Sharon Parker 

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020​

Indiana State Police Investigate Police-Involved Shooting in New Albany

New Albany - September 12, 2020:   At approximately 1:30 Saturday morning, New Albany Police Department dispatched officers to a domestic disturbance call at 109 Gordon Drive off Green Valley Road in New Albany.  Shortly after arriving at the scene, a New Albany officer fired upon and struck a male suspect who was then transported to University Hospital.  Indiana State Police (ISP) detectives and crime scene technicians were contacted to investigate. As a result of their preliminary investigation, ISP detectives believe both subjects from the initial domestic disturbance call had separated, and the male suspect was sitting in a running vehicle in the driveway area on the backside of the property.  As a New Albany City officer approached the car, the suspect attempted to run over the officer with the vehicle, but the officer was able to jump out of the vehicle's path and was not struck.  The suspect then attempted a second time to hit the officer with the car, and the officer fired his department weapon in self-defense and in defense of other officers on the scene, striking the driver. After the driver was struck, the car crashed through a fence in the back yard and traveled several hundred feet before colliding into the side of a Floyd County 4-H fairgrounds building.  Officers responded to the crash, and the suspect was taken by ambulance to University Hospital.  This case is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed as of the time of this news release.   The investigation will include both the initial domestic disturbance call and the subsequent officer-involved shooting.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.  Officers from the Indiana State Police were assisted by units from the New Albany Police Department and the New Albany Fire Department. 

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross Issues Call for Volunteers to Fill Urgent Disaster Response Needs

Indianapolis—The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross seeks volunteers to help address the many disaster response activities across the U.S. It has been two weeks since Hurricane Laura devastated east Texas and Louisiana, and people are still suffering. Thousands of people are still staying in emergency lodgings because they cannot return home. Historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington, where tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. The Red Cross is working closely with partners to provide emergency lodgings, food, water, relief supplies and other support to individuals and families affected in the hardest hit areas. To further ramp up support for those reeling from disasters, the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has fast-tracked its Disaster Action Team (DAT) training and set up virtual delivery capabilities so new volunteers can learn basic response and recovery skills and quickly deploy to a disaster location. Before committing to training, disaster response volunteers should be willing and able to:

Accept a two-week deployment;
Live in a communal space (i.e., a shelter); and
Work 12 hours per day, 6-7 days each week.“People depend on the Red Cross in times of need, and currently the needs are great. We’re strengthening our cadre of disaster responders so it is trained and ready to go,” said Chad Priest, regional CEO of the American Red Cross—Indiana Region. “Kindness and compassion are the main job requirements for most of these roles. We can quickly teach everything else.”
To join the Red Cross mission and receive expedited training to provide essential services to those in need, go to: www.redcross.org/volunteertoday or call (888) 684-1441.

Benchmark Family Services needing Foster Parents

Benchmark Family Services is in need of loving families to become licensed foster parents. We provide all the training and support necessary. Must be 21 years of age, and able to pass background checks. Please contact me by phone or PM for additional information. (812) 418-7313

LWA unemployment benefits to be paid beginning week of Sept. 21

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 11, 2020)  – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will begin making Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) payments to eligible claimants beginning the week of Monday, Sept. 21. LWA is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide $300 per week to supplement unemployment benefits for those who have an unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and are out of work due to COVID-19. LWA funding will only cover the six-week period from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 5. No LWA funding will be available to states beyond that time period.  Indiana will make payments the week of Sept. 21, covering the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, for those eligible. For those claimants with issues holding payment, DWD will make payments, pending funding availability, once eligibility is established. Since March 8, DWD has paid a total of $4.9 billion to nearly 670,000 Hoosiers. 

