​​​​​​FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Project 421 
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host a public hearing regarding the Environmental Assessment (EA) for U.S. Route 421 proposed new road construction (Project 421) in Madison, Indiana, Jefferson County. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Brown Gym, 100 Broadway Street, Madison, Indiana 47250. A formal presentation will be given by the project team at 6:00 p.m. (local time). Doors will open to the public beginning at 4:00 p.m. (local time) with an informal open house session where members of the project team will be available to present project materials and address questions. The public hearing is an opportunity for interested persons to review the environmental documentation and related materials which include the identification of a preferred alternative. The public hearing is also an opportunity for the public to provide comments regarding Project 421 and have those comments entered into the official public record for review and consideration. As part of the public comment process, written comments will be accepted during the open house session(s) with verbal statements to be accepted during a public comment session immediately following the formal presentation. Verbal statements will be limited to two minutes to accommodate as many speakers as possible. Project 421 is the study of the half-mile section of U.S. 421 through Madison that approaches the Milton-Madison Bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Madison and Milton, Ky. The purpose of the project is to select a route that best addresses the safety concerns, mobility challenges and pedestrian connectivity needs of Madison. The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and the identification of a preferred alternative. In addition, the EA includes information regarding community and environmental impacts related to the proposed project including the Section 106 finding of “adverse effect”.  INDOT is soliciting comments for the Project 421 EA document and encourages the community to attend and participate. The public comment period for the EA begins on February 1, 2018 and will end on March 7, 2018.  INDOT respectfully requests that comments be submitted or postmarked by that time. Comments regarding the Project 421 EA may be sent to the following locations: (1) INDOT Seymour District Customer Service Center, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, Indiana 47274 and/or via email tosecommunications@indot.in.gov; (2) INDOT Office of Public Involvement, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N642, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204; via email to rclark@indot.in.gov. A copy of the EA and other project information is available for review online, please visithttp://www.Project421.com to view the document. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to accessibility to project documents and participation at the public meeting venue, are encouraged to contact INDOT’s Office of Public Involvement (317) 232-6601 rclark@indot.in.gov.Persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring assistance related to accessing project documents and participation at the public meeting venue are also encouraged to contact Office of Public Involvement. Persons representing an ADA and/or LEP population are encouraged to contact the project team with regard to coordinating services such as language, visual and audio interpretation services. We respectfully request advance notice should ADA and/or LEP services be required. 

I-65 Public Information Meeting Wednesday Evening at Seymour

BARTHOLOMEW & JACKSON COUNTIES—A public meeting is scheduled to take place next Wednesday (FEB 21) at Seymour’s Holiday Inn Express, 249 N. Sandy Creek Drive, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about Indiana Department of Transportation’s $143 million Next Level Roads project on Interstate 65 between Seymour and Columbus.  Operations for this added travel lanes project will begin soon. 
INDOT officials and representatives from E & B Paving, the state’s prime contractor, will be on hand to discuss project details, construction phases, traffic restrictions and tentative timelines. “The I-65 Southeast Indiana Best Value Project” is being designed to completely reconstruct I-65 as a 6-lane roadway between U.S. Highway 50 and State Road 58.  From S.R. 58 to the S.R. 46 exit at Columbus, the existing highway will be repaired and resurfaced.  In addition, there will be significant work at 27 bridge sites along the 17-mile section between mile markers 50.0 and 67.0.

Savannah's Law Passes House Committee 9-0

Senate Bill 100, which I authored, passed out of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation with a 9-0 vote earlier this week. SB 100, better known as Savannah’s Law, would allow fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, to test vehicular carbon monoxide levels at the request of Hoosiers free of charge as a public service. The Bettis family has been promoting carbon monoxide testing and donating equipment to fire departments since the day their daughter was tragically killed in a car accident as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. I am grateful John and Wendy Bettis are so diligent in helping prevent other tragedies from happening in Indiana. This pilot program tested almost 1,000 vehicles in Wayne Township. By allowing this voluntary service, we hope to bring statewide awareness to Savannah’s story. Savannah’s Law is supported by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, and motorists are often not aware when their vehicle has an exhaust system leak. Even low-level exposure is hazardous to long-term health, and higher concentrations are downright deadly. This proposal can and will save lives.  SB 100 now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.

