​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​APRIL 16, 2018

“WWI Aviation Repair Depot” Indiana State Historical Marker Will Be Dedicated in Speedway, Indiana

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating a WWI Aviation Repair Depot is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The marker dedication will begin at 12:45 pm just south of 1151 N. Main St., between Gilman St. and Ford St. in Speedway, Indiana 46224. Parking for the event will be available along the adjacent streets in the area. U.S. entry in WWI spurred rapid aviation expansion in the country. Due to city's strategic location to military airfields, railroads, and industry, U.S. Army opened an aviation repair depot here in early 1918. 809th, 810th, 811th, and 821st Aero Squadrons repaired, modified, and tested training aircraft and engines. The Speedway provided hangars and a flight test field. Speedway area became an innovative aviation hub during WWI. Work at the depot increased pilot safety and aircraft structural integrity. Italian Pomilio Bros. Corp. developed aircraft here for the Liberty engine produced by Nordyke & Marmon with parts by Allison Experimental Co. The depot repaired 313 planes and 350 engines in 1918. By fall 1920 it ceased operations. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this state historical marker that examines Indiana’s contributions to the war effort. 2018 marks the centennial of the end of WWI. The Aviation Repair Depot demonstrated the importance of ground aviators – those working behind the scenes – to keep the country’s pilots in the air. The depot, located in Speedway, was bordered by Main St. on the west, 14th St. on the north, present-day Polco St. on the east, and roughly contemporary Ford and 10th St. on the south. State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages. For over 100 years the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the State of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Over 630 of these markers have been installed over the years.

A suspected drunk driver drove eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-70 for nearly one mile before striking a semi, critically injuring the passenger.

Around 3:30 this morning Indiana State Police Dispatchers began receiving 911 calls reporting a wrong way driver on I-70 near the 91 mile marker. Moments later those calls turned to reports of a serious crash at the 92 mile marker. Emergency crews arrived to find the aftermath of a high speed head on collision between a 2009 Hummer H2 and a semi tractor-trailer. The driver of the Hummer, 26 year old Moran Cuculisa Yener Oswaldo of Indianapolis was pulled from the wreckage by officers from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. He was alert and conscious and transported to Eskenazi Hospital with minor injuries. The passenger in the Hummer, 29 year old Angel Jesus Tzuy Pop was entrapped in the vehicle and required extrication by the Indianapolis Fire Department. He was transported to Eskenazi and is listed in very critical condition. The driver of the semi, 52 year old Ricardo Duran of California, was not injured.  I-70 was closed for nearly five hours while the crash was investigated and the wreckage was removed. This is an ongoing investigation with no further information to release at this time. The driver of the Hummer has been arrested on the preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. Troopers will work with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to determine formal charges. 



Paula J. Robison, 70,
of Nabb, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  She was born on April 29, 1947 in Salem, Indiana, the daughter of the late James Jones and Betty (Jones) Oakley.  Paula graduated from Paoli Junior Senior High School and then earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Indiana University. She was a retired social worker for many different agencies, enjoyed gardening and watching TV in her spare time.  Paula was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. "Charlie" Robsion; her mother and stepfather, Betty and Phillip Oakley; her father, Jim Jones; a brother, William "Ted" Oakley and a stepbrother, Larry Jones.  Survivors include her son, Ronald Nadeau, Jr. and wife Bobbie of Laurel, Delaware; two daughters, April Meadows and husband James of Carrolton, Kentucky and Faith Campbell and husband Edward of Columbus, Indiana; two sisters, Karen Forbes of Hawesville, Kentucky and Brenda Grimes of Bedford, Indiana;  a stepsister, Marsha Blackburn of Paoli, Indiana; a stepson, Chad Robison; eleven grandchildren, Benji, Josh and Taylar Nadeau, Tyler Maness and Ashley Deaton, Cody and Spencer Campbell, Sara Dempsey and Sean Meadows, Elizabeth and Tanner Cheek and twelve great grandchildren, Gracie, Braylyn and Josie Nadeau, Draven and Wyatt Maness, Carley, Brooklynn and Aubree Deaton, Brantley Campbell, Kayden Schlachter, Gabby Phillips and Kyrra Dempsey. Funeral Service: 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana with Rev. Danny Jackson  officiating.  Visitation: 10 am to 1 pm Tuesday at Collins Funeral Home.   Interment will be in Lexington Cemetery.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

APRIL 17, 2018

SR 56 Project Underway At Scottsburg

SCOTTSBURG, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for a $786,192 project to repair and resurface State Road 56 between U.S. 31 and 4th Street began removing sidewalk sections today (APRIL 16) in advance of constructing ADA-compliant curb ramps at 31 locations in Scottsburg. INDOT officials anticipate pavement repairs and milling/paving operations will start in mid-May. 

