claims to be paid if there are no issues on the claim. A claimant can view their Uplink Claimant Homepage to check for issues on their claim. If there is an issue, a DWD Claims Investigator will be assigned to analyze the claim. DWD is advising claimants with issues on their claims to not contact the call center to check on the status of their claims, as that only adds to the already large volume of calls the center is experiencing.
Update on Self-Employed Assistance Program - PUA
Additionally, the CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) creates a temporary federal unemployment insurance program for individuals not otherwise eligible for UI benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, those seeking part-time employment, and individuals lacking sufficient work history but who would be able to work and looking for work were it not due to COVID-19.
PUA is not payable to individuals who have the ability to telework with pay or who are receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits.
The new federal program requires an entire new system to be designed and built from the ground up. DWD is integrating the new system into Uplink so that these benefits can be provided as quickly and efficiently as possible to impacted Hoosiers. PUA applications will be available in Uplink on April 24 to those who have already applied for and been denied regular UI benefits. PUA applications will be available to others as soon as they apply for and are denied regular UI. DWD will be able to begin making PUA payments in May.
What is PEUC? 13 Additional Weeks
In addition to the FPUC and FPUA programs, the CARES Act also provides the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which is an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits once benefits are exhausted for traditional claimants. This program is not yet available. Once available, eligible claimants will access weekly vouchers through the Uplink system.
Best Day to Apply?
The claims week runs from Sunday through Saturday. Most claimants file their initial claims and weekly vouchers on Sunday, followed closely by Monday. Claims can be filed any day of the week, and those filing on Tuesday or after will have a faster, less congested experience filing than those who file on Sunday or Monday. The extreme high volume the beginning of each week can result in maximum capacity and speed issues. It is recommended to file mid-week through Saturday for the optimal filing experience.
DWD’s current Uplink on-line system launched in 2010 and has been re-designed over the years to withstand the unprecedented volume presented by the current demand, and has met the challenge of the record amount of filings. Certain caps on the system have been put into place to limit user level at any given time. When that peak is reached, safeguards trigger a notice instructing the user visiting the site to try again later, which can be same day, or the next. As several state unemployment agencies around the country are reporting crashes to their unemployment systems due to the unprecedented demands, these preventative measures have been put in place to help protect the integrity of the Uplink system and to allow the process from successful filing to payment to continue without interruption.
Since Gov. Holcomb directed all bars and restaurants to close on March 16, more than 450,000 Hoosiers have successfully filed for unemployment. Further, roughly 432,000 unemployment insurance claims have been paid for the two-week period of April 1-14, and that number continues to rise, and will do so at a greater pace with the addition of the CARES Act additional benefits.
A record 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the four weeks through April 11. With so many individuals across the country out of work, states are seeing an increase in attempts to defraud their unemployment systems.
Fraud Warning
Anyone purposely or intentionally providing false information, misrepresenting the truth, or failing to provide full information in making a selection or completing this claim for benefits is committing fraud. If anyone is found to have committed fraud, they will be ineligible for any benefits, and DWD will institute collections proceedings against them to recover any benefits obtained through fraud. They also may be subject to federal and state criminal prosecution.

APRIL 23, 2020

New Albany Man Dies in Rollover Crash

Clarksville - A New Albany man died in a rollover crash that occurred late Tuesday night along I-65 in Clark County. Around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Indiana State Police (ISP),  Clark County Deputies, and local ambulance service responded to a single-vehicle crash with entrapment on I-65 northbound near the 5.2 mile-marker.  When officers arrived, they observed a black, 2010 Ford Fusion rolled onto the driver's side.  The driver was unresponsive.  Trooper Jared Ferguson assumed the investigation and also contacted ISP reconstruction units to assist.  The preliminary investigation shows the Fusion was going northbound on I-65 and left the east side of the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle traveled down a small embankment and overturned before striking a fence and two semi-trucks parked at the nearby Ryder Truck Sales.  The driver, Paul E. Barksdale, 61, of New Albany, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clark County Coroner's Office.  There were no other occupants in the car.  This crash is still under investigation.  Next of Kin was notified by the Clark County Coroner's Office and the Indiana State Police.  ISP units were assisted by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, The Clarksville Fire Department, The Clarksville Police Department, and the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

 Lexington Volunteer Fire Department

Located at LVFD station next to the post office.
Sunday April 26th from 11-1:00
The meal will consist of a fish sandwich and French fry (hot dog and hamburgers are also available). No drinks, condiments, or seating will be available. Drive up or walk through service only. First come, first serve until we run out of food.
No cost to those in need, however donations will be accepted to aid in future community support.


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents who need help feeding their families during the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater access to assistance from food banks and pantries through a Disaster Household Distribution program approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

The disaster distribution program uses commodity foods from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and is effective from today through May 14, 2020. The goal is to increase access to food assistance to those in need. Priority will be given to Hoosiers who are suffering significant economic losses.

During the COVID-19 response, food banks and partner agencies have largely shifted to drive-through distributions. Through the DHD program, current TEFAP food banks will use the network of new and existing mobile pantries to distribute food packages to families in need. It is anticipated a total of 250 sites, including mobile pantries, will assist with food distribution throughout the state, primarily in rural areas. Marion County will use Indianapolis Public School buses, community centers and a drive-through location at Gleaners Food Bank to ensure that families have easy access to food resources.

Each household receiving food through this program can receive one prepackaged 25-pound box that includes a variety of foods, including, but not limited to, canned and packaged fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, noodles, beans, nuts, juices and meats. If frozen and/or refrigerated storage is available at a site, those items also will be distributed.

Individuals should contact their local food bank or pantry to determine whether they are participating in the DHD program. For additional information, please visit wic.in.gov or find a food pantry near you by using Indiana’s food assistance map.

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 !

APRIL 10, 2020


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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