NEWS


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MONDAY OCTOBER 16 , 2017



Indiana Department of Natural Resources


Calling all pumpkin designers! Paint, carve or decorate your pumpkin celebrating Indiana State Parks for a chance to win prizes! Share a photo (no filters, please) of your park-inspired pumpkin and why you created it. You’ll be entered to win a 2018 annual pass, lake permit, camping gift card or state park inns gift card. To enter, share your photos at Indiana State Parks w/the hashtag #INStateParksPumpkin. Get contest details atbit.ly/2wZJiG9.
Need a pumpkin to decorate? Find a Fall Festival, Halloween, harvest-oriented event to create a pumpkin to enter in the contest atbit.ly/2ysYP4W. 

 



TUESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2017 


Pets of the week:


Marbles is a Heeler mix and Twin cats Tilly and Tabitha. Marbles is house trained and approximately 10 months old. 

The kittys are around 8 months old and very loving! Call 812-752-7500 for information. Help find these adorable pets their forever homes. 







Austin Trick or Treat date










Jennings County Crash Claims One Life

Jennings County-Today, at approximately 8:45 am, the Indiana State Police and Jennings County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash on State Route 750 near County Road 200 North that claimed the life of a St. Paul, Indiana woman. The initial investigation by the Indiana State Police Crash Reconstruction Team determined that a tan 2012 Ford Passenger van, being driven by Christean M. Price, age 51, Seymour, Indiana was traveling eastbound on State Road 750, east of County Road 200 North.  For an unknown reason, Price’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a westbound black 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan, being driven by Angela M. Abston, age 49, St. Paul, Indiana.  The vehicles collided in the westbound lane of State Road 750.  After the collision, Price’s vehicle overturned and came to rest in the middle of State Road 750.  Abston’s vehicle left the north side of the roadway before coming to a stop. As a result of the collision, Abston sustained fatal injuries.  She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.  Price sustained serious injuries in the crash.  She was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.  Four other people traveling in Price’s vehicle sustained minor injuries.  They were all transported to St. Vincent’s-Jennings Hospital for treatment of their minor injuries.  State Road 750 was closed for nearly four hours for crash investigation and cleanup. The Price family has been notified. The investigation is ongoing. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, North Vernon Police Department, Jennings County EMS, Jennings County Fire, Indiana Department of Transportation, North Vernon Street Department, Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and Pearson’s Wrecker Service.



Thanksgiving Throwback Throwdown fundraiser


Rivalries and basketball fever will come together for a good cause at the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council’s third annual Thanksgiving Throwback Throwdown fundraiser! The Austin versus Scottsburg game will feature alumni from the schools battling for a coveted traveling trophy and bragging rights. Last year Austin men and women took home both trophies on Eagle ground.
​The big event will be held Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. at Meyer Gym in Scottsburg. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Concessions will be available. National Youth Advocate Program is sponsoring the Turkey Shoot-Out contest in between the games, with a $100 cash prize.
The YGC is still seeking players for the games. Current players include: Austin women: Ellen (Gabbard) Roberts, Brittany Smith, Kelly Hollan, Ashley Dowling, Jessie Davidson and Kaitlin Embrey; Scottsburg women: Carla (Westmoreland) Zellers, Christie (Hutchinson) Rarick, Patty (Hutchinson) Clancy, Jennifer (Miller) Morris, Jennifer (Collins) Donohue, Jamie (Collins) Beverly, Tia Deaton, Courtney Means, Katie Burch and Taylor Means; Austin men: Matt Hunter, Jeremy Holland, Derek Eldridge, Tyler Petersen, Ben Raichel, Ty Winchester, Andrew Clark, Cody Lesnet, Dakota Staschke, Markus Fleenor, Duncan Wooten and Kenton Embrey; Scottsburg men: Eric Mullins, Monty Stutsman, James Colwell, Johnney Coomer, Allen Barnett, Dustin Marshall, Josh James, Tony Amick, Derek Coomer, Cameron Collins and Cameron Schmidt.
Youth Grantmaking Council member Avery Kendall will do the honors of singing the National Anthem before the games. Cheer teams are being organized again; Scottsburg cheerleaders should contact Jason Kendall or Jennifer Craig, while Austin cheerleaders should contact Brittany Banister. Plans are in the works for an alumni band. All alumni, whether or not they play in the game, will be honored during halftime. Fans are encouraged to use #alumniweek on social media to share photos from the past.
Sponsors are still needed to help make this a successful fundraiser. Last year’s event raised $4,400, and allowed the YGC to fully fund every grant request they received for youth projects in Scott County. The YGC invites the entire community to a fun night of Hoosier hysteria and witnessing the greats play again!
​The YGC is a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, where youth learn about community service, leadership, teamwork, fundraising and grantmaking.  This past year the YGC awarded $8,642 in grants for youth-related projects. Please contact Jaime Toppe at 812-752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org for information, to sign up to play or sponsor the event.



WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18,

One Deceased in Washington County Crash

Washington County-Today at approximately 4:10 pm, a one vehicle crash occurred on North State Road #135 in Vallonia, Washington County. Trooper Tyler Matthew from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, the lead investigator of the crash, stated in his preliminary report, that a white 2005 Chevrolet work truck, (owned by Wright Implement of Seymour, IN), being driven by Matthew L. Bobb, 47, of Crothersville, IN, was traveling north on State Road #135 and for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway approximately 1,100 feet south of West Goat Hollow Road. When the vehicle left the roadway it crossed over a guardrail and became inverted over an embankment on the east side of State Road #135. The Washington County Coroner pronounced Matthew L. Bobb deceased at the scene. Assisting Agencies: Washington County Sherriff’s Department, Washington County Fire, Washington County First Responders and Washington County E.M.S.


INDOT Hosting 2nd Job Fair Tuesday At Falls City Sub

The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled a second job fair at its Falls City Subdistrict facility in search of snow plow truck drivers for the 2017-18 winter season. Applications will be taken and interviews given between 2 and 5 p.m. next Tuesday (OCT 24) at 5701 U.S. Highway 31 north of Clarksville.  Persons seeking seasonal employment are asked to bring a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), resume and high school diploma (or equivalent) and current medical examiner’s certificate.  A drug test will be administered.  Candidates will be interviewed and asked to create a state employment profile at the job fair.  Or they can create the state employment profile in advance at:  www.in.gov/spd. Successful applicants may choose full-time seasonal employment or on-call status.  Full-timers will work 37.5 hours per week—plowing snow and working as a part of INDOT’s wintertime maintenance staff.  On-call drivers will work only during snow/ice events—patrolling and plowing state highways and interstates in the area.           Although seasonal employees do not receive state benefits, both full-time and on-call drivers are eligible for overtime pay.
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. For highway information, monitor social media sites:www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 5, 2017


Ligonier man injured after fall from tree stand (Kosciusko County)
 
North Webster – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand accident that occurred around 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning October 5 in Kosciusko County.  Jimmy Ritchie, age 49 from Ligonier was preparing to hunt from an elevated tree stand before falling nearly 16 feet to the ground.  Emergency personnel from multiple agencies were on scene to assist with transporting Ritchie out of the woods.  Ritchie was airlifted to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne with leg and back injuries.  Ritchie was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident.  Agencies who responded to Ritchie’s aid include North Webster EMS, North Webster Fire, Parkview Samaritan, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana Conservation Officers. Falls from tree stands are the leading cause of deer hunting accidents in Indiana, accounting for almost half of all accidents.  Many occur while a hunter is ascending or descending from the stand.  With deer season upon us, Conservation Officers offer several safety tips while hunting from an elevated position.  Hunters should inspect their tree stands and hunting equipment to ensure they are safe before using.  They should also only use a tree stand that has the approval of the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA) and make sure to read the manufacturers warnings and instructions before installation. Hunters should wear a full-body, fall arrest harness system that meets TMA standards.  Single strap and chest harnesses should not be used.  Never leave the ground until the full-body, fall arrest harness system is on.  Always have three points of contact with the tree when climbing and descending. A hunter should never climb with anything in his hands or on his back.  A haul line should be used to lift a gun, a bow or other gear into the stand.  Firearms on a haul line should be unloaded with the action open and muzzle pointed downward. Other safety tips include hunting with a buddy, telling someone the exact location of your tree stand before heading into the woods, getting a full night’s rest before a hunt, and making sure a cell phone, whistle, flare or some other signal device is on your person at all times.  Most cell phone calls to 911 can get a GPS location and assist emergency personnel when responding to remote areas.  A free tree stand safety course is available online at www.hunterexam.com/treestandsafety.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 6, 2017


Indiana State Police Lt. Delmer Gross Graduates from FBI National Academy

Two hundred and twenty-four law enforcement officers, including Indiana State Police Lt. Delmer Gross, graduated September 15, 2017 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 269th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 22 international countries, fivemilitary organizations, and six federal civilian organizations. Other officers attending from Indiana included Capt. Matthew A. Feller, Peru PD; Lt. Michael K. Horn, Marian University; and Lt. Michael P. Taylor, Fishers PD. Appointed to the Indiana State Police in 1989, Delmer began his career at the Sellersburg Post and worked road patrol duties until his promotion to district detective in 1995. In 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant in the Laboratory Division as a polygraph examiner where he worked until his current promotion to Lieutenant as the Area IV Investigative Commander. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. FBI Associate Deputy Director David Bowdich was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered. The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Marco Gonzalez, Lieutenant, New York City Police Department, New York, New York. A total of 50,365 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. Lt. Gross is a Switzerland County native. He resides in Scott County with his wife Susan and son Brentin. His oldest son Kevin is an eight year veteran in the US Air Force.



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