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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:49 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Columbian Properties Holds Photo Exhibition
Supplied Flyer Header: Photographic Exhibition with image of 10th Street in Richmond, Indiana
Richmond Columbian Properties Photographic Art Exhibition

Opening Exhibit and Reception
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:30 P.M.
Awards announced at 7:00 P.M.

Public Exhibit
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 2017, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, 2017, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Richmond Columbian Properties, William G. Scott House, 204 North 10th Street, Richmond, Indiana

Gallery Sponsor: First Bank Richmond
Prize Sponsors: Wayne Bank and Trust, Paul and Pat Lingle, John Statzer, Matt and Jennie Stegall, Premier Toyota-Nissan, John’s Custom Framing

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 04:39 pm: Edit Post

Seton Catholic's Music Department Presents "Night at the Movies"
Supplied Flyer: Night at the Movies on March 26, 2017
Seton Catholic's Music Department invites you to a "Night at the Movies" Band Concert on Sunday, March 26th in the Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym, 233 South 5th Street, Richmond. Doors & concessions open at 6:15 p.m., concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $3/person or $5/couple and $10/family (up to 6). *Popcorn and water are included in admission. Drinks available for sale.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 05:34 pm: Edit Post

54 employers expected at Earlham for upcoming 4 Colleges Career Fair

Fifty-four employers will attend this year’s 4 Colleges Career Fair on the campus of Earlham College on Tuesday, March 28.

The event takes place from 3-6 p.m. at the College’s Athletics and Wellness Center, 801 National Road West.

Employers at this year’s fair represent industries in education, manufacturing, engineering, social services, health care, business, technology and finance. Participating employers include Reid Health, Indiana State Board of Accounts, Good News Habitat for Humanity, Dot Foods, and the Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center.

The fair is an event focused on connecting upcoming graduates, alumni, and residents of the community with employment and internship opportunities in Wayne and the surrounding counties.

The 4 Colleges Career Fair is co-sponsored by Earlham, Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. This year’s event is also sponsored by HYPE-Richmond, the city’s young-adult professionals’ organization.

Earlham is hosting this event with support by the Indiana Pathways Program, which is funded by a multi-year grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. The grant supports dozens of funded internships for students across Indiana, along with other opportunities for networking and career exploration.

For more information about this event, including list of participating employers, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 02:13 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Symphony Orchestra Concludes Their Regular Season on April 1 at Chuck Mosey Memorial Gymnasium

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra concludes the season on April 1 offsite at Chuck Mosey Memorial Gymnasium at 233 South 5th Street in Richmond. This is the second year the RSO will travel to this brilliant location.

The RSO’s music director and conductor Guy Bordo had this to say about his first experience conducting last year in the gym: “As both a player and a conductor, I have performed in many high school gyms. They are just about all awful for music. As you would expect, they work great for sports, but music and sports rarely mix in the same acoustical environment. An orchestra or a band, not to mention a choir, usually sound lost in a gym, making the performance truly unsatisfying for everyone.

The Seton Gym is an incredible exception to this rule. We were stunned at the quality of the acoustics, the recording we were able to make, and the ability for the musicians to hear each other—an issue on many stages as well. We loved to concert-in- the round format. When musicians can hear well, and the sound is good, everyone is happy. We are eager to play at Seton again this year!”

The Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym at Seton Catholic High School was opened in 2008. The main purpose of building a gym for Seton was to give the students additional athletic opportunities. Seton Catholic High School opened in 2002 and up until 2008 did not have a home gym for girls volleyball and both boys and girls basketball. In addition to athletics, this space provides a location for Seton band concerts, Parish
Ministry Fairs, blood drives, October Fest activities, proms, graduations, and other student activities.

With the thought that the facility would be used for multiple events, acoustics became a priority as the design of the gym was put together. Acoustic sound blocks were installed to help reduce the echo but keep a very durable wall surface.

Ron Maze of Maze Design Group was the architect for the Chuck Mosey Memorial Gym and the construction contractor was Crane, Inc. with Tom Barth as construction supervisor.

This concert “Past Present & Future” celebrates the pat while honoring the present, opening with current composer Frank Ticheli’s exciting Pacific Fanfare. Two ever popular 19 th Century Scandinavian works follow: Edvard Grieg’s haunting Peer Gynt Suite and neighbor Jean Sibelius’ powerful Finlandia surrounding Stuart Greenbaum’s 21 st Century City Lights a Mile Up. The season draws to a close with one of the most appealing of 20 th Century American symphonies, the melodic Symphony No. 2, “Romantic,” by Howard Hanson.

Audience members should plan to arrive early at 6:30 PM for free appetizers and the opportunity to purchase drinks.

Individual and senior tickets are $20, college students are $10, and students through grade 12 receive FREE admission. To order tickets or for additional information: call 765-966- 5181 or visit the RSO website at

Looking ahead, be sure to mark your calendar as the RSO invites you to Twist and Shout. Accompanied by the Liverpool Legends, the RSO will serve up chart-topping Beatles’ hits from the 1960s at the 35th Annual Signature Event, Saturday, April 29, at the Kuhlman Center. To prepare for the event, free dance lessons at IU East, Springwood Gym will be offered on April 11 and 18 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit or call 765-966- 5181 to make your reservations today!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 07:05 pm: Edit Post

Peter Fletcher Classical Guitar Recital

Back by Popular Demand
He Recently Performed at Carnegie Hall to a Sold Out House

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:30 p.m., Bard Room at Morrisson-Reeves Library

Supplied Photo: Peter Fletcher
Please join Morrisson-Reeves Library for an evening of music Award-winning

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher performing a diverse program of music. His repertoire will include Bach’s Lute Suite No. 3, Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, Cordoba by Isaac Albeniz, Peter’s transcriptions of Erick Satie and Paganini’s dazzling Caprice No. 24.

