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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 06:12 pm: Edit Post

Meet a Few Elusive Library Spirits at Morrisson-Reeves Library's Tales from the Departed Tour
Flyer: MRL Tales from the Departed Tour
On Friday, October 3rd from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Morrisson-Reeves Library in the Main Lobby. This event is free of charge and suitable for all ages!

Join MRL for an exclusive after hours special event at the library. Take a tour back in time to meet some dearly departed library leaders and historic icons from years gone by. Elusive library spirits will be re-enacted by actors throughout the library. Learn local listory as the stories come to life.
Supplied Photo: Library Characters
Among the guest are beloved library figures from the past:

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Historical Museum Is Haunted...on October 17, 18, & 24, 25
Flyer: Haunted Museum
The whole family will enjoy Wayne County Historical Museum's spooky guests, story-tellers, treats, & MORE as they tour the decorated museum. Enjoy a not-too-frightening experience with your family and friends! Visitors are encouraged to come in not-too-frightening costumes.

Haunted Museum Admission: $5.00/adults, $3.00/children 3-17, ages 2 & under are free. 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana. For more information, call 765.962.5756.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:14 pm: Edit Post

Tales from the Departed - October 4, 2014
Flyer: Tales from the Departed
A wonderful fall walking tour of Earlham Cemetery. Several departed locals will be re-enacted by actors at their gravesites. Learn local history as these stories come to life! Admission: $10.00/carload

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 04:27 pm: Edit Post

Richmond Symphony Orchestra Opens on September 20th
Supplied Photo: Violinist Ilya Kaler
Richmond- The Richmond Symphony Orchestra opens its 58th season September 20 with a cornucopia of delights that will please the soul and palate.

World renowned violinist Ilya Kaler performs one of the world’s best loved works, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Concert Director Guy Bordo also will lead the Orchestra in two Slavonic Dances by Dvorak and the “most Russian” of Tchaikovsky’s great symphonies, No. 1 subtitled “Winter Dreams”.

Ilya Kaler is one of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today. London's Gramphone describes him as a "magician, bewitching our ears". Kaler has many awards to his credit and is the only violinist to have won Gold Medals at the Tchaikovsky (1985) and Paganini (1981) Competitions. He has earned rave reviews for solo appearances with distinguished orchestras throughout the world, including the Leningrad, Moscow and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras.

Among the most sought-after teachers in the world, Ilya Kaler has served as Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, IN, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and is currently a Professor of Violin at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago.

Season subscribers have the opportunity to Orchestrate their Evening enjoying a Harvest Dinner by Jen Ferrell at the Gennett Mansion. Tickets are $35 and a donation of 20 percent from each dinner served will be presented to the RSO. Season tickets are still available and subscribers have the opportunity to enjoy dining offerings with friends and guests at four additional favorite eateries, one on each of the concert days during the season.

Season tickets are $75, individual tickets for adults and seniors are $15 and students through grade 12 receive FREE admission. Open Rehearsals in Civic Hall from 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays before concerts are $5 and children under age 18 are free.

The 7:30 p.m. performance is in Civic Hall Performing Arts Center at Richmond High School, 380 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond. To order tickets or for additional information: call 765-966-5181 or visit the RSO website at

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 04:58 pm: Edit Post

Shadows of the '60's Coming to Civic Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30pm
Supplied image: Shadows of the '60's
SHADOWS OF THE 60’S pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. In this Tribute production show, SHADOWS OF THE 60'S perform the hits that span several decades. Great care is taken to reproduce the music, note for note and in the original keys and arrangements. Now, triple the memories and excitement with our Tribute to Motown's Super Groups complete with stunning choreography & costumes! Three Super Groups on one stage with a grand finale featuring the music of Motown's Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Junior Walker, and more! Be sure to bring your frends and family and join us for a night of musical pleasure. Truly a concert for everyone!

Good seats are available for the performance at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 11, 2014; $28 for adults, $20 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: 765-973-3350, or visit

Box Office hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted with a $3 charge for all credit card transactions. There is also a fifty-cent fee for mailing ticket orders.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:15 am: Edit Post

Things We Often Overlook - A Collection of Abstract Photos by Satya Banga
Flyer: Satya Banga Exhibit
Photo Exhibition on display at Morrisson-Reeves Library in the Main Lobby
September 17 – October 29, 2014

A reception will be held for the artist at 6:30 pm on September 29th

Visitors are welcome to view the art during regular library hours, 9:00 am – 7:30pm Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

Satya Banga is a self-taught fine art photographer living in Richmond, Indiana. His art exhibition is a vibrant collection of photos inspired by day to day things that are usually overlooked. His series of images showcase this talent with sometimes hard-to-identify edited and cropped photos of vintage autos, buildings, and vegetation.