 SEPTEMBER 15 , 2020


Meet Coal, Coal is a special needs kitty. Isn't Coal beautiful! Coal is blind or has limited eyesight in his right eye. That does not prevent Coal from being a playful kitty. He loves to do all the kitty things, play, chase toys, pounce his friends and cuddle with his humans. If Coal is tugging at your heart and you would like him to be part of your family, please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500. You can see Coal in action with his friends. www.sisaveapet.com



Meet Maximillian. Max is a Redtick Coonhound and just 9-10 months old. Max is full of energy and ready to find his forever family to play with. If you need a companion for another active dog, consider Max. Max would be best if not in a home with cats. If you would like to have a meet and greet with Max. Please call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500. PLEASE SHARE. FINDING MAX A FOREVER HOME MEANS A NEW DOG OR PUPPY CAN BE RESCUED. www.sisaveapet.com





Scottsburg, IN — The Scott County Family YMCA has kicked off its Annual Campaign, with a goal of $75,000 this year – an increase over last years goal.  To date, over $33,000 has been raised. “The annual campaign helps to sustain the YMCA so we can continue to provide a wide offering of programs for youth, families and seniors, as well as provide some of the financial assistance dollars for people of all ages and all income levels to join the YMCA and participate in our programs.  “Y memberships and programs are available on a sliding scale so all Scott County residents can participate” said YMCA board of directors chairman Greg Prince. “We increased our campaign goal because there is a greater need due to challenges caused by outside issues, especially the Covid 19 pandemic resulting in a 2-month closing and increases in operating expenses.” Member Joe Smith was one of several people who said the YMCA has changed his life for the better. He commented that exercising and staying healthy are important to his quality of life. “ I like the Y because I can visit with old friends and make new friends. The Y is just not a building, it’s based on a mutual need by everyone who comes to the Y. The Y is all about the relationships I’ve established. The Y is the place where I can get out of the house in a safe place, where you are taken care of and can bless people. It’s important for both my mental and physical health.” CEO Jon Hill, who has worked for various YMCAs for 30 years, stated “A successful campaign will help keep the YMCA running smoothly and keep its sliding-fee scale low income families intact for the next year. Hill, who became CEO in February of 2020 has seen the local Y grow from a store front operation using community facilities to the present building. “I have seen kids grow up in the Y and  I see adults working out today who were in Y programs as kids. Four generations of families have been served by the Y and this will continue for future generations. Currently, 51 percent of YMCA members and up to 65 percent of children in its programs receive assistance with their fees, he said."


The next Farmers to Family's Food Box giveaway will be held this Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Scott County Fairgrounds. The Giveaway will begin at noon. This is for Scott County residents only.


SEPTEMBER 16 , 2020

Scott County Elections & Voter Registration

Early voting will be at the Scott County Public Library located at 108 S. Main Street, Scottsburg. From October 6, 2020 to November 2, 2020 (November 2 only closes at noon) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch from noon till 1 p.m. Also on two Saturdays October 24 and October 31 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. Voting will be closed on October 12 for Columbus Day.

Seeking volunteers for charitable food network locations across Indiana

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is teaming up with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry to encourage Hoosiers to volunteer at one of Indiana’s food banks and other charitable food distribution sites. Volunteers will be urgently needed as members of the Indiana National Guard will end their temporary, six-month deployment to aid Indiana’s food banks on Sept. 30, 2020. Since being deployed in early April, guardsmen served more than 36 million meals to more than four million Hoosiers. The charitable food distribution network operates 13 regional locations across the state, which provide food for distribution to community-based pantries. These locations continue to face an increased demand for food by Hoosiers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the early days of the pandemic, food banks have seen dramatic drops in volunteers as Hoosiers stayed home, which was especially true among Hoosiers over age 60, who make up the bulk of food bank volunteers. Some volunteers have returned to help on a limited basis, but food banks and pantries are now prepared to again use volunteers regularly to safely distribute food. We ask you to help us by informing your networks of the need for volunteers. Hoosiers can volunteer by filling out a brief form at OperationFood.IN.gov. 