He made his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returned every year since to a completely sold-out house. In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Mr. Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and many others.

This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, please phone MRL, (765) 966-8291.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 02:52 pm: Edit Post

New Castle Cardiology-Reid Family & Specialty Care Open House March 23

New Castle Cardiology and Reid Family & Specialty Care will celebrate expanded services and facilities in New Castle with an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23.

The event will feature free screenings, a kids’ coloring contest, prizes, a visit by therapy dogs and more. Nathan Millikan, MD, cardiologist, and Phumeza Msikinya, MD, family practice, and other staff members from their practices will also be on hand, as will other specialists who provide care at the facility on a rotating basis.

The New Castle Henry County Public Library will offer sign-ups for library cards and have information about genealogy research. They will also have information about the library’s Spring reading program. “I think it’s important for people to know that they have such a great resource in the library,” said Lynn Thomas, Children’s Library Manager.

Reid Health therapy dogs will also be available.

Among the free screenings being offered:

A demonstration of asthma testing by Reid Allergy.

Visitors can also schedule a reduced-price, $29 vascular screening (regularly $49) with New Castle Cardiology, win door prizes and receive giveaways and snack on light refreshments.

A ribbon-cutting will also be celebrated by the New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

“We look forward to getting to know more of our New Castle area friends,” said Karen Briggs, Service Line Director for RHPA Specialty Care.

Besides Drs. Msikinya and Millikan, also on hand for the event will be Christopher Peers, MD, with Reid ENT; Jason Casselman, DO, Allergist with Reid Allergy; Sarah Dohse, Au.D., Reid Hearing Center; and William Ducey, MD, vascular surgeon with Reid Vascular Surgery.

No RSVP is required, but residents wanting to receive free screenings are encouraged to arrive at 4 p.m.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 04:46 pm: Edit Post

Earlhamite Earns Watson Fellowship for Global Study of Alternative Forms of Justice

Imani Lewis-Norelle ’17 has been selected for one of the nation’s most prestigious post-baccalaureate scholarships for a year of independent study and international travel outside of the United States.

Her project, “Stories of Seeking Alternative Solutions to Violence,” is one of just 40 projects selected nationally by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for $30,000 in funding. As part of her proposal, Lewis-Norelle will travel to Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Africa to conduct research on non-governmental systems of justice.

“This project grew out my Peace and Global Studies thesis because I was interested in what communities were creating at the local level outside of the United States to address violence,” Lewis-Norelle says. “Given how broken our state structures are, specifically the criminal justice and prison systems, it was very interesting to me to see what people were creating and what possibilities existed elsewhere.

“By collecting stories from people in these communities, I hope to explore the question of what justice looks like when it’s in the hands of the people and rather than in the hands of the state,” she says.

Lewis-Norelle, a Peace and Global Studies major and Sociology and Anthropology minor from Madison, Wis., credits Earlham professors Joanna Swanger, JoAnn Martin and James Logan for unlocking her interest in restorative justice and community organizing.

“They have had a huge impact on my Earlham experience and have provided a really strong framework for how I could think about these issues and discover what’s important to me,” she says.

Earlhamites have long been strong candidates for some of the most prestigious scholarships available to undergraduates in the United States,
including the Watson, Fulbright and Rhodes.

Lewis-Norelle is the 13th Earlhamite to earn a Watson Fellowship in the last 12 years.

"Imani's project clearly reflects her beliefs and values, as well as her strong desire to understand what justice means in many contexts,” says Jennifer Seely, associate professor of Politics and the faculty liaison for the Watson Fellowship. “Her ability to relate to others as a journalist and storyteller will be invaluable during her Watson year."

Earlham’s success in preparing students for awards like the Watson is indicative of the College’s focus on helping students connect their academic interests with opportunities to create positive change in the world. Earlham has bolstered its commitment in this area with a major initiative known as EPIC that brings together classroom learning, immersive experiences outside the classroom and enhanced advising throughout the four years of college.

Two other Earlhamites were finalists in this year’s program, including Kristina Brunner ’17 and Amirah Fadhlina ’17.

Since 1968, the Watson Fellowship Program, named for the late founder of IBM, has granted more than 2,700 Watson Fellowship awards, with stipends totaling more than $29 Million.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 03:04 pm: Edit Post

EC Public Safety Official to Offer Self-Defense Classes at Richmond Community Center

A new partnership between Earlham College and the Wayne County Women’s Resource Center will make self-defense classes available at a reduced cost.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System classes will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 21, 23, 28 and 30 at the Dwyer Community Center, 1417 N. A St., Richmond. Classes are $20 per person.

RAD is a comprehensive course and is one of the largest and fastest-growing self-defense programs for women.

“This is not a martial arts course,” Director of Public Safety and RAD instructor Tom Kearns says. “These courses are based on realistic, self-defense tactics that, with no intent to victim blame, recognizes that only rapists are responsible for rape.”

The program begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by Earlham’s nationally certified RAD instructors.

“We at the Women's Resource Network and Dwyer Community Center are very pleased that we can offer this workshop with Tom Kearns,” says Patty Trace, the director of the Dwyer Community Center. “I hope that women of all ages within the community find this beneficial and use this as a platform to come together, not only to meet new people, but to learn valuable skills on self-defense.”