Satya has collected a number of abstract photos that inspire and remind us of the little things that can just make you feel in awe: “Things We Often Overlook”. “The joy about being a photographer is being able to capture life in a single image. Our eyes skim very briefly on facets of life but sometimes we fail to notice... Everywhere is something which could be beautiful....!”

“My passion is abstraction (Photography) where I can lose myself to the emotion the subject arouses – an avenue to explore an endless search for beauty, simplicity, serenity and quiet energy.” -- Satya Banga

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 02:40 pm: Edit Post

BikeTOURberfest Scheduled for September 27th
Logo: BikeTOURberfest

Enjoy a low-cost, family-friendly, fun-filled ride that raises funds for the Wayne County Cardinal Greenway trail!

Route choices up to 100k offer beautiful and safe tour options for all ages and abilities. After the ride, revel at the area's biggest and best Oktoberfest event in Richmond's Historic Depot District!



By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 03:52 pm: Edit Post

Oktoberfest 2014 in the Historic Depot District
Poster: Oktoberfest 2014
Oktoberfest in Richmond's historic Depot District - fun for kids and adults alike with food, beer garden, music, and a huge street fair, featuring arts, crafts and antiques. September 27 and 28, 2014.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 03:48 pm: Edit Post

Pavement Improvements to Close U.S. 27 in Fountain City

FOUNTAIN CITY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing on U.S. 27 next week.

The project will require closing U.S. 27 to through traffic between the town’s incorporated limits for up to five days at a time beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Weather permitting, the highway closure is expected to repeat Monday through Friday for four consecutive weeks. The highway is expected to be closed for a maximum total of twenty days. Access to all local businesses and residents will remain available.

The official signed detour will direct through traffic on U.S. 27:

Representatives from INDOT and Milestone Contractors plan to be at the Fountain City municipal building (312 W. Main St.) on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss project plans and answer questions. The $640,000 contract calls for full-depth pavement repairs, a complete asphalt resurface, and the installation of curb ramps.

Subscribe here to receive INDOT news and information for Wayne County by email. Updates are also available by liking Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.

To contact the INDOT East Central District Customer Service Center please call toll-free 1-855-463-6848 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 04:35 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond Launching One Year Associate Degree Program

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond is launching a one year associate degree program called Associate Accelerated Program (known as ASAP). The Richmond campus will offer an Associate of Science in Business Administration that can transfer to Indiana University East, Ball State University, and other colleges and universities. The degree is an excellent foundation for entering the workforce, and/or transferring to a variety of Bachelor of Business Administration programs across the State.

With the ASAP program, a student will complete their associate degree in one year instead of the traditional two year track. This should enable the majority of ASAP graduates to be placed at institutions at the junior level upon their admission.

Each ASAP student is assigned an academic and life skills coach that offers support and guidance throughout his or her year. Ivy Tech Richmond recently hired Tamika Bynum as the ASAP coordinator. Bynum has 13 years of experience in higher education, specifically, admissions. A Richmond native, she is a Richmond High School and Earlham College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Education. Bynum is active in the Wayne County Foundation Women’s Group and an Institute for Creative Leadership board member. A first generation college and graduate student, she is passionate about promoting and supporting youth seeking higher education and encouraging them to be lifelong learners, both professionally and personally.

“The ASAP program is a great way to earn a credential quickly and affordably, as well as develop personally, socially and academically,” says Bynum. “The ASAP program statewide has shown tremendous results with 86 percent earning a degree or still enrolled after twelve months, which is five times better than the average Ivy Tech Community College student.”

In 2013, the Lumina Foundation awarded a grant of more than $2.2 million to allow for expansion of the ASAP program statewide throughout Ivy Tech Community College. Along with that, local support from donations has helped fund Richmond efforts, including stipends for qualified students. Financial aid is available as well, including Pell Grants for those that qualify. Overall, the cost of the ASAP degree is less than a third compared to any other college in Indiana, and for students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, could be at little to no cost.

“Our ASAP degree is one of the many ways we are tailoring our programs to meet student needs,” says Chad Bolser, Ivy Tech Richmond/Connersville campus president. “We are striving for student success and seeing them graduate with a credential is the ultimate goal. When they graduate in one year instead of two, it’s a win-win.”

ASAP serves students graduating high school who are prepared to enter college academically, but face obstacles. The students attend school full-time, almost 40 hours a week. Students are also in a learning group, called a cohort, which allows them to form a close community and provide peer support for each other. Additional development learning will be provided for further exposure and access to community resources.