​Mark Your Calendar Pollinator Day 2020 September 19th 10a.m.-3p.m. at https://www.sunnysidemg.org/pollinator-day Youth up to age 12 can receive an activity packet. Follow this link to register for the packet: https://bit.ly/38UxfxR Packets must be picked up on the afternoon of Sept. 18th at the Purdue Extension Office of Floyd County (3000 Technology Ave. New Albany, IN 47150). For more information call 812-948-5470 or email gmanders@purdue.edu Live webinars: 10a.m. Hannah Durham– Bee the Difference; Citizen Science and Pollinators 11a.m. Chase Kimmel-Pollinator Importance and Conservation 12p.m. Gina Anderson and Lesa Smith- Fall Gardening for Pollinators 1p.m. Roger Thomas-Our Forgotten Pollinators 2p.m. Brad Westrich– Help Indiana Bats

Fall Garden Cleanup Webinar 

Scott County Purdue Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources, Tom Springstun, recently stated that there will soon be a free webinar about Fall Garden Cleanup. Do you have questions about cleaning up your garden for the winter to better prepare it for planting next spring?  If so, you should plan to join the Fall Garden Cleanup Webinar presented by Jeff Hermesch, Purdue Extension Ag. & Natural Resources Educator in Decatur County on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 beginning at 11:30 am to discuss garden chores, tools and equipment, cover crops, and soil testing.  Jeff will also be available to answer your fall garden questions.
To join the webinar and/or to receive the webinar recording, pre-registration is required by Monday, September 21, 2020 by visiting http://bit.ly/2020fallgardencleanup. 
For questions about the webinar, contact Purdue Extension – Decatur Co. at jhermesch@purdue.edu or 812-663-8388, Purdue Extension – Jackson Co. at rbeckort@purdue.edu or 812-358-6101, Purdue Extension – Lawrence Co. at odavis@purdue.edu or 812-275-4623, or Purdue Extension – Washington County at dhowellw@purdue.edu or 812-883-4601.  
For more info on other Yard or Garden topics, contact Springstun at tsprings@purdue.edu, the Scott County Extension Office located in Suite G-30 of the Courthouse in Scottsburg, 1 E. McClain Ave, or phone call him at (812) 752-8450.         

Mammography Grant Continues for Scott County

Through a collaboration between Scott Memorial Health and Norton Healthcare Foundation, the long standing Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust Grant is available for the residents of Scott and surrounding counties. Since 2006, the community has received nearly $150,000 in grants to provide screening mammograms and diagnostic breast procedures. Early detection of breast cancer is key to surviving the disease. The grants provided by the Indiana Breast Cancer Trust help ensure that Hoosiers have access to these important cancer screenings. The sale of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate provides funds to award grants throughout the state. The license plate fee is $40 and the funds help provide mammogram screenings for members of the community that are struggling financially. Many people get the plate to honor a loved one that has fought breast cancer and to contribute to saving lives in the community. Since 2006, there have been 9 women diagnosed with breast cancer through the grants awarded to the community. The grant is one of the main weapons in the fight against breast cancer for community members who are not insured or are financially compromised. Women in the community who have no insurance, no wellness benefits, or a high insurance deductible are encouraged to apply. Each applicant has to be approved by the project director. Grant staff has used their years of experience to make this process fast, friendly and easy. “We know the women in our community are busy with their families and jobs, but it is important to take time to get this important cancer screening,” stated Hope White, Project Director. Anyone who is interested in applying for a mammogram through the grant can call

Brown County State Park launches auto tour

Brown County State Park has created a way for guests to experience Brown County State Park’s unique cultural and natural history from the comfort of their own vehicles. The park’s Auto Tour guides guests to five stops along the park’s south loop. Signs will be posted at each location. Guests will start at the Nature Center and journey along the main park road to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp area, the two nature preserves in Brown County State Park, the state-endangered yellowwood tree, and Kelp village. There are several vista overlooks along the drive. To access this tour, go to the Brown County State Park Website (on.IN.gov/browncountysp) and click on Photos, Video & Audio at the bottom of the page. The link includes audio for the tour as well as a map to help you navigate. In total, the tour should take about an hour, longer if you decide to get out and look around at each stop. Please adhere to park speed limits and other park signage throughout the tour. This tour can also be completed on a bicycle if you’re looking for more exercise. Brown County State Park is at 1405 S.R. 46 W., Nashville, IN 47448.