Vernon Lee Couch, 85, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Scott Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 29, 1932 in Busy, Kentucky, the son of the late Brack Couch and Jesse (Feltner) Couch.  Vernon was a retired laborer from Arvin's Industries in Columbus, Indiana, where he worked for 22 years and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.  He enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing solitaire and spending time with his family and grandkids.  Vernon was preceded in death by a son, Terry Lee Couch; seven brothers, Elmer, B.J., Kenneth, Bradley, Eugene, Clifton and Rollie Couch.   Survivors include three sons, Wesley Couch of Texas, Jeff Couch and David Couch both of Scottsburg, Indiana; a sister, Alva June Adkins of Austin, Indiana; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Dawn Couch and Alexander Larry Couch and a great granddaughter, Alayna.  Funeral Service: 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Collins Funeral Home with cremation requested following his services.  Visitation: 4 to 6 pm Wednesday at Collins Funeral Home.   Entombment will be at a later date in Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Austin, Indiana.   Memorial Contributions to: Disabled American Veterans or Wounded Warrior Project c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

Lee Bridgewater, 89, a native of Scottsburg, Indiana, died on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Hampton Oaks Health Campus.  He was born on August 6, 1928, the son of the late Forest "Chub" Bridgewater and Frances (Morgan) Bridgewater.  Lee was a graduate of Scottsburg High School, Class of 1948.   He was married on Oct. 10, 1953 to Bertha Riley of Austin, Indiana, at the First Baptist Church in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Lee worked as the head usher at the old Indiana Theatre and Scott Theatre for 15 years and also at the old U.S. Shoe Factory in Crothersville, Indiana.  He retired in 1989 from Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, where he worked in Quality Control for 26 years.   Lee was active in the Democrat Party for many years, serving as a Scott County Councilman for 8 years and a Scottsburg City Councilman for 15 years,  He was a member of First Baptist Church in Scottsburg, Indiana since 1940, where he served as a Deacon and on many other committees for over 70 years.  Lee was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a life and charter member of the Scott County V.F.W Post # 6582, a member of the American Legion Post # 234, the Odd Fellows Lodge # 555 for over 60 years joining in 1948 and the Scott County Genealogical Society.  In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by four brothers: Ivan M., Orville, Harold and Forest Bridgewater and two sisters, Marjorie Cox and Freda Bobbitt.  Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bertha Bridgewater; a son, Gregory Lee Bridgewater and wife Deborah of Huntington, West Virginia; a sister, Alberta Bridgewater of Scottsburg, Indiana; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann (Bridgewater) Sturm and her husband Robert of Hurricane, West Virginia and Brian Lee Bridgewater and his wife Karrah Aubry of Fayetteville, West Virginia and three great grandchildren, Tybenn, Ella and Eva Sturm.   Funeral Service: 1:00 pm  on Wednesday at Collins Funeral Home with Pastors, Irmal Elliott, Phil LaMaster and Kevin Sills, officiating.   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday and after 11 AM on Wednesday.  Interment will be in Scottsburg Cemetery with Full Military Honors.  Memorial Contributions: First Baptist Church c/o Collins Funeral Home, 465 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN 47170.   Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net.

