NEWSROOM

 ​​WEEK OF October 25 - 29

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MONDAY ​​ 




COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER UPDATE


Starting Monday, October 25th the Scott County Health Department will start providing Moderna, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and Pfizer booster doses. We will also continue to provide primary series doses. All vaccines will be administered in our drive-thru clinic.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
o 65 years and older
o Age 18 and older who live in long term care setting
o Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions
o Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings
For individuals who received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 2 or more months ago and is 18 or older, it is recommended to get a booster dose.
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Starting tomorrow, Sunday, October 24th, appointments can be made online for all booster doses by going to https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/en-US/
We highly recommend making an appointment but they are not required. However, we will ONLY be providing COVID-19 vaccines during these days and times.
Mondays- 3pm to 5pm
Thursdays- 1pm to 3pm
Fridays- 9am to 3pm (lunch break noon to 1pm)
*Holidays may affect this schedule*



SCOTT COUNTY ANGEL TREE PROGRAM


The Scott County Angel Tree program is taking applications for assistance with Christmas gifts for children as well as food baskets for the elderly and disabled. Applications will be taken on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1054 Clay Street in Austin.
The deadline for applications is November 1. Those signing up must have a photo ID, proof of income, and the children's information for Angel Tree (name, age, etc.). If the child you are signing up is not your child, guardianship papers will also be needed.



Scott County Museum is a pie sale!


Order your homemade pie now by calling 812-752-1050 or at least before the November 19 deadline. Flavors are apple, blackberry, cherry, peach, pecan, pumpkin, raisin and strawberry. All ordered pies can be picked up at the Museum at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg, on November 23 and 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost is a $10 donation for all but the pecan, and that is a $20 donation. You expecting family this Thanksgiving? They’re expecting PIE! Get on that phone and call now!! If you leave a message, be sure to leave your contact information. And thank you for supporting your Scott County Museum!



October is Socktober!


Lexington Elementary Student Council is collecting socks for the homeless. You still have time to donate. We will be collecting socks until October 28th. The class that gets the most socks donated will win a class treat!



RAMP CLOSURE


Rain delayed the ramp closure of I-265 westbound ramp to I-64 westbound. The overnight ramp closure is now planned for 11 p.m. Monday, 10/25 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, 10/26. The one-night ramp closure will allow crews to safely perform the pavement work. This ramp shutdown occurs before the full directional closure of I-64 Westbound. The upcoming 9-day westbound closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge will begin on October 27. Westbound I-64 will be closed from 3 a.m. Wednesday, October 27 to 3 a.m. on Friday, November 5.





TUESDAY


​​TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




Cat of the Week: 

Autumn is such a beautiful kitten. She has such pretty shades of brown. She is a very calm kitty about 6 months old. If you would like adoption information for Autumn, please call 812-595-1089. Www.sisaveapet.com

Dog of the Week:
 Olive is a beautiful dog full of energy. Olive is around a year old beagle hound mix. Olive loves other dogs. She appears to be house broken and knows how to sit. Good dog for a young family. Olive is up to date on shots and spayed. For adoption information on Olive please call the Humane Society of Scott
County at 812-752-7500. www.sisaveapet.com


HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176  NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG




Scottsburg Main Street


Roughly - 248 hours until or 11 days and 2 hours before Haunted Downtown and Trunk or Treat starts - October 29 at 6:00 PM! It's not too late to register your business, church, organization to pass out candy to the ghouls and goblins roaming the street of Scottsburg with their parents.
If you need to register call 812-752-9211 to get your business, church or organization registered this week! We will begin assigning spaces on Monday, October 25 for the official parents map.




Statehood Day Essay Contest

The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book, is holding its annual essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day. The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private or homeschooled student, in the 2021-2022 school year. This year’s essay should be a response to: Indiana’s Great Outdoors! Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Winners of the essay contest will be honored at the Indiana State Museum's Statehood Day Celebration on Dec. 10. Entries are due by Oct. 22. 



