Sharon Parker 

AUGUST 10, 2020​

S.R. 11 interchange at I-65 to close Aug. 10 for reconstruction project in Jackson County

"Dog bone" interchange to be built under 99-day closure

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor E&B Paving Inc. plans to close the S.R. 11 interchange at I-65 in Jackson County (Exit 55) on or after TODAY, Monday, August 10, to begin work on a $7.8 million reconstruction project. Under the 99-day closure, all entrance and exit ramps, as well as the S.R. 11 overpass will be closed to traffic while existing ramps are removed and the area is reconfigured to a "dog bone" interchange. The new interchange will feature two single-lane roundabouts with interior truck aprons on either side of the S.R. 11 overpass, resembling a dog bone from above. "Dog bone" interchanges allow free-flow thru movement and also accommodate left and right-turns via the two roundabouts. These types of interchanges also increase safety as intersection conflict points are significantly reduced, vehicle speeds are slower, stop signs and signals are eliminated, and traffic is able to move more efficiently through the area. The interchange project is a safety improvement being added to the $143 million added travel lanes contract on I-65 between Seymour and Columbus, following a pattern of serious crashes at or near the interchange, including three fatalities. By utilizing the existing contract and contractor, the work can be completed in a quicker time frame, providing benefits to motorists sooner rather than later. The official detour for the closure will follow S.R. 46 in Columbus to U.S. 31 to U.S. 50 in Seymour. The interchange is expected to reopen in November. Drivers are reminded to slow down, use extra caution and travel distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.

Austin Man Arrested for Child Molestation

Scott County – During the evening hours of Tuesday, August 4, 2020, officers from the Austin Police Department arrested an Austin, Indiana man on a warrant for Child Molestation following an Indiana State Police investigation. Detective Josh Banet launched an investigation in June of 2020 after he was contacted by the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Austin Police Department and learned of possible inappropriate or illegalconduct involving a minor. During the investigation, Banet gained probable cause to believe sexual conduct occurred between Richard Girardot, 54, and a child on two separate occasions in May and June of 2020. The alleged incidents occurred at two separate locations in Austin, Indiana. At the conclusion of the investigation, Detective Banet requested an arrest warrant for Richard Girardot on two counts of Child Molestation with a Child under Fourteen, a Level Four Felony. On Tuesday evening, officers from the Austin Police Department arrested Girardot at his residence.  After his arrest, Richard Girardot was transported and remanded into the custody of the Scott County Jail without incident.  Detective Banet was assisted by case workers with the Indiana Department of Child Services and officer Shiloh Hurt from the Austin Police Department.

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

Indiana State Department of Health

The latest #COVID19 case information for Indiana is now available on the ISDH website.
Here are the updated numbers:
🔹 Total positive cases: 74,328
🔹 Total deaths: 2,835
🔹 Tests reported to ISDH: 841,125
Learn more ➡️ coronavirus.IN.gov
For comprehensive information from Regenstrief Institute, Inc. regarding COVID-19 hospitalizations, click here: https://www.regenstrief.org/covid-dashboard/
For COVID-19 case counts by ZIP code with demographic overlays, click here: https://bit.ly/2BLS8zj.

AUGUST 11, 2020


The USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program will be providing food again this coming Wednesday(8/12 ). This program is for SCOTT COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. Please bring your ID with you. Only one food box will be available per Scott County ID per address.

*Wednesday 8/5  


START TIME TO BE ANNOUNCE.  Please understand that people have started lining up at both sites hours before the start and all boxes are first come, first serve.

Each box is *expected to contain:

🔹 1 gallon of milk
🔹 12 lbs of pre-cooked chicken nuggets
🔹 5 lbs of pre-cooked bbq pulled pork
🔹 4 lbs of pre-cooked bacon
🔹 5 lbs of onions
🔹 5 lbs of potatoes
🔹 5 lbs of oranges
🔹 3 lbs of cheese


✔️Must be a Scott County resident
✔️Must have ID
✔️First Come, First Served

*boxes may vary




Cat of the Week Gandalf

Gandalf is a beautiful grey kitten about 4-5 months old. Gandalf gets along with the other cats at the Humane Society and was ready to be photographed. He posed pretty for his picture as though to say, find me my new home. There are several cats and kittens at the Humane Society. Please give them a call if you are interested in Gandalf or would like to see the other kittens available for adoption. Humane Society of Scott County 812-752-7500.




Rocky is so cute. I wanted to bring him home with me. Rocky’s owner recently passed and Rocky needs a new home. He is 8 years old and has been an only pet. Rocky is a Poodle mix. Rocky is full of energy and does a cute dance. If you are interested in Rocky, please call the Humane Society of Scott County

at 812-752-7500.