To register for this session of RAD, contact the Women’s Resource Center at (765) 488-2928 or visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 07:28 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health Promotes 'Safe Sleep' with Wearable Blankets
Supplied Photo: Baby in Sleep Sack
When Kara Bellew came to Reid Health’s Mother-Baby Care Center recently to deliver her third baby, she was about to send her husband, Brian, home to Centerville to get “sleep sacks” that she intended to bring with her.

She didn’t have to, however. The Reid center recently replaced its newborn blankets with wearable blankets -- or sleep sacks -- that are considered a safer alternative for sleeping babies. The change is part of ongoing additions and improvements to the birthing experience at Reid Health and part of an ongoing education campaign about safe sleep for infants. “It was a nice surprise,” Bellew said. “I love them,” she said, noting she’d used them before and as baby Lincoln was nestled in one nearby.

The Reid Health Mother-Baby Care Center is working to increase awareness of safe sleep practices for infants in several ways, including the new blankets for newborns that include a reminder to place infants on their backs to sleep.

Janet Feazell, RN, Lactation Consultant & Perinatal Educator with Reid’s Mother-Baby Care Center, said the promotion and education about safe sleep practices for infants is another example of expanding services and outreach to promote a healthy birthing experience. “These wearable blankets are embroidered with a reminder that says ‘Back is Best’, which helps reinforce the message to parents and caregivers to have the baby sleep on its back.”

Bellew noted how the sleep sacks keep the baby calmed and avoid any danger of a blanket covering the face and hindering breathing. “Sleep sacks keep the baby comfortable and secure,” she said.

William Black Jr., MD, with Reid Pediatric & Internal Medicine, said the safe sleep initiative is important. “Teaching safe sleep habits to parents of newborns is an important issue for infants and their caregivers. Having the staff start teaching these skills at the beginning of life is just another way Reid Health is trying to help educate parents in proper care of their newborns and helping to ensure a healthy environment when the infant goes home.”

Feazell said this and other safety steps are all designed to reduce ricks of SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – and is part of expanding the services and outreach of the family birthing experience at Reid Health. Among recent changes were the addition of a perinatal nurse navigator, the receipt of “Baby-Friendly®” designation last year, adding a midwife to the team, and continued outreach through parent and family education programs.

Feazell said the center promotes and teaches recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, including:

Kelly Beall, RN, MSN, CLC, Women’s Health Service Line Director, said all the programs, updates and promotions aim to ensure the family birthing experience – a “significant life event” – gets off to the ideal start. “And we want moms, dads and their families to have as much information and education as possible as they welcome their new family member into their homes.”

Kristi James, MSN, CNM, Reid Health midwife, echoed the benefits of educating families on safe sleep for their babies. “Safe sleep starts before the birth of the infant. Early and consistent prenatal care and preventing fetal exposure to maternal smoking, including second-hand smoke, and full term birth are all factors that decrease risk. Breastfeeding further decreases risk. …Parents should never sleep with an infant on couches, recliners, or armchairs. And finally, infants should be placed on their back to sleep and should be dressed appropriately to not cause over-heating.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players Presents "An Evening with Mark Twain"
Touring Artist JR Stuart to Perform on Historic Opera House Stage

Nettle Creek Players, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization, will present “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK” by JR Sturat at 7:30pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 on the Opera House stage in the Historic Hagerstown Museum at 96 ½ E. Main downtown Hagerstown on Indiana State Highways 1 & 38. Tickets for each of the concerts are $15 per person and can be purchased at

“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK” is a solo performance piece that captures Mark Twain during two different periods a decade apart. Act One finds him onstage, as he performed during his Debt Tour in 1895, presenting his tales of travel, reminiscing about his time on the Mississippi, and featuring a "reading" from his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Act Two finds him a decade later, 1905, in his study as he reflects on his youth, attempts to rationalize the logic of a lynch mob in “The United States of Lyncherdom,” and discusses the loss of his daughter Suzy and his wife, Livy, who is immortalized in “Eve’s Diary.” This evening of laughter and powerful social commentary has been delighting audiences in regional theatres, colleges, churches and various venues since its debut at Derby Dinner Playhouse in 1991.

J.R. Stuart is a Theatre Performance graduate of Ball State University and a veteran of over three hundred professional productions. Aside from the national tours of CHICAGO and GIGI, Mr. Stuart is a proud 25-year veteran as character actor in residence at Derby Dinner Playhouse in the Louisville metropolitan area and is a resident of New Albany, Indiana. Favorite roles include Twain, as well as his other one-man portrayal, President Truman in Samuel Gallu's GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, Dysart in EQUUS and Estragon in Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT. Favorite directing projects include ANNIE GET YOUR GUN for The Palms Theatre in Mesa, Arizona, COCK and THRILL ME for Pandora Productions in Louisville, Kentucky, and the several charity productions he has mounted at his church's chapel, Stage on Spring at St. Mark's United Church of Christ in New Albany, Indiana, where he recently directed THE GLASS MENAGERIE and will soon direct THE ELEPHANT MAN.