Scott County Community Foundation


Registration is open for Leadership Southern Indiana's FOCUS program! The one-day Southern Indiana snapshot will take place Nov. 9 and covers several sectors in the community including health and wellness, education, government, economic development, history and heritage, tourism and culture, and leadership.
We have partial scholarships available - contact us for more information at 812.752.2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org. Registration and information can be found here:
https://leadershipsi.org/programs/focus/






 

WEDNESDAY





Scottsburg Main Street is excited to announce a list of businesses registered for Scottsburg Haunted Downtown & Trunk-or-Treat coming Friday, October 29 to downtown Scottsburg from 6-8 PM.
Java Station
Time Zone Pizza Arcade
Bree’s Blessings
Gracie’s Goodies
Working Class Tattoo Parlor
United Way of Scott Co.
Scott Co. Community Foundation
National Youth Advocate Program
Scott Co. Sheriff’s Posse
Scott Co. Visitors Commission
Re/Max Ability Plus – Lesa Jones
Taylor Rose Salon
Nathan Thompson DMD
Trendee Salon
Stillwater Individual & Family Therapy Services
Julian Property Maintenance
Quality Title
The Twisted Rose
Stewart Hougland Funeral Home
Kovener & Associates Real Estate Co.
Scott Theater
Scott Co. Mortgage
Moxie Music Center
Scott Co. School District 2
SMS Builders Club
Dirt Boys
Scott Co. Heritage Center & Museum
Benchmark Family Services
Sunshine House
Registration is requested for participation. All efforts will be made to facilitate all request for around the square, but it may become necessary to utilize the Scottsburg Train Depot for additional space as space is assigned on a first come first served basis.
If your business has not registered, please call (812) 752-9211.
If you r business is not located on the square and you would like to participate call and get your business registered, we will make room for you.






 

THURSDAY


Clifty Falls of Fear Weekend


Clifty Falls State Park will celebrate Halloween with its Clifty Falls of Fear Weekend Oct. 29-31. Halloween crafts will be available to make on Friday evening. Saturday’s events will include a campsite decorating contest, fire department chili cook-off, pumpkin painting, costume contest, campground trick-or-treat, and a jack o’lantern walk. We’ll wrap up the Halloween events on Sunday with a fall photo scavenger hunt, and the final Tunnel Tour of the season. Find more details at on.IN.gov/CliftyFalls




JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILL BE PASSING OUT GLOW IN THE DARK NECKLACES


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will be giving out glow in the dark necklaces to kids Monday, October 25th, through Friday, October 29th, between 8a-4p @ 317 Walnut Street.
On Halloween the Sheriff’s Department will be passing out candy at the Office starting at 6p. We will have a table setup and you won’t be able to miss us with our lights on.
Safety Tips:
1: Stay in groups
2: Watch vehicle traffic
3: Go to houses and locations you know.
4: Have a trusted adult check all candy before you eat it!
The Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween!





The Town of Clarksville has set October 30th, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm for Trick or Treating.


The Clarksville Police will have additional units patrolling neighborhoods. Please use caution when walking in the streets, report any vehicles operating unsafely.



SHERIFF GOODIN CHALLENGE


Sheriff Goodin has a  challenge to all Scott County businesses and residents... He and his team want to see "Your County and Community Pride!"
He's challenging everyone to take some time to clean up your building, clean up the trash around your building, get the trash out of your yard or ditch, show your neighbors and friends you have pride in your business and home!




FRIDAY ​


Hunters can donate deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers

Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.  Participating in the program is simple: Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
Harvest a deer. rop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.
The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries. 
As a result of the 2020 deer hunting seasons, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund provided funding to process more than 360 harvested deer that resulted in more than 20,650 pounds of venison being donated. 
For information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, please visit sbf.IN.gov.



CASA of Scott County


We are in full swing with our 2021 Annual Campaign! So far we have raised $13,689.56. Our goal for this year is $30,000! We are not quite half way there and the abuse and neglected children of Scott County need your help to have a voice in court. These funds help us maintain our office needs so we are equipped to serve the children of Scott County. You can give on PayPal at this link and select friends and family as your donation so there are no fees taken out of your donation. Thank you for your support!
https://paypal.me/casaofscottcounty?locale.x=en_US



SR 3 closure planned next week near Charlestown


The Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to close a section of SR 3 in Clark County on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to complete pipe replacement work. The road is expected to close from approximately 8 AM to noon between SR 362 and SR 62 in Charlestown. Thru traffic will be routed to SR 362 and SR 62 during the closure.
As always, motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free in and near all work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change