AUGUST 12, 2020 

Gov. Holcomb announces next round of school bus safety patrols

 Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that more than 200 law enforcement agencies will be conducting extra patrols to safeguard students as they get on and off the bus this fall. Over the next couple of months, officers will be positioned along bus stops and routes looking for stop-arm violations and motorists driving dangerously. The overtime patrols are part of the state’s Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (SAVE) program, which was developed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute last year, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of the effort, officers will work with local school corporations and bus drivers to identify problem areas where the highest number of violations occur. “Police officers are stepping up their efforts to keep kids safe, but they can’t be in all places at all times,” Gov. Holcomb said. “School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. That means paying attention to the road and driving cautiously when buses are around.” In 2019, thousands of bus drivers in Indiana participated in an annual survey and reported more than 2,500 stop-arm violations in a single day. Taking that one-day total as an average, that means an estimated 450,000 violations could have occurred during the 2019 school year. In Indiana, it’s against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. This applies to all roads, with one exception. On multi-lane roads divided by a physical barrier or unpaved median, vehicles traveling the opposite direction of the bus may proceed with due caution. “Always err on the side of caution when it comes to school bus safety. If you’re not sure what to do, just stop,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “The best way to think about it is to drive like it’s your child boarding or riding that bus.” Working to address this issue, state lawmakers passed legislation last year that increased the penalty for stop-arm violations. Under the law, motorists can have their license suspended for 90 days or up to one year, depending on the number of previously committed violations. Additionally, today’s announcement comes one month after Indiana’s new hands-free device driving law went into effect – a key piece of Gov. Holcomb’s 2020 legislative agenda. The law prohibits motorists from holding mobile devices in their hands while driving, with the exception of dialing 911 in an emergency. “We’re sending a clear message that driving with anything less than your full attention is unacceptable,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is about preventing senseless crashes and making sure Hoosiers get from point A to B safely.” For a list of school bus stop safety tips, click here or visit www.nhtsa.gov.

S.R. 250 to close west of Patriot for slide repair in Switzerland County

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the closure of S.R. 250 in Switzerland County for a slide repair project. The road will close just west of Patriot on or after Wednesday, August 5, for two to three weeks while work is in progress. 
Under the closure, crews will stabilize 155 feet of roadway. The official detour will follow S.R. 56 and S.R. 156. Local access will be maintained until the point of closure. Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.

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.

Scott County Alcohol Board hearings moved to
August 26 at Courthouse

The Scott County Alcohol License Hearings on behalf of Dollar General Store and LeRoy’s Grocery and Deli, both in Lexington, and CVS is August 26. 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 August 26 in Suite 128 on the first floor of the Courthouse in downtown Scottsburg.

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.


The Scott County FARMERS MARKET will be set up THIS THURSDAY IN THE DEPOT PARKING LOT ON NORTH Main Street IN SCOTTSBURG from 12:00 - 2:00
We will be setting up this Thursday in the Depot Parking lot from 12 - 2 and at the Heritage Center and Museum on Saturday from 8:00 - 11:30.
This is working out great for the vendors. We thank you for supporting our local farmers. We have had great success with our new location and at the Depot on Thursdays. Please stop by and see us! Please note that you can park at the barn south of the Heritage Center and Museum and walk across the bridge to visit the Market on Saturdays. There is also parking across the road. The Heritage Center will be having a barn sale the first Saturday of each month. Lots of great items and bargains to be had!

August 13, 2020

Scott County Community Foundation

We are disappointed to announce that our Fiesta Casino Night fundraiser has been canceled. There are many restrictions required by the Indiana Gaming Commission, and we want to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests. Stay tuned for an online auction for all the items that were donated. Thank you for your continued support and understanding!

The Scott County Farmers Market TODAY 

The Scott County Farmers Market will be set up at the Depot parking lot on North Main Street TODAY, Thursday, August 13th from 12-2.

Activities Suspended at Rucker Sports Complex

Effective Wednesday, July 15th, the City of Madison Parks Department is suspending all activities at the Rucker Sports Complex until at least August 1st. This decision was made after being informed of two positive COVID-19 cases for participants of the complex. "Today, we learned that two individuals who have visited Rucker Sports Complex tested positive for COVID-19. Upon discussing these results with the Jefferson County Health Department and Mayor Bob Courtney, we believe the best decision for the community's health and those who use the facility is to suspend all activities at Rucker," said Parks Director Seth Pennington. As of today, all practices and games are suspended. This includes the city softball and baseball leagues and travel teams that use Rucker and other city parks facilities. All field rentals and tournaments will not be permitted during this time. Additionally, practices and games will not be permitted at John Paul Park. On August 1st, the parks department will re-evaluate this decision. All questions should be directed to the City of Madison Parks Department, 812-265-8308. Additional information pertaining to the two individuals who tested positive will not be shared.

Leota Country Frolic Announces its Cancellation for 2020

The board of the Leota Frolic Festival recently met and has made the decision to cancel the festival for this year. Leota Frolic is normally held the fourth weekend of August (August 21-22). The board is looking forward to next year and hopes to see everyone at the 2021 Leota Frolic.

Cradle Donations

For the past several years CRADLE has collected new and gently used toys throughout the year to use in a Christmas Store for young kids and babies whose families may not have the means to purchase toys for Christmas.  This year with the pandemic, donations of toys are way down for the first time ever.  If you have, or know of anyone who has, gently used or new toys they would like to donate to CRADLE, please drop them off at CRADLE or let Al Riggle know and he will arrange to pick them up al.riggle@yahoo.com
Please help if you can!

August 14, 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. 

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