Schneck to Host Program on Alzheimer’s Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior

Seymour, Ind.—If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder, Schneck Medical Center and the Alzheimer’s Association invite you to an education program on understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior. Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. The program will be held on Thursday, April 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Schneck Auditorium. Refreshments will be served. We understand that caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia is incredibly stressful. We hope to support your ongoing health and ability to cope so you can be in a better position to help the person you love. For more information or to register, please call 812-523-5877. Please leave a message if your call is not answered and someone will call you back.





 Please visit our WMPI Scottsburg Facebook page and Share so we can find our new homes. Meet our Tail Wagging Tuesday Pets of the Week. Lil' Annie our dog of the week. Annie is a middle aged Walker Hound. Her and her friend Ginger were turned in to the shelter as a result of a divorce. They are needing room to roam. They can be adopted together or apart. The photo is of Annie. She is a very sweet girl!. Our cat of the week is Randy. Randy is a cute little black and white fella' Loves being petted and is also a very sweet kitty. Randy is approx. 1 -2 years old. 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.

APRIL 18, 2018 


New Albany-The next of kin for Sharon L. Pinkston has been located.

New Albany-Last night around 7:30 pm, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg responded to a crash on Interstate #265 near the 5.5 Mile Marker in Floyd County. The preliminary crash investigation shows a 2007 Chrysler mini-van, being driven by Sharon L. Pinkston, 71 years of age, from Dayton, OH, was travelling West when for an unknown reason the car she was driving crashed into the rear of a 2001 Lexus being driven by Megan Jewett, 21 years of age, from Floyds Knobs, IN. After striking the 2001 Lexus the Chrysler mini-van went off of the North side of the roadway striking a tree. The driver of the 2007 Chrysler mini-van, Sharon L. Pinkston, was transported to and pronounced dead at the Kentuckiana Medical Center located in Clarksville. The driver of the 2001 Lexus, Megan Jewett, was not injured. At this time, it is unknown, what caused the deceased driver to crash. An autopsy will be performed on Thursday to determine if the driver suffered a medical emergency.  The next of kin for Sharon L. Pinkston could not be located. Anyone who may know Sharon L. Pinkston, a black female, 71 years of age with an address in Dayton, OH is encouraged to contact the Clark County Coroner’s Office at 812-285-6282. Ohio authorities have been notified. This investigation is continuing.

Turkey Hunt Opportunity Being Offered to a Wounded American Veteran (Fayette County)

Indiana Conservation Officers would like to share a great opportunity for a wounded American Veteran to partake in a guided turkey hunt. Steve Davis, Fayette County, is offering the opportunity for a wounded American Veteran to turkey hunt. Steve is offering a guided turkey hunt on private property within Fayette County and has purchased and adapted a hunting trailer to be wheel chair accessible. The trailer is designed to be taken off-road and placed as a hunting blind to assist with difficulties of movement by the hunter. Steve has utilized this trailer since 2001 and he hopes to pass the opportunity along to others having the same challenges getting into the woods. Don and Dave Steinard are friends of Steve and are willing to help with the hunt as well. The hunt is planned for April 28th and 29th, which is opening weekend this year. For further information or to request an opportunity to hunt with Steve and the Steinard brothers contact Conservation Officer Travis Stewart at the number below or by email at: tstewart@dnr.in.gov. If a large number of requests are received, the results will be based on a random draw.

Vote NOW Vote Often! Austin Community Park Vying for $50,000 grant to Refurbish Ball Field