“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK” was adapted from the works and words of Twain in order to delve deeper into the psychology of "the Lincoln of our Literature" as Hemingway referred to him. In Act One, Twain the celebrated author is presented in full splendor while in Act Two, out of the limelight and in isolation, Samuel Clemens is revealed as he puts together his Autobiography. It is a labor of love that has become a hallmark and touchstone to Mr. Stuart's career. urs of BRIGADOON, CHICAGO and GIGI, Mr. Stuart is a proud twenty-five year veteran as character actor in residence at Derby Dinner Playhouse in the Louisville metropolitan area and resides in New Albany, Indiana. urs of BRIGADOON, CHICAGO and GIGI, Mr. Stuart is a proud twenty-five year veteran as character actor in residence at Derby Dinner Playhouse in the Louisville metropolitan area and resides in New Albany, Indiana.
urs of BRIGADOON, CHICAGO and GIGI, Mr. Stuart is a proud twenty-five year veteran as character actor in residence at Derby Dinner Playhouse in the Louisville metropolitan area and resides in New Albany, Indiana.

Favorite roles include Twain, as well as his other one-man portrayal, President Truman in Samuel Gallu's GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!, Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, Dysart in EQUUS and Estragon in Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT.

Favorite directing projects include ANNIE GET YOUR GUN for The Palms Theatre in Mesa, Arizona, COCK and THRILL ME for Pandora Productions in Louisville, Kentucky, and the several charity productions he has mounted at his church's chapel, Stage on Spring at St. Mark's United Church of Christ in New Albany, Indiana, where he recently directed THE GLASS MENAGERIE and will soon direct THE ELEPHANT MAN.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK was adapted from the works and words of Twain in order to delve deeper into the psychology of "the Lincoln of our Literature" as Hemingway referred to him. In Act One, Twain the celebrated author is presented in full splendor while in Act Two, out of the limelight and in isolation, Samuel Clemens is revealed as he puts together his Autobiography.

It is a labor of love that has become a hallmark and touchstone to Mr. Stuart's career.

“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK” marks the third in a series of performances presented by Nettle Creek Players which has recently returned to downtown Hagerstown after an absence of almost 20 years. From 1971-1997 Nettle Creek Players existed as a professional summer stock theatre serving Hagerstown and East Central Indiana. During its original run, hundreds of actors, directors, designers and technicians hired from all over the country made Hagerstown their summer home as they rehearsed and performed classic Broadway musicals under an enormous circus tent on Main Street, creating a unique and beloved cultural tradition for the town. A declining interest and difficulties maintaining consistent management led to the organization’s closing in 1997. In 2015, a group of Hagerstown business and community leaders came together with some former Nettle Creek Players with an idea to revive the program for a new generation. Hagerstown is in the midst of a downtown renaissance with several unique and popular businesses filling formerly empty storefronts. Community leaders reported a broad-based desire within the community to see the return of the Nettle Creek Players. The group is now established as Hagerstown’s newest 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization with a diverse board of directors, several corporate and individual sponsors and leadership by Executive Artistic Director Darrin Murrell, a seasoned theatre professional and Nettle Creek Players alum from the 1980’s.

Future planned events include a full revival of the summer stock model that made Nettle Creek Players a rich part of the cultural heritage of the region for so many years. The first full revival season will take place in the summer of 2017.

For tickets and information visit and Facebook/NettleCreekPlayers or call 765-212-8127.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 03:54 pm: Edit Post

Leadercast to be Held at Ivy Tech Community College
Supplied Flyer: Leadercast 2017
Attend Leadercast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. The event takes place on May 5, 2017 at Ivy Tech Community College, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Early bird discount, if you register prior to March 31! Register at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 04:45 pm: Edit Post

IU East to host Legislative Forum on March 31

The next upcoming Legislative Forum at Indiana University East will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 31, in the Springwood Hall Graf Center.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Each spring, IU East hosts three Legislative Forums to provide an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Dick Hamm. Forums were also held in January and February.

During the Legislative Forum, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Ross Alexander, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations and Campus Events, at (765) 973-8221 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 07:38 pm: Edit Post

Free Digital Fix Classes Coming to Richmond

Richmond’s Innovation Center is bringing free Digital Fix classes to three locations in March, April and May. Digital Fix classes are one hour, one-on-one sessions taught by a computer professional to resolve your digital questions.

Examples of Digital Fix issues are: using a smart phone, installing software, buying a digital device, organizing photos, using Facebook, downloading a book onto an e-reader, backing up a hard drive, etc.

Organizations hosting the free sessions are:

Contact Nikita Martina at The Innovation Center (765-962-8151) today to schedule your free Digital Fix session at any of the three locations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Construction Begins March 27 on U.S. 27 North of Downtown Richmond

Gradex, Inc. plans to begin construction on U.S. 27 north of downtown Richmond starting on or after Monday, March 27.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $23.9 million construction contract to Gradex to rebuild nearly two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40 through downtown Richmond.

In addition to rebuilding the roadways, the project will also include:

Supplied Graphic: Phase 1
U.S. 27 Phase 1 Begins March 27, Finishes Fall 2017

The first phase of construction will include:Work will reduce U.S. 27 to one lane in each direction between North B Street and the Whitewater River bridge. Multiple traffic shifts will be required to maintain one lane in each direction and rebuild the roadway one side at a time. Access to and from intersecting streets will be temporarily closed while that side of the roadway is being rebuilt.

U.S. 27 Phase 2 Begins Late April, Finishes Summer 2018
The second phase of construction will include rebuilding the west half of southbound U.S. 27 between North C Street and the South O Street overpass. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and shifted to the east side of the road. A short section between South C and F streets will temporarily remain shifted to the west half of the road.

Multiple traffic lane shifts will be required to maintain one open lane and rebuild the roadway one side at a time. Access to and from intersecting streets will be temporarily closed while that side of the roadway is being rebuilt.