Kelley Robbins, 64, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.  He was born on November 6, 1953 in Scottsburg, Indiana, the son of the late John M. Robbins Sr. and Goldie Pearl (Comer) Robbins.  Kelley graduated from Scottsburg High School in 1971 and then earned his Bachelors Degree in Horticulture from Purdue University.  He was the owner and operator of Robbins' Landscaping and Nursery in Scottsburg, Indiana for 42 years and a member of the Church of the American Martyrs in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Kelley served as a Scott County Councilman for 27 years and is currently a Scott County Commissioner, which he has been for the last 3 years.  He was a member and past President of the Scott County Economic Development Board, a member of the Southern Indiana Solid Waste District and the Knights of Columbus Council 8052.  Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jean (Mulcahy) Robbins; a daughter, Katie Sawin and husband Jared of Scottsburg, Indiana; a son, Kyle Robbins of Scottsburg, Indiana; three brothers, John M. Robbins, Jr. and wife Sharon and Daniel Robbins all of Scottsburg, Indiana and Dennis Robbins and wife Pam of Kissimmee, Florida; two sisters, Deanna Trowbridge of Versailles, Indiana and Sharon Prall and husband Thomas of Scottsburg, Indiana and two grandchildren, Finn and Maeve Sawin.  Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 am Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the American Martyrs Catholic Church with burial in Bethel Cemetery in Leota, Indiana.  Visitation: 4 to 8 pm Monday at Collins Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions to: Kelley Robbins Endowment Fund for Public Health c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana.  Online condolences:www.collinsfuneralhome.net


FEBRUARY 20, 2018

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind.—Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives this morning at Seymour District offices to review plans for a $1.8 million resurfacing project at Columbus on State Road 46.  Milestone, the state’s contractor, is charged with repairing the east-west roadbed with full-depth concrete patches, altering the existing median curb and resurfacing the one-mile segment of S.R. 46 between C.R. 350W and rail tracks west of S.R. 11.  All work will be done at night.  Motorists should expect to encounter short-term lane restrictions on S.R. 46 and at least one overnight I-65 ramp closure.  The Columbus-based contractor’s tentative timeline calls for pavement repairs starting in early April. Milling and paving operations should be completed by the end of August. 

The Scott County Partnership is currently recruiting adult volunteers with specific careers to speak with students who are considering certain career pathways. 

Career Day provides students with the essential knowledge and skills for the Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in helping students create individual plans of study for a complete range of career options. By helping students discover their interests and passions, it empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career. “Career Day is a great program for Scott County students”, says Special Events Coordinator, Kim Richie. “If students can get a vision and plan for their future, it not only gets them headed in the right direction, but also draws them away from risky behaviors.”
Volunteers are needed from the following career areas: Agriculture, Architecture, Construction, Arts, Audio Visual Technology, Communications, Business, Marketing, Education, Training, Health Science, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, Engineering, and Transportation. Career Day volunteers will speak at Austin High School on April 5 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and at Scottsburg High School on May 3, from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. If you would like to help students explore their career possibilities, please email kim.richie@scottcountypartnership.org or call/text Kim Richie at 812-820-0909 as soon as possible.  For additional information, please contact:

Kim Richie
Youth Services Coordinator
Scott County Partnership

Two County-Five Agency Pursuit-Two Captured-Drugs Located 

Southern Indiana-This morning at approximately 11:30 am, Clarksville Town Police attempted to stop a Ford Mustang for expired license plates when the Mustang fled north on Interstate #65. Troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg joined the pursuit and chased the Mustang north on Interstate #65. Troopers attempted to deploy stop sticks near the 28 Mile Marker near Scottsburg in Scott County, but the driver of the Mustang avoided the stop sticks. The Mustang exited the Austin Exit, (Exit #34), and travelled east on State Road #256. At this point troopers called off the pursuit for safety reasons because the pursuit entered into heavy traffic and the direction of travel was towards the Austin schools. The Mustang continued travelling on State Road #256 through Austin at a high rate of speed and when the Mustang left the city limits, the Austin City Police, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department and the Scottsburg City Police started pursuing the Mustang again. As the Mustang exited State Road #256 at Bethlehem Road, (approximately four miles East of Austin), it pulled into a driveway near New Frankfort Road. The occupants exited the Mustang and fled on foot where they were apprehended shortly after. The driver, Trevor Scott King, 29, from Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville, was arrested by Scottsburg City Police on the charges of Driving While Suspended, Fleeing Law Enforcement, Criminal Recklessness and an out of county warrant. He was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail. The passenger of the vehicle, Seth Tyler Willet, 27, from Camelot Court in Jeffersonville, was taken into custody by the Scottsburg City Police. He was transported to the Scott County Hospital for observation after he allegedly swallowed a controlled substance in an attempt to hide it from the police. Charges will be pending against him. This investigation is continuing as troopers will be seeking charges in Clark County on both subjects. Troopers located alleged Marijuana beside Interstate #65 along the pursuit route that had allegedly been tossed out of the window of the vehicle as it was being pursued.