The Austin Community Park has been selected along with three others across the nation to compete for a $50,000 grant. The grant dollars will be used refurbish one of the fields’ diamonds. If the grant is received, the field would be reworked and a plan of maintenance put in place to include personnel, ranging from volunteer youth league coaches to high school baseball players. A part-time groundskeeper would also be added. Anyone can vote for Austin to receive the grant. Visit http://mlb.com/scottsfield  Follow the simple instructions and support the park and its plans. Supporters can vote once a day every day through 12 midnight on April 30. According to J.D. Buchanan, Scott County Little League had about 350 children involved in 2017. He credited Austin’s success in reaching the final four in the grant program supported by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Scotts Company L.L.C. to Austin High School baseball coach Matt Bayes. Bayes found the Field Refurbishment Program on-line. He wrote the application and created the video submitted. Coach Bayes also talked to young players about playing the game. Background information was collected by Buchanan, who has served on the Parks Board since the early 2000s. He and his brothers played ball through Little League as did his son. From what Buchanan has learned about the program, the Scotts Company and the MLB teamed up to promote community interest in baseball and softball. The Field Refurbishment Program has provided youth with modern, playable fields for several years. Austin Community Park is the first finalist, as far as Buchanan knows, to be located away from a large metropolitan area. The Austin Parks Board was selected as a finalist from over 350 grant applications submitted across the U.S. The four finalists also include fields in Los Angeles, in Kansas City and in Passiac, NJ. Please take the time to vote every day right up to the deadline on April 30.

APRIL 19, 2018

Bridge Restrictions To Start In Mid-May

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation officials met recently at Seymour District offices with contractor representatives, subcontractors and design engineers to schedule mobilization for an $865,000 bridge rehabilitation project on U.S. Highway 150 in Floyd County. Work is slated to begin in mid-May.  Dave O’Mara, Indiana’s contractor, will hydro-demolish the exiting bridge deck at U.S. 150’s 3-span slab structure over Richland Creek, located just east of State Road 335 in Greenville Township.  The North Vernon contractor will then install a new 1¾-inch latex modified concrete bridge deck, reinforce highway shoulders and pour new bridge approaches.  Motorists will experience up to 130 days of single-lane restrictions.  Temporary signals at either end of the U.S. 150 Richland Creek structure will regulate one-direction-at-a-time traffic flow.  U.S. 150 has a traffic count of 7,820 vehicles per day at the construction site.

Governor Eric Holcomb Directs Flags To Be Flown at Half-Staff 

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former First Lady Barbara Bush. Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of her burial, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor her.


APRIL 13, 2018

Trash Bash! Ushers in Spring Clean-up
INDOT and community partners plan beautification weekend April 13-15

The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced that the agency’s annual Trash Bash! will take place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15. Trash Bash! brings INDOT crews together with volunteers to beautify the state’s roadside areas by cleaning trash and debris. On average, INDOT invests about $4.3 million and more than 60,000 labor hours to pick up litter on state highways each year.
On Friday, April 13, INDOT maintenance staff across the state will direct their focus toward litter collection on roads with high-traffic volume, such as interstates and divided highways. INDOT urges individuals, organizations, businesses and active Adopt-a-Highway groups to join maintenance staff on two-lane roads with lower traffic volume anytime between Friday, April 13, and Sunday, April 15, in our monumental effort to beautify our roadside areas. To be part of Trash Bash!, contact INDOT customer service at 1-855-463-6848 or by email atindot@indot.in.gov. Volunteers will be connected with an INDOT Trash Bash! coordinator to receive:

An assigned cleanup location;
A briefing on roadside safety;
Safety vests to be worn at all times;
And trash bags

All trash bagged by volunteers will be collected and disposed of by INDOT crews. “Whether volunteers are interested in helping with one mile or ten miles, INDOT welcomes the help of Hoosiers in making our roads look their best,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. “Please consider partnering with INDOT to make this a record-breaking statewide beautification effort.” While Trash Bash! is an annual, three-day event, INDOT offers opportunities for Hoosiers to help keep roadside areas clean year-round. The Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway programs are great opportunities for volunteering, community service projects, and offer a highly visible option for showcasing your business or non-profit group. Motorists are reminded to look out for work crews and volunteers along Indiana highways. When drivers encounter a work crew, they should slow down, be alert for changing traffic patterns, and always avoid distractions such as cell phones while driving.