Weather permitting, contractors intend to finish one half of the southbound U.S. 27 rebuild this year. Once complete, one lane of traffic will be shifted to the west side of the road and the eastern half will be finished in 2018.

U.S. 27 construction will require lane closures and traffic shifts on U.S. 40 (North A and South A streets) as the intersections are rebuilt later this summer.

Eastbound U.S. 40 Begins Early 2018, Finishes Before End of 2018
Eastbound U.S. 40 (South A Street and 11th Street) construction is scheduled to begin in 2018. The rebuild will span from the Lamar Lundy Memorial Bridge over the Whitewater River gorge to 11th Street and will include 11th Street from South A Street to Main Street.

South A Street will remain open during construction, and 11th Street will be closed for up to 45 days. U.S. 40 traffic will be detoured to 16th Street during the closure of 11th Street.
Supplied Graphic: Construction Area
Stay informed
Updates on U.S. 27 and U.S. 40 construction progress and details about specific traffic shifts will be provided in advance. For more information about the project, including maps, go to

Follow INDOT East Central on Facebook and Twitter. Find links to INDOT social media pages at

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 07:22 pm: Edit Post

State Road 38 in Wayne County Closes for 90 Days Starting in May for Construction on 2 Bridges

Duncan Robertson, Inc. plans to close State Road 38 for up to 90 days starting on or after May 1 for construction on two bridges in Wayne County.

The $868,954 construction contract will replace the bridge over Nolands Fork and rehabilitate the bridge over Long Creek. The bridges are less than 300 feet apart and located about a mile and a half between U.S. Highway 35 and Centerville Road.

During the road closure, detour signs will direct highway traffic south to Interstate 70 via State Road 1 and U.S. 35. All work on the project is expected to be complete before December.
Supplied Map: Nolands Fork Bridge
Stay informed
Follow INDOT East Central on Facebook and @INDOTEast on Twitter. Find links to all INDOT social media pages at

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 05:12 pm: Edit Post

MRL Hosts Free Tax Assistance Service on Wednesdays
Flyer: AARP Tax Service at MRL
Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on 1st. Tax services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation, and electronic filing will be available.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with free service every Wednesday, February 1st – April 12th and provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library’s front door at 8:00AM on tax service days.

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - 08:08 pm: Edit Post

Nettle Creek Players "Pearls & Lace" Gala Date Changed
Elegant Evening of Food, Music and Fundraising Now on April 7

Nettle Creek Players, a professional non-Equity traditional summer stock tent theatre, will host a gala dinner and dance in support of its upcoming 2017 Summer Stock Theatre Season. The gala will be themed “Pearls & Lace” and will be held on Friday, April 7 beginning at 6:30pm at The Hartley Hills Country Club, 201 N Woodpecker Rd, in Hagerstown, Indiana. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased in person at local Hagerstown businesses Every Day Is Christmas, The Sidewalk Café and The Hagerstown Library as well as online at More information is available at 765-489-5632. This is a change from the original date of March 11. That date became a conflict due to scheduling details and a questionable weather forecast.

The Pearls & Lace Gala is an evening of fine dining, fundraising and fun with entertainment by The Smileys and catering by Willie & Reds. Join us in the fantastic club room at Hartley Hills for a sneak preview of the 2017 Revival Season of Nettle Creek Players complete with a Broadway musical in the tent and professional actors from across the country making Hagerstown their summer home to perform and teach a summer camp for theatre students from all across the region. There will be a silent auction featuring unique and highly desirable items, a trivia game with Broadway-themed prizes, a meal of Willie & Red's very best specialties, an exclusive preview of the 2017 Summer Revival Season and a dance party headlined by popular band The Smileys that will last well into the night.

The event will begin with a cash bar and silent auction at 6:30, continue with dinner at 7:00, season preview and game show at 7:45 and finish with the band beginning at 8:30. Individual and corporate sponsors will have the first opportunity to secure Title Sponsorships and Artist Underwriting Sponsorships for the summer season. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to produce the 2017 Summer Stock Season of Nettle Creek Players which will feature the Broadway musical “The Fantasticks” as well as the music revue “Broadway on Main Street” and the Family Audience show “Thumbelina.”

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 05:25 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Special Olympics men’s 3on3 Basketball Team Advances to State Finals
Supplied Photo: 3 on 3 Special Olympics Basketball Team, 2017
Pictured from left are Tim Norris, Coach Kenny Miller, Jacob Miller, Jimmy Miller, Coach Becky Miller, David Hinshaw, Coach Tommy Day, David Parsons, Greg Mahoney, Jessica Day.

The Wayne County Special Olympics men’s 3on3 Basketball Team, Hoosiers, came up with two wins on Saturday to advance to the Special Olympics State Finals. The Sectionals were held at Monroe High School in Parker City, Indiana. This team was formed two years and it was exciting to see them win. A special thanks to the coaches, family, and care givers for their support.

Great job...and congratulations!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

$5.6M Project Will Rebuild Interstate 70 Twin Bridges Over State Road 121 / New Paris Pike

Walsh Construction Company was awarded a $5.6 million contract to replace twin three-span bridges carrying eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 over State Road 121 / New Paris Pike in Wayne County.

Walsh will use an Accelerated Bridge Construction method using detailed plans for Slide-In Bridge Construction to rebuild the two structures. Construction is anticipated to begin in early April 2017 and finish before June of 2018.
Supplied Map: I-70 and Ohio 121

What to expect
Construction will require recurring overnight lane closures on eastbound and westbound I-70 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. between State Road 227 (Exit 153) and U.S. 40 (Exit 156).