A couple of sad stories this week. Our Cats are Tigger and Blondie. They were surrendered after their owner was taken to a Nursing Home. Blondie has come out of her shell and is very friendly. Tigger still seems very sad. They are front declawed, fixed and are about 5-6 years old. Our dog Mr. Handsome's owner passed away. Such a sweet, beautiful dog. Mr. Handsome prefers women. He is not aggressive, but seems to shy away from men. He is 8 years old. House trained. Please consider one of our Pets of the Week as your new family member. You can call the Humane Society at 812-752-7500. Thank you for sharing last weeks pets. They were both adopted!

INDOT Kicks off 2018 Paint the Plow Campaign

Program seeks to pair local units with middle or high school art programs to paint a snow plow blade INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the kick off of its 2018 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT’s Winter Operations all year long. Each INDOT District invites art classes/programs from middle and high schools to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found at http://www.in.gov/indot/3427.htm. In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program. Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state.

Indiana Healthy Indiana Plan extended for one month

Governor Eric Holcomb said today Indiana has received an extension to continue operation of the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan through Feb. 28. The current HIP program was set to expire Jan. 31. “We had hoped to receive approval of our expanded HIP program by Wednesday. We’re close but we are still working through the final details of our new plan with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “This extension allows us to continue HIP until the waiver application is approved. Our more than 400,000 HIP participants will see no change in service.” Indiana submitted a HIP waiver application in January 2017 and filed an amendment in the summer.  When the waiver is approved, Indiana will expand treatment options to Hoosiers impacted by the drug epidemic, enhance opportunities to connect eligible HIP participants to meaningful employment and community engagement, and ease administrative burdens for HIP members. In the event there was an extended federal government shutdown, CMS notified the state on January 22 that the current HIP program would continue through February. HIP was created in 2007 by Gov. Mitch Daniels and has since become a model for the nation. The program focuses on improving health outcomes and reducing the costs of healthcare delivery for all who participate. Gov. Mike Pence expanded the program in 2015 as Indiana’s alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion. 


Holcomb Visits Anderson to See & Hear Regional Workforce Success Stories Firsthand 

Gov. Holcomb today toured the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Anderson, Indiana and learned about the facility’s certificate and degree programs for adults and college-age students. He also participated in a roundtable discussion with state and local officials as well as education, community and business leaders. The goal of the visit was learn about successful, locally-developed programs to skill-up Hoosiers and put them to work in high-demand, high-wage careers.