Scott County Alcohol Board hearings moved AGAIN to September 23 at Courthouse

The Scott County Alcohol License Hearings on behalf of Dollar General Store and LeRoy’s Grocery/Deli, both in Lexington, and CVS in Scottsburg, is now September 23. Each store has requested a license be issued by the local board that will allow them to sell warm beer and wine. The hearings will begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Suite 128 on the first floor of the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg

Scott County Public Library

Do you still have items checked out on your library card? If so, please allow a 72 hour quarantine for safety before they are checked in and removed from your account. If your items have not be removed after 3 days from your account, please don't hesitate to contact us at 812-752-2751 and we will be glad to assist you.

2021 Lilly Scholarship Application Available

The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available for all residents of Scott County who will graduate from either Austin or Scottsburg high schools by the end of June 2021. The scholarship program is available through the Scott County Community Foundation. All applications must be submitted online. The link to the application can be found in the Scholarships and Grants menu (Scholarships sub-menu) on the Community Foundation’s website, www.scottcountyfoundation.org. The online portion of the application will be due on Friday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. Applicants will then be required to write and submit two essays in person at their choice of Austin or Scottsburg high schools, with the date to be determined. Students will receive one writing prompt in advance, and one extemporaneous topic will be given during the night of the essay. Students may attend either session to write their essays regardless of where they attend school.
The Community Foundation is also hoping to host a workshop to explain the FAFSA and scholarship application process. More information will be provided as the schools continue finalizing back-to-school plans. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program provides full tuition, required fees and a special stipend of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Thirty-nine local students have been named recipients since the program started in Scott County in 1998. The Scott County Community Foundation is located at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. For information, call 752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org.

September 17, 2020

Traffic switch planned Today on U.S. 50 in Seymour
All cloverleaf ramps at I-65 to close, temporary ramps and signals operational

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Milestone Contractors is continuing work on the $15 million pavement reconstruction contract that began in late April along U.S. 50 in Seymour. Traffic shifts took place along the corridor last month, and an additional shift is planned for Thursday (Sept. 17), weather permitting. U.S. 50 from Sandy Creek Dr. to U.S. 31 / I-65 Ramps and Temporary Signals
On or after Thursday, all traffic will be moved to the westbound side of U.S. 50 as crews begin reconstruction work on the eastbound side of the roadway.


The City of Madison is offering free COVID-19 diagnostic testing at the Senior Center until October 2nd. This site provides testing for up to 132 individuals per day free of charge without an appointment, symptoms, insurance, or a doctor’s note.
The testing center is located at the Senior Center, 208 W. Main St. The site will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until October 2nd. However, the site will close each day from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide staff with meal breaks. The testing site is managed by OptumServe and follows all CDC and State of Indiana COVID-19 guidelines. While walk-ins are accepted, residents are encouraged to register for testing online. LHI.Care/covidtesting is the preferred method for registering and requesting appointments. It is available 24/7. The Call Center is only available during the test site hours of operation for select residents that do not have internet access. The phone number is 888-634-1116. Appointments are encouraged; patients arriving at the event site without a scheduled appointment will be registered by event staff upon arrival at the facility.


Centerstone is open and our clinicians are here to help anyone who may be experiencing stress, anxiety, substance use issues, depression or another mental health condition, and we will continue to provide these services during the COVID-19 crisis. We are providing most services via telephone or telehealth (video conferencing), so the process if very easy. Locally, you may also call

1-877-HOPE 123.

September 11, 2020

Scott County Community Foundation

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 last session, “The Nonprofit Board of Directors That Works,” will be held on Sept. 15.   “We are pleased to continue our nonprofit workshops for the fourth 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.


Do you know about THRIVE, 
Scott County’s Recovery Engagement Center?

First Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg                 HOURS Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm
This ‘Resource Hub’ offers a variety of services including Treatment Referrals (inpatient/outpatient), HIV/HCV/STD testing, Care Coordination, Linkage to Medical, Mental Health, and/or MAT Care, and connecting clients to community services and recovery groups. Peer Recovery Coaches bring the lived 
experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision to assist clients in initiating and maintaining recovery, as well as helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.
Contact:  ScottCountyTHRIVE@gmail.com 

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