The first cohort group will begin June 2015. Interested candidates should visit to fill out an interest form, call 888-IVY-LINE, or speak with their high school guidance counselor. Contact Ms. Bynum at 765-966-2656 ext. 1131 or 800-659-4562 ext. 1131.

Visit for more information on the program and click on the link to view the ASAP story featured in the Wall Street Journal.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, June 02, 2014 - 11:18 am: Edit Post

Huddleston Farmers' Market
Poster: Huddleston Farmers' Market
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., June - October
Huddleston Farmhouse, 838 National Road, Cambridge City
For more information, email or call 765.478.3172.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 03:51 pm: Edit Post

3rd Fridays at the Gennett Mansion by Starr-Gennett
Flyer: 3rd Fridays with Starr Gennett
The Beat you can dance to..the Music you love to listen to...the Songs you love to sing... featuring The Branch Trio in the Gennett Mansion's Ballroom every Third Friday, August 15th and September 19th. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, call 765.962.2860.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 02:32 pm: Edit Post

Order Holiday Cheeseballs Now

Historic Centerville is taking orders for cheese balls for the holidays. All money goes toward the restoration and maintenance of the Mansion House property which includes the Salisbury Court House. The cheese balls are $6 each and come in the following flavors:

Email with orders. Cheese balls will be made on November 22.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 08, 2014 - 03:36 pm: Edit Post

Richmond native new director of Reid Foundation
Supplied Photo: Justin Burkhardt
Richmond native Justin Burkhardt is the new Director of Reid Hospital Foundation.

Burkhardt, a graduate of Richmond High School and Miami University in Oxford with a degree in Organizational Communication, assumes leadership of philanthropy efforts for Reid Foundation, an active organization that has raised funds to support patient care for the health system since 1975.

“We are excited to have Justin on our team,” said Randy Kirk, Reid Vice President and President of the Foundation. “His skills and knowledge of Reid and the region we serve will be a great asset for us going forward.”

Burkhardt’s experience includes being on the fund-raising team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center and most recently as Director of Resource Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.

“Reid Foundation has a well established and well respected program and team,” Burkhardt said. “I can’t wait to join in with efforts that support the nationally recognized health care provided by Reid.”

Burkhardt and his wife, Abby, have a four-year-old daughter, Lucy, and a two-year-old son, Archie.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:50 am: Edit Post

Eastbound I-70 Repairs This Weekend in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY – Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to continue this week with pavement repairs on Interstate 70 between Richmond and Centerville.

Milestone Contractors, the INDOT contractor for the $2.1 million project, plans to close the right lane of eastbound I-70 between Centerville Road (Exit 145) and U.S. 35/Williamsburg Pike (Exit 149) on Friday, September 19 at 9 p.m.

The area will remain restricted until Monday at 6 a.m. as crews remove and replace damaged pavement and allow new concrete adequate time to cure. This work could be postponed in the event of inclement weather.

Overnight and weekend I-70 lane restrictions should be expected through this summer as crews progress with pavement repairs in the Centerville and Richmond areas. Recurring overnight and weekend restrictions on I-70 should also be expected in Henry County and Hancock County.

Drivers are advised to practice safe habits – especially in highway work zones. Follow work zone speed limits, maintain safe distances from other vehicles, and avoid all distractions. For information on INDOT work zones and highway restrictions, go to or call toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

Subscribe to receive INDOT news and project information by email here. Updates are also available by liking the Indiana Department of Transportation East Central Facebook page and by following @INDOT_ECentral on Twitter.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 01:16 pm: Edit Post

Open house celebrates MediCenter, Reid partnership
Supplied Photo: Open House Honorees
(Left to right) Pharmacists Dave Rokosz and Peggy Rokosz, Dr. James Bertsch, Craig Towns, Brad Hester, Ben Austerman, Pharmacist Ken Newton, and Dr. Scott Marsteller

MediCenter Pharmacies and Reid celebrated a new partnership recently with an open house celebration at the Cambridge City location in Cutshaw’s Market.

Reid organizers said about 75 people stopped by for health screenings, including glucose, blood pressure and bone density testing. The staff from Hagerstown Family Practice, including Dr. Scott Marsteller, and from Cambridge City Family Medicine, including Dr. James Bertsch, were on hand to chat with community members.

