REMC urges customers to watch for scam

Daily Journal staff reports

Johnson County REMC is urging its customers to watch for a scam that is targeting electrical utility customers across the nation.

The scam comes in the form of a phone call, claiming to be from the call recipient’s electrical utility. The caller states that the customer’s account is delinquent and must be paid promptly by purchasing a Green Dot prepaid Visa card and providing the number over the phone.

Two Johnson County REMC customers have told the utility that they have received these calls.

Johnson County REMC follows specific procedures if an account becomes delinquent due to non-payment. In all cases, the utility will make multiple attempts to contact the consumer to collect funds or make payment arrangements before any actual disconnection of service.

With two local small businesses having recently received such phone calls, Johnson County REMC encourages customers to be on guard.

“We just want to get the word out about this scam,” said Johnson County REMC CEO Chet Aubin. “If you receive one of these calls, be sure to call your utility to verify your account.”

Culvert collapsing, highway in Edinburgh

State Road 252 is closed near the interstate in Edinburgh due to a culvert collapse.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said the road is closed to motorists in both directions. The collapse was discovered late Tuesday, and the road is closed between Interstate 65 and County Road 800E.

Engineers have been working at the site, INDOT said. A detour has been marked.

The culvert will need to be repaired or removed. A decision about what to do will be made today.

Legion seeks volunteers to place flags on graves

The Franklin American Legion is recruiting volunteers to put flags on veterans’ graves May 23.

Volunteers are needed to help with the honor, organized by the American Legion Post 205 every Memorial Day weekend.

Residents are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the cemetery office, 100 W. South St., Franklin. The American Legion will conduct a small program with rifle volley and taps preformed with a bugler. Then flags will be distributed to volunteers to be placed on the graves of all military veterans.

For more information, call Larry Bundy at Greenlawn Cemetery at 736-3680 or Bryon Thompson at 443-1183.

Greenwood VFW set for annual golf event

The Greenwood VFW Post 5864 will host its eighth annual fundraising golf tournament June 13, 2015, at Smock Golf Course.

The net proceeds of the tournament will be used to fund the military assistance program and many local charitable programs.

Sponsorships for the tournament are needed in donation ranges from $50 to $2,500.

The VFW’s programs include the Patriot’s Pen for junior high school students, Voice of Democracy for high school students, Boy and Girl Scouts of the Year and college scholarships.

The post also awards plaques to the Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Policeman of the Year, Fireman of the Year and EMT of the Year in the City of Greenwood. The post also provides assistance to local food banks, Greenwood Little League and Bantam Football, Indiana homeless veterans and veterans and their families who need financial assistance.

Contributions and sponsorships are tax deductible.

To learn more, call the post at 888-2488.