During the demolition and slide of each bridge, that direction of traffic will be reduced to one lane and shifted across the median for up to 13 days while the existing structure is removed and the new bridge deck is slid into place. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

State Road 121 / New Paris Pike will be closed under the I-70 bridges for a maximum of 60 days while State Road 121 pavement and the I-70 bridges are rebuilt. A specific closure date will be announced. During the closure of State Road 121, highway traffic will be detoured south to U.S. 40 via Indiana Route 227, U.S. 27 and Ohio Route 320.

How Slide-In Bridge Construction Works
The new bridge deck will be built on temporary supports adjacent to the existing bridge. After the new bridge is built, that direction of traffic will be reduced to one lane and temporarily shifted across the median to share the other side of the interstate with the opposing direction of traffic separated by concrete barriers. The existing bridge will be demolished and the new bridge will slide laterally into place. The approaches to the new bridge will be rebuilt, and traffic will be returned to its normal configuration. This sequencing will occur twice, once for each bridge and direction of traffic.

See a time-lapse video of Slide-In Bridge Construction of the Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River at

Benefits of Slide-In Bridge Construction
Slide-In Bridge Construction is intended to provide innovative solutions to the challenges of interstate bridge replacements. This project will substantially further the goals of adopting innovative bridge construction techniques, accelerating construction, increasing safety, reducing the costs of maintaining traffic, and minimizing impacts to motorists during interstate bridge construction.

Building the deck in a temporary location and sliding it into place will also improve construction quality. The entire deck can be built at once, which eliminates construction joints in the deck that expose the structure to the elements.

Stay informed
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at

Follow INDOT East Central on Facebook and Twitter. Find links to INDOT social media pages at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 09:08 pm: Edit Post

Senior Adult Ministry March Meeting

Seniors in the community are invited to attend a pitch in and sing along held 6-7:30 pm in Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, Richmond, on Tuesday, March 28.

This is a non-denominational Ministry that offers fun activities, fellowship and Christian support for those who are 50 years old or older. The group meets at 6 pm the last Tuesday of each month at the church unless otherwise announced.

One of the goals of the Ministry is to engage senior adults from other churches, other groups or the community in general. Leading the group are Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby along with the Rev. Judi Marshall.

Bring your favorite dish to share and invite your friends and neighbors to join the festivities.

If you have questions about the Senior Adult Ministry, please call FUMC offices at 765-962- 4357 or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, February 27, 2017 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

ATHENA Leadership Award® Nominations Now Being Accepted

Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East are pleased to announce the annual ATHENA Leadership Award® Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

The event will recognize women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry and Kim Poinsett.

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award® which will be presented at the dinner to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

To learn more about the nomination process, an optional nomination workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Innovation Center in Richmond, Ind.

Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to, once again, bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at the annual ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit held each year.

Wayne Bank and IU East believe in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there,” the ATHENA Leadership Award® honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KMPG. Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will benefit a non-profit organization to be determined. Event proceeds will equally benefit the IU East Center for Service Learning and the Wayne County Boys & Girls Club.

Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. To register for the workshop or for nomination and registration information, visit or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president, internal auditor and digital banking specialist at Wayne Bank and Trust Co., at (765) 259-0209 or or Terry Wiesehan, director of Alumni Relations at IU East, at (765) 973-8221 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 01:30 pm: Edit Post

Upcoming Community Creative Writing Workshops Focus on Nature Writing and Poetic Form

Creative writing faculty from the Indiana University East School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a series of writing workshops from 2-3:30 p.m. at IU East’s Room 912, located at 912 E. Main St. in Richmond. Workshops will be held March 4 and April 1.

The March 4 workshop will be instructed by Steven Petersheim, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, on the topic of “Nature Writing.”

Then April 1, the instructor is Brian Brodeur, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. He will lead a workshop on “All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: The Advantages of Poetic Form.”

The workshops are free and open to the public. All writers are welcome to attend; no previous experience is necessary. Topics change each month, and all materials are provided.

For more information, contact Tanya Perkins, lecturer of English, at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 02:47 pm: Edit Post

Reid Health, Union County Health Department partnering on wellness programs

The Reid Health system and the Union County Health Department are working together to provide wellness and educational information to county residents with a goal of improving community health.

Two new wellness programs already under way include a Union County version of a wellness presentation patterned after one called "Medical Mondays" in Wayne County; and another wellness series that will be held approximately every other month through November.

"Hopefully this will enhance the preventive piece," said Kim Klein, Union County Public Health Nurse. She has been working for several months with Reid Health departments to coordinate the programs, which she said she hopes will ultimately help residents become better informed and able to be more proactive with their health and wellness.

The next event is "Heart Health" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, which represents a partnership with Reid Healths Diabetes & Nutrition Education department. Future events will be "Nutrition and Exercise" May 15, "Meal Planning and Grocery List" June 19, "Cooking Classes" July 17, "Food Myths-Fact or Fiction" Sept. 18 and "Diabetes Prevention" Nov. 13. All of these sessions will be in the waiting room of the Union County Health Department, 6 West South Street in Liberty, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Klein is also working with Reid Health Community Outreach Coordinator Sharrie Harlin to bring her county's version of the Wayne County Medical Mondays. The next one of those, "Wellness Wednesday," will be offered at noon Wednesday, March 22, also at the Union County Health Department. That event will include a presentation on "Osteoporosis & Bone Density" by Kendra Rusterholz and Ashley Hundley, radiology technicians with Reid Health. Reservations for that event can be made by contacting Harlin at (765) 983-3000, extension 4676.

