Public invited to help pick new welcome sign design in Crothersville



One design says "Welcome to Crothersville, Indiana. Open for business. Come on in." It also has a tiger head, the former Presbyterian church that’s now Hamacher Hall, "Est. 1858," an American flag and a train.

The other design has "Crothersville, Indiana," a tiger head, a water tower with "Come on in" across it, a farm scene, a flag and a train.

Which one do you like best? Which would you rather see at the north and south entrances of the southeastern Jackson County town?

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Take your coins or dollars to Crothersville Town Hall or The Peoples Bank and place them in the bucket of the design of your choice.

The one that receives the most money will be used for new welcome signs. Voting runs through Oct. 31.

The designs were created by Chad Wilson, who runs Full Court Press Apparel and is vice president of the Crothersville Town Council.

He said he came up with the idea to create new signs since the one on the north end of town off of U.S. 31 is overgrown by bushes and the one on the south end of town blew away in a tornado about 10 years ago and never was found. Both say "Crothersville welcomes you" and feature shaking hands.

"I talked to some friends, talked to some community members and actually got brave and posted something on social media. That’s where you can reach thousands of people with just the click of a button," he said. "The response was overwhelming. People in the community definitely want signs. I just think it would give the town identity for people coming into town."

The signs will be approximately 3-by-8 feet and partially reflective.

"I feel like we can finance this through donations so there’s no money coming out of the town’s budget," Wilson said. "It’s going to be 100% funded by the community through donations."

The sign on the north end of town would be on property owned by Jackson-Jennings Ag LLC, and Wilson said he talked to a company representative and was told they are excited about a new sign.

The one on the south end of Crothersville is on town-owned property, and Wilson said he would like to do some landscaping around it in the spring.

After receiving a blessing from his fellow council members to proceed with the project, Wilson, who also works for Crothersville Community Schools, had students in his enrichment class make collection buckets. He said they even added money to the buckets.

"I think it’s a good idea," Councilman Bob Lyttle said to Wilson. "Thanks for doing it."

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New welcome signs have been proposed for Crothersville.

Chad Wilson came up with two designs. They are on buckets inside Crothersville Town Hall, 111 E. Howard St., and The Peoples Bank, 310 N. Armstrong St.

The public is invited to stop by either location to place money inside the bucket with the design of their choice.

The design that receives the most money will be used. Voting runs through Oct. 31.


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