Local educator and historian James Scott was named Citizen of the Year by the Rush County Chamber of Commerce. Scott, a native of Richland township has been associated with the teaching profession for 41 years. He is also well-known for his wealth of information about local county history.
Dave Northam, vice-president of the chamber, presented a plaque to Scott in recognition of the servies that he has rendered to the Rush County community. Northam said, ?For many years he has given generously of his time and talents to promoting a better community through his teaching profession and his interest in Rush County history. He has helped to instill a respect for local history through his many talks to both youth and adult groups. He has been active in promoting wood craft skills through craft fairs and the Homer workshops.?
Another example of Scott?s interest in people and history can be seen in the bus tours he conducts each year when he takes children to various points of local historical interest. In addition, Scott has entertained many scout, school and civic groups with talks on Indians and Indian artifacts. Collecting Indian artifacts and a study of them has been a hobby of Scott?s for many years. Scott is also a wood carver and makes everything from tiny shoes to totem poles. He works with first time whittlers at the Homer workshops and participates in craft fairs at Rushville and the Indiana State Museum.