Klein said Union County's health challenges mirror others in the east central Indiana region, such as obesity, tobacco use, diabetes and addictions. "So, being able to bring any resource that we can to our hometown here, Im hoping will increase the overall wellness of our community members," Klein said.

The outreach and partnership is a perfect fit for the Reid Health systems overall mission of improving and maintaining community health, said Kay Cartwright, Vice President of Continuum of Care and Chief Nursing Officer.

"We have been working in recent years to increase our partnerships with other community health organizations," Cartwright said. "Working together to share resources and information results in an overall improved experience for the patients whom we all may touch at different times depending on their needs. The result - and our goal - is a more informed and healthier population."

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 01:21 pm: Edit Post

IU East's Accounting Program First to Implement CPA Center of Excellence® Online Ethics Course

The Indiana University East School of Business and Economics has partnered with the CPA Center of Excellence® to offer a new online competency-based course. The course is being offered for the first time in higher education.

The course will be offered through the School of Business and Economics, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program with a concentration in accounting. The ethics course will be part of the capstone course, Accounting Ethics and Professional Development. Students enrolled in the accounting program will take the course prior to graduation.

The online ethics course offers an interactive format that includes links to articles, case studies, video components, real-time discussion with other course participants, and other participatory features within each of its various modules.

The CPA Center of Excellence® developed the ethics course based on the accounting profession’s Code of Professional Conduct. The course was established in October 2016. The code coincided with a new rule providing two new options for ethics education.

According to the CPA Center of Excellence,® CPAs in Indiana have been taking the course since last fall following a rule change signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that enables a competency-based course to meet the ethics requirement for CPA license renewal.

The CPA Center of Excellence® and IU East partnership will be used as a model to encourage other colleges and regional campuses in Indiana to incorporate the ethics course or other competency-based courses into their curriculums. The additional six courses offered by the CPA Center of Excellence® cover vital business or “soft” skills needed by current and future professionals.

Roger Crane, director of the accounting program and lecturer of accounting at IU East, said the online ethics course would enhance the class.

“We’re honored that the Indiana CPA Society chose the IU East Accounting Program to partner with as the first higher learning institution to use this competency based ethics course,” Crane said. “We wanted to incorporate an ethics course already used by CPAs so our accounting ethics course is the best it could be. Anything we can do to get students more real-world exposure to accounting ethics will help them understand and be prepared for ethical situations once they graduate and begin a career.”

Shari Fowler, lecturer of accounting at IU East, said by offering the CPA Center of Excellence® course, students will have a dynamic learning experience allowing them to see how concepts from the text are applied to the accounting profession.

“I have found that students are always enthusiastic when they are presented with new learning activities in their classes,” Fowler said. “The ethics course is in a format and structure that they have not worked with before, so I anticipate they will be intrigued by this new addition.”

The School of Business and Economics offers two different accounting concentrations leading to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – a CPA Accounting Concentration and a Managerial Accounting Concentration – can be completed on campus or online. The program also offers a minor in Financial Forensic Investigations.

For more information, contact the School of Business and Economics at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 01:52 pm: Edit Post

Coaches4Kids Golf Outing, Gerry Faust to Host, Monday, May 22, 2017

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center will hold its annual Coaches4Kids Golf Outing at Forest Hills Country Club on Monday, May 22, 2017. Gerry Faust will be the host of the event. Joining Coach Faust will be several of his former Notre Dame players.

Before coaching, Faust began as a three-time letterman as quarterback at the University of Dayton. His 18 years of coaching at Moeller High School in Cincinnati (1963-80) produced a 174-17-2 record to go with seven unbeaten seasons, four mythical national prep titles and five Ohio state titles in his last six seasons. He coached Notre Dame to a 30-26-1 record, including a 1983 Liberty Bowl victory and an '84 Aloha Bowl appearance, before resigning at the end of the 1985 season. Faust spent the next nine seasons (1986-94) as head coach at the University of Akron. Faust's 43 wins placed him 3rd in Akron career wins leaders.

Sponsorships are still available. Individual Team sign-ups coming soon! For more information please contact Eric Burkhart: 765-939-4514 or by e-mail

Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families – individually, interpersonally, and socially – through caring programs and healing relationships which are reflective of God’s love revealed through Jesus Christ.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 03:03 pm: Edit Post

$1.5M Project Will Rebuild State Road 38 Bridge in Hagerstown

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Sunesis Construction Company to rebuild and widen the State Road 38 bridge over a tributary of the Whitewater River located one-half mile west of State Road 1 in Hagerstown. The existing structure was built in 1957.

Construction is planned to begin before May 1 and is expected to be complete before the end of this year. A specific start date will be announced after a project schedule is submitted by contractors.
Supplied Graphic: Map of Hagerstown, Indiana
State Road 38 will remain open to traffic with a reduced work zone speed limit of 25 mph during bridge construction. A temporary traffic-control signal will be used to regulate two directions of traffic across one open lane on the bridge.

The new structure will consist of two 12-foot lanes, 4-foot shoulders and a 6-foot sidewalk on the south side of the bridge.