GHOST TOURS


With the haunting season nearly upon us, the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is home to two or three spirits. In the early 1800’s the state of Indiana was required to provide residence for the poor and disabled. The building in which the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is housed was built in 1892 for this specific purpose. The building would remain at capacity until 1973, when the last inmate was moved out. The building then became county offices and court while the courthouse was under renovations. The building sat empty until the Preservation Alliance took possession of the building to be used as the present-day Scott County Museum. Since the early 1970’s people working in the building have reported hearing footsteps, voices call out their names and even a few actual full-bodied apparitions. The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum does conduct Friday and Saturday night paranormal investigations.
2 Hour Ghost Tour:
$10 per person with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 15. Reservations are required.
6 Hour Paranormal Investigations:
$20 per person with a maximum of 10 people.
50% deposit is required 2 weeks in advance to secure your tour type.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will allow video recorders, voice recorders, EMF meters, still cameras, ghost box and other such devices. BUT absolutely NO Ouija boards are permitted on the grounds.
To schedule your tour or investigation experience call 812-752-1050 or email museumghosttours@gmail.com
100% of tours costs go to support the Museums operation costs.



New Safe Exchange Zone Opened by the Sheriff’s Office


Scott County-Working in cooperation with the Scott County Commissioners, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has created a “Safe Exchange Zone,” for the exchange of children when child custody disputes are involved. The “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used by folks who sell items on social media and need a safe place to meet the person they are either buying from or selling to. The “Safe Exchange Zone’s” uses are really unlimited. The “Safe Exchange Zone” features a marked designated area directly across (west) of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The “Safe Exchange Zone” has fully functional recording cameras and these cameras are monitored 24 Hours a day. Once you get to the area of the Sheriff’s Office you can follow the signs to the “Safe Exchange Zone”. Sheriff Goodin stated, “This is just another thing that we can do to help our citizens feel and actually be safer”. Sheriff Goodin also wanted to thank the Scott County Commissioners for allowing the Sheriff’s Office to build the “Safe Exchange Zone” in their parking lot.



Hoosiers invited to continue donating items to Afghan evacuees

As cold weather approaches, Hoosiers are asked to consider donating needed clothing and infant supplies to help Afghan evacuees temporarily housed at Camp Atterbury in Johnson County. Donation sites have been established across the state, but Hoosiers are encouraged to consider coordinating their own collection effort at their place of business, school or social service organization. Thousands of evacuees remain housed at Camp Atterbury, including many families who escaped Afghanistan with nothing but the clothes on their back. With cold weather approaching in Indiana, new coats and warm clothes, along with baby and hygiene items, are in critical need. More than 40 percent of the population at Camp Atterbury is under the age of 14. Indiana has a strong social service presence with a long history of stepping up and supporting causes when needed the most. If you belong to or participate in such an organization, you are encouraged to help support Operation Allies Welcome by collecting items to help the cause. Any organization or business seeking to make a large donation and cannot deliver to a designated site should contact the Indiana Department of Homeland Security at privatesector@dhs.in.gov.

New items are accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following Indiana National Guard armories:

Evansville: 3300 E. Division St.
Greenfield: 410 Apple St.
Terre Haute, 3614 Maple Ave.
Danville: 1245 E. Main St.
Muncie: 401 N. Country Club Road
Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 W. Kessler Blvd. North Drive
Fort Wayne: 130 W. Cook Road
South Bend: 1901 Kemble Ave.
New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road

In addition to cold weather clothing of all sizes, the following items are being accepted at the armories because they have been identified as needed the most. The items should be in their original packaging:

Men’s and women’s unbranded, modest clothes such as long sleeve t-shirts, underwear, pants and jackets in sizes small to large. No shorts or tank tops.
Children’s clothing, including baby and newborn clothes, hats and socks
Powdered baby formula
Socks, hats, shoes and slide-on sandals (no flip flops) for evacuees of all ages

Anyone wishing to donate additional items through Team Rubicon can find more information here.

Monetary donations are being accepted by Team Rubicon and the American Red Cross:

 








 

 

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT AT BIG OAKS NWR July 31, 2021 

 

Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers! These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when you come to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count. Thirty-seven species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count. Those attending should meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, July 31st at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association would be appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time you wish to spend in the field. Some folks may choose to join us for the entire day; others may want to make it a half day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks. 

                                                                                                 

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 excellent 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.  

 

Go on a nature walk or a birding tour, participate in fishing or a special hunt, enter a photography or wildlife art contest, or simply enjoy the splendors of nature at one of the nearly 550 national wildlife refuges.   

 

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 nearly 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 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 Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.  




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