FEBRUARY 21, 2018

Help Preserve a Piece of Indiana State Police History

The Indiana State Police Alliance (ISPA) is seeking donations for a building restoration project. ISPA recently received a grant through the Indiana Historical Society for the preservation of a historic weigh station located on the Indiana State Police Museum’s property. An additional $2,500 must be raised by the ISPA in order to complete this refurbishment project. Your donation to the ISPA athttps://www.gofundme.com/ispmuseumweighstationrestorationproject   will help restore this important piece of Indiana State Police History. The restoration project includes replacing the paneling, installing new doors and windows, as well as repairing the roof. Once the project is complete the building will be used for future exhibits and programs. The weigh station was originally constructed in the 1950s for the Indiana State Police. Weigh stations were the work stations for Weighmasters; civilian officers who enforced federal and state laws regarding large vehicles such as trucks and buses. Their duties included inspections of the driver’s paperwork, safety inspections of the mechanical aspects of the vehicle and weighing the vehicles to ensure they were in weight compliance.
The original weigh stations were closed in the 1990s and replaced with new buildings that accommodated the changes in vehicle size, weight and updated technology. The weigh station at the ISP Museum is the last original weigh station and a significant part of the Indiana State Police history thus making its preservation extremely important. Donate today to at https://www.gofundme.com/ispmuseumweighstationrestorationproject and be a partner in the preservation of ISP’s past. To learn more about the Indiana State Police Alliance, visit this link:http://www.indianasfinest.com/

4-H Junior Leaders Diaper Drive

The Scott County Jr. Leaders are a 4-H Club comprised of 7-12th graders focusing on community service and giving back to their community.  At their last meeting, they scheduled to work during spring break at the CRADLE pregnancy resource center.  Jr. Leaders are hosting a diaper drive so they have items to donate when they work.  If you would like to help, diaper donations can be delivered to the Extension Office (Suite G-30 in the courthouse) between 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Monday through Friday before March 27th. 


The extreme fluctuation of temperatures dipping above and below freezing the past few weeks has created prime conditions for potholes on Indiana interstates, U.S. routes and state highways. To deal with potholes in the most aggressive and efficient manner, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be allowing crews through the state to close travel lanes where necessary during daytime hours, including during peak travel times for priority repairs. 
Where possible, crews will limit their daytime work hours and try to avoid working in travel lanes during peak times.  However, motorists might encounter maintenance crews making priority repairs any time, day or night.
How a pothole forms Cracks develop in pavement from aging, traffic wear and winter freeze-thaw cycles. Potholes begin when water seeps into these cracks and freezes, expanding the layers of pavement, stone and soil. As the ice melts and contracts, heavy highway traffic further loosens the pavement, forming potholes. 

Preventing potholes
When the Indiana Department of Transportation is not clearing snow, ice or storm debris, its crews are focused on maintaining and protecting the state’s roads and bridges. Sealing and repaving projects prevent water from seeping into the pavement and forming potholes. In 2017, INDOT crews crack sealed more than 1,400 lane miles and chip sealed more than 500 lane miles of pavement to prevent the forming of potholes.

Pothole patches
With temperatures too low for paving, most of Indiana’s hot-mix asphalt plants are now closed. During the winter INDOT uses cold mix, a mixture of small stone and liquid asphalt, as a temporary patch.
Even after being filled with cold patch, the same pothole requires ongoing maintenance and can reopen several times throughout the winter. When the asphalt plants reopen in the spring, INDOT maintenance crews clean out and then repair potholes with hot mix, providing a smoother, more permanent fix.
INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when encountering pothole-patching crews.

Report potholes
To report a pothole on a numbered state route, interstate or U.S. highway, contact your regional INDOT district or follow the “Report a Concern” link at potholes.indot.in.gov or on the INDOT mobile app.
For potholes on city streets or county roads, please contact the proper city or county maintenance department. 
Stay Informed Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018