Sunesis is also rebuilding the State Road 1 bridge over Interstate 70. Preliminary work to strengthen and widen the shoulders in preparation for traffic shifts is scheduled to begin this week. For more information about this project, go to

Stay informed
Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter and INDOT East Central on Facebook. Find links to all INDOT social media pages at

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Opportunity Extension Homemakers Club News

The Opportunity Club met on March 9; Marlene Creech was hostess. Members answered the roll call question, "What is your favorite household cleaner?" Carmen Linderman presented a lesson on the drug problem in Wayne County. Lisa Allen gave a lesson on "Sleep, A forgotten component of overall health."

The "Kicking Cancer with our Boots ON!" fundraiser has begun. Members were encouraged to participate in the program with monies contributed going to Indiana EH Association's Cancer Research Endowment Fund. A pair of festive boots was passed around for members' monetary contributions.

A discussion ensued about the silent auction basket the club will contribute to the biennial Quilt Show. It is entitled the "Back Door Basket." Members will bring their items to fill the basket to the April meeting. Each Wayne County EH Club will contribute a basket. The Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, at the Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. The Kuhlman Center will be the site of the luncheon open to the public; members signed up to bring baked goods.

The special cultural arts craft this year is a homemade hat; members will bring their entries to the May 4 Achievement Night dinner. Winners at the county level will be entered in competition with all EH counties at the annual Home and Family Conference held June 5 - 7 in Indianapolis. This special category is in addition to competition for a general craft item.

Club officers for the 2017-2018 year are Kathy Tincher, President (she is also President of Wayne County EH); Susan Klemann, Vice President; Marlene Creech, Secretary; and Wanda McConaha, Treasurer.

Fair books for the 2017 4-H Wayne County Fair were handed out to members. The Wayne County EH members are in charge of the Open Class Exhibits during the June 17-23 Fair. Members will assist in taking in non-food entries on Monday, June 12, and food entries on Saturday, June 17. Marlene Creech, Peggy Booker and Susan Klemann volunteered to be Chairpersons for the 2018 fair; they will join Carole Robbins from the Boston Township EH Club.

For information about the Opportunity Club or Extension Homemakers, please contact the Extension Office at 765-973-9281.

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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 02:41 pm: Edit Post

Indiana extending financial aid filing deadline to April 15, 2017
Hoosiers have one more chance to file FAFSA for college financial aid

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers announced today that the states March 10th financial aid filing deadline would be extended to April 15th this year in response to recent issues with a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This is an excellent opportunity for Hoosiers who missed last Fridays deadline to complete the FAFSA and qualify for financial aid that makes college more affordable, Lubbers said. All prospective college studentswhether theyre a high school senior, a current college student or a returning adultshould complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Beyond determining eligibility for state and federal financial aid, colleges use information from the FAFSA to determine their scholarship awards. Filing the FAFSA is particularly important for Indianas 21st Century Scholars who will not receive their scholarship that pays for up to four years of college tuition without completing the FAFSA.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is committed to continued outreach in partnership with local high schools, colleges and community organizations to alert students of the extension and provide assistance to students who still need to file.

Filing the FAFSA
The fastest and easiest way to file the FAFSA is online at To complete the FAFSA, you will need: 1) Your Social Security Number; 2) Your 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned; and 3) An FSA ID to sign electronically. NOTE: Dependent students need this same information for their parent(s). The U.S. Department of Education provides email and live chat assistance for FAFSA filers as well as a helpline at 1-800-4FED-AID.

More FAFSA Help for Hoosiers
Hoosier families can find FAFSA-related help via phone at 1-888-528-4719, email (, Twitter (, Facebook ( or online at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Centerville Library Announces March Events
Supplied Flyer: Centerville Library Event Newsletter
Stop by the Centerville Library at 126 East Main Street, Centerville to explore these and other programs in March. For more information, call 765.855.5223.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 02:44 pm: Edit Post

Flu Cases May Have Peaked in What Appears a Later Season

The 2016-2017 flu season came a little later than usual, with the number of cases possibly just beginning to decline after a recent peak, Reid Health officials say.

Kimberly Schneider, BSN, RN, Infection Control for Reid Health, said confirmed and suspected flu cases at the hospital began to rise dramatically at the end of January, jumping from a handful at the first of the month to more than 200 by mid-February. She said Februarys unusually warm winter weather could have been a factor in the spread of the flu because people were out more and more likely to come in contact with the infection.

Our influenza numbers doubled this year from where we were last year in early January, Schneider said, citing 73 positive tests by January 28, compared to 33 for the same period a year ago. Schneider and Aman Bakshi, MD, Director of Clinical Decision Support at Reid Health who helps track the statistics, said everyone should be more aware and take the usual steps to prevent the flu.

Schneider said statistics at Reid Health Physician Associates practices appear to have hit the highest number about two weeks ago with 193 positive cases and now seems to be trending down.

Bakshi said that doesnt mean its time to relax or stop taking precautions which are good year round to avoid illness. Besides always getting the annual vaccine, wash your hands often, stay away from others when you are ill and use care when out and about, Bakshi said.

The Indiana State Department of Health cites the Influenza A/H3 seasonal virus as the most prominent strain behind the upswing, noting that the annual vaccine this year is proving to be just under 50 percent effective.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and especially for people with other complicating health conditions can even lead to death. Classic symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.

Schneider noted that young children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions are at higher risk of more severe complications from the flu.

Most people who get the flu will recover in several days to less than two weeks, Bakshi said.

In early March, the national flu-associated hospitalization rate was just under about 44 per 100,000 people. Schneider said that more than 60 people have been hospitalized at Reid Health with flu-related complications with 24 of them admitted the week of Feb. 19.

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