Commiskey Man Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with a Minor

Jefferson County-Yesterday, Indiana State Police Detectives arrested a Commiskey man on two charges of sexual misconduct with a minor after a four month investigation. The investigation by Detective Chris Howell began in December 2017 when Indiana State Police Detectives were contacted after allegations of sexual misconduct were reported.  The investigation determined that between August 2017 and December 2017, William M. Hardin, age 43, Commiskey, Indiana, allegedly sexually abused a female juvenile while she was 14 and 15 years old at Hardin’s residence near Commiskey in Jefferson County, Indiana. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was presented to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.  As a result, the Jefferson County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant on April 9th for William Hardin on one charge of sexual misconduct with a minor, level 4 felony, and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor, level 5 felony.  Hardin was arrested around noon yesterday without incident.  He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he was incarcerated, pending his initial court appearance in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Hoosier Highways Get Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning season is here and that means more than 90 percent of INDOT’s maintenance staff and over 100 volunteers will be out in force to pick-up litter along Indiana state roads, US highways and interstates this Friday, April 13. In the past, INDOT maintenance staff have worked with the Indiana Department of Corrections crews and together the joint crew has picked up 22,123 bags of trash in the past five years, with 7,346 being picked up in 2017 alone. INDOT spends an average of $5.8 million to accomplish litter pick-up every year on the state’s 11,000 center lane miles of roadway. “Keeping Indiana highways free from litter is no easy feat,” said INDOT Greenfield District Deputy Commissioner Todd May. “But we take pride in our roads and maintaining outstanding roadsides for motorists. We could not do it without our staff, volunteers and motorists doing their part to keep our roads clean.” INDOT asks that all drivers be aware of the work zones that will be in place along the many heavily travelled routes and to move over and slow down to ens CLARK & FLOYD COUNTIES—Indiana Department of Transportation’s mowing contractor will begin 2018 operations in Clark and Floyd counties on Saturday (APRIL 14).   Initially, crews will work along Interstate 65 from I-265 to the Kennedy and Lincoln bridges, then north to the Sellersburg exit—performing full-width mowing, trimming and litter removal activities.  Mowing operations also are scheduled for:

I-64 from Georgetown to the Sherman Minton bridge
I-265 from I-64 to State Road 265
S.R. 265 from I-265 to New Albany  Pike
Browns Station Way from Randolph Avenue to I-65

INDOT officials advise motorist to be alert for tractors/mowers, vehicles and workers entering and leaving roadside areas. This is the first of four mowing cycles within the $212,000 contract awarded Whites General Contracting of Winamac.

Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle from Indy

Southern Indiana-Yesterday, shortly before 5:00 pm, The Indiana State Police at Versailles received a call from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department that a reported stolen vehicle was south bound on Interstate #65 near Seymour. The vehicle, a maroon Chrysler 200, was stolen from a car lot in Indianapolis when it was not returned during a test drive. Troopers from the Sellersburg and Versailles State Police Posts located the vehicle at a gas station in Austin, (Exit #34). When troopers attempted to stop the car, it fled from troopers back south bound on Interstate #65. As the vehicle was fleeing, it struck another vehicle, causing minor damage. While troopers and officers from other agencies pursued the vehicle south on the Interstate, the driver was able to avoid five sets of stop sticks and speeds reached a maximum of up to 140 miles per hour. Near the 14.8 Mile Marker in Clark County, troopers, other officers and a Good Samaritan box truck, were able to trap the stolen vehicle in and force it to a stop. Marty S. Clark, 30, from Indianapolis, was arrested and transported to the Scott County Jail where he was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle; Resisting Police by Fleeing in a Vehicle; Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash and Reckless Driving. Marty S. Clark allegedly stole the vehicle so he could get to Florida.


Glen Moore, 81, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on July 9, 1936 in Beattyville, Kentucky, the son of the late Everitt and Georgia (Baker) Moore.  Glen graduated from Lee High School in 1952 and then attended Berea College.  He was a retired employee of Indiana State Highway Department in Scottsburg, Indiana and also had worked at Jeff Boat in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Glen was a Christian, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post # 234 in Scottsburg, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Smith) Moore on May 10, 2017; a brother, Albert Moore and a sister, Betty Boutash.  Survivors include a son, Jeffery Moore and wife Julie of Sullivan, Indiana; a daughter, Lisa Bridgewater and husband John of Scottsburg, Indiana; a sister, Shirley Moore of New Albany, Indiana; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Everett Sebastian (Alaine), Alec Branstetter, Jeffrey Moore, Matt and Stephen Bridgewater, Bayli Bridgewater and Erica Moore and five great grandchildren, Marley Mykal Sebastian, Lincoln Everitt Sebastian,  Addison Grace Eldridge, Jordyn and Jaren Moore.  Military Graveside Services will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Austin, Indiana.  A Celebration of Glen's Life will be held from 1 to 5 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the American Legion Post # 234 in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Services were entrusted to Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana. Memorial Contributions to: American Legion Post # 234 Ladies Auxiliary c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.





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