Japan-Owned Manufacturer Expanding in Jackson County, Adding Jobs

CROTHERSVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 7, 2018) – Aisin Drivetrain (ADI), a Japan-owned manufacturer of automotive and heavy equipment parts, announced plans today to expand its operations in Jackson County, creating up to 47 new jobs by the end of 2018.  "Global companies like Aisin Drivetrain continue to find success in Indiana, and they provide good jobs for Hoosiers," Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. "We'll continue sharing our economic success story and ensuring businesses like Aisin Drivetrain have access to our skilled workforce and pro-growth business environment."
The company, which is a subsidiary of Kariya, Japan-headquartered Aisin Seiki Co., will invest more than $16 million to expand its manufacturing operations at 1001 Industrial Way in Crothersville. ADI, which manufactures automotive components and systems such as industrial transmissions, commercial transmissions and power steering columns, will renovate and purchase new equipment in order to accommodate design changes for steering columns and other automotive components being incorporated by its customers. The company will supply parts for vehicles such as the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES, and plans to begin work on upgrades later this month. "Aisin Drivetrain is proud to be a major contributor to the local Crothersville community, including Jackson County and Scott County, Indiana," said Scott Shade, executive vice president and company officer for ADI. "ADI maintains a diverse, equal opportunity working environment to facilitate professional growth. ADI strives to provide a stable working environment for its employees and their families. Crothersville is an ideal site to support Aisin’s company operations with its easy access to Interstate 65 and its close proximity to major cities. This allows ADI to work closely with its customers. Hoosiers work hard; ADI works hard in A State That Works!"  ADI employs more than 382 full-time Hoosier employees at its Crothersville facility with plans to complete hiring for manufacturing positions in August. New positions are expected to offer competitive wages. Interested applicants can apply by mailing resumes to the Crothersville facility or completing an application in person. Since 2008, ADI has invested nearly $80 million into its Indiana operations. Aisin Seiki, which is part of the Toyota Group, designs and manufactures automotive and industrial parts as well as lifestyle and energy products. The company is one of the top ten global automotive suppliers, producing a variety of parts including transmission, brake, engine and IT units. Aisin employs more than 115,400 peopleacross the world, including approximately 3,934 in Indiana. Including ADI, Aisin has 10 companies in Indiana, including Aisin USA Manufacturing in Seymour, Aisin Chemical Indiana in Crothersville, ATTC Mfg. in Tell City, ADVICS in Terre Haute, Aisin Logistics in Franklin, and INTAT Precision in Rushville. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered AISIN Drivetrain Inc up to $425,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Crothersville will consider additional incentives at the request of the Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation. "Any growth in our industry is good for the community," said Crothersville Town Council President Danieta Foster. "We are pleased with this news and look forward to continuing to support, in any way we can, our industrial community." ADI is one of more than 280 Japanese business establishments in Indiana that employ more than 58,000 Hoosiers. Among all U.S. states, Indiana has the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita. Last year, 40 foreign-based companies committed to locating or growing in Indiana, planning to create 5,607 new jobs for Hoosiers.


INDIANAPOLIS – A key Indiana House panel has approved legislation authored by House Democratic Leader Terry Goodin (D-Austin) that would relieve some of the burdens facing the court systems in Jefferson and Scott Counties. House Courts and Criminal Code Committee members passed House Bill 1275, which would provide for magistrates in the courts in both counties. The appointments would be made by the circuit and superior court judges in each county. “To say this legislation is desperately needed by the court systems in both counties is an understatement,” Goodin told committee members. “Both Scott and Jefferson Counties rank in the top ten in terms of court caseloads, and the assistance has been needed for quite some time. The increase is almost directly due to the drug epidemic that has caused so much harm across southern Indiana. Since the idea of adding the magistrates was first broached last summer during discussions by the Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary, Goodin’s proposal has received resounding support from judges in both counties, as well as officials at the state level. “If we are to be serious about addressing the drug crisis in Indiana, we must be diligent in providing our justice system with the tools it needs to do its job effectively,” Goodin concluded. The measure now moves to the full House for consideration.

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

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 the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff until Monday.

Lucas Phillips Mobile Office hours

Lucas Phillips, a Representative from Todd Young's office, is having "mobile office hours" next Tuesday, February 20 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Scottsburg Library and then from 2 to 4 pm at the Austin Library.  These times are for local constituents to share about any issues they've had accessing federal services, for example a veteran who cannot get an appointment at Veteran Affairs. He will be writing up a report that will go directly to Senator Young, so it could be a good opportunity for anyone to share their thoughts, concerns, needs, etc.


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