The partnership between MediCenter Pharmacies, a group of community retail stores owned by pharmacists, and Reid is an example of a continuing major shift by caregivers nationally to better manage community health while reducing costs for providers and patients. The goal of the MediCenter Pharmacy and Reid partnership is to better manage compliance by patients with their medicines. The shift to population health management is one result of the Affordable Care Act, which puts an emphasis on hospitals playing a larger role in community health by helping to manage care beyond the health system’s campus. “So, health care organizations are working to structure their care to include all aspects of a patient’s life, through partnerships with other providers, pharmacies, and anyone who can have an impact on community wellness,” Hester said.

Currently, MediCenter Pharmacies operate in Cambridge City and Liberty. Cambridge City MediCenter Pharmacy, owned and operated by Ken Newton, is inside Cutshaw’s Market. Liberty MediCenter Pharmacy, owned and operated by the husband-wife pharmacy team of Dave and Peggy Rokosz, is in Woodruff’s Supermarket. MediCenter Pharmacies jointly owned by the Newtons, Rokosz’ and veteran pharmacy executive Don Schreiber have plans to expand in the Richmond and Connersville markets with Reid to better service patients and employees.

Newton said he sees communication as key, noting that patients who do not take medicines correctly are more likely to develop complications that might result in setbacks.

Dave Rokosz said the partnership aims to improve monitoring of overall patient care to help prevent complications and improve outcomes.

MediCenter Pharmacy services include compounding, auto refills, free delivery service; “synchronizing,” where all medications are filled at one time reducing trips for the patient; “dose packaging,” which puts medicines taken at the same time together for patients on multiple medications; and hands-on medication management. They share Reid’s vision of focusing on patient care across the continuum.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 01:31 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Richmond receives accreditation for Early Childhood Education degree programs

Richmond, Ind. – Two Early Childhood Education degree programs at Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The newly accredited Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program graduates may transfer to bachelor degree programs in Early Childhood Education. The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree program was reaccredited by the NAEYC. Students in both Richmond Early Childhood Education degree programs have the opportunity to learn in one of Indiana’s few Early Childhood Education preschools on a college campus.

“We are very excited about the NAEYC accreditation for our Early Childhood Education degree programs,” says Chad Bolser, Richmond/Connersville campus president. “Our academic teams are working constantly to assure our programs meet the highest level of credibility and prepare our students for success. They can experience hands-on learning with the laboratory school. This is truly a great learning environment for our Early Childhood Education students.”

The “laboratory” school at Ivy Tech Richmond provides future Early Childhood Education professionals first hand opportunities for observations, practicums and activities with children who are enrolled in a prekindergarten preparatory learning environment.

Students completing the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education have the professional skills to work with prekindergarten- third grade students. Students completing the Associate of Applied Science degree program have skills to work in Head Start, as paraprofessionals in elementary grades, lead their own preschools and be parent educators.

The Ivy Tech preschool is still accepting 3-5 year-olds for fall 2014 classes. For further information contact Kathy Campbell, associate professor of education, at or 765-966-2656 ext. 1145.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 11:46 am: Edit Post

First Ivy Tech Tom Raper Foundation Scholarships awarded for 2014-15 academic year

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond awarded the first Tom Raper Foundation, Inc. Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year to Richmond residents Dorothy Riley, Business Administration major and Sara Booth, Software Development major.

Booth and Riley received assistance with the cost of tuition, text books and other expenses associated with attending college.

Tom Raper, local philanthropist and former owner of Tom Raper RV’s, recently established an endowed scholarship for Ivy Tech Richmond students. Raper and his wife Suzanne created the scholarship to help Ivy Tech students learn skills that would help them become successful employees or employers.

Because of the Raper family’s generosity, the Center for Business Studies in Johnson Hall was recently named in honor of Tom Raper, who has shown that hard work and knowledge of sound business practices can lead to success.

Who we are:
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, September 08, 2014 - 02:59 pm: Edit Post

Reid Rock Steady Boxing celebrates a year helping fight Parkinson’s
Supplied Photo: Rock Steady Group Photo
Reid Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program designed to help people with Parkinson’s, recently celebrated its one-year birthday with a party for participants.

Brian Steele, Sports Health Manager, said this unique program has involved over 50 individuals with Parkinson’s. Most of the individuals that have been assessed have decided to join the boxing classes and are coming in up to three days a week for the 90-minute sessions. “Reid Neurology and other physicians have been very supportive of this program,” Steele said. “We are starting to see individuals within weeks of their diagnosis which will help them delay the effects of the disease.

“All of the metrics for our boxers have shown improvement,” Steele said.

The classes focus on overall fitness, with non-contact workouts that include ring work, punching bags, jump rope drills, calisthenics and weight training designed to address the specific symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Steele said the program continues to get rave reviews from participants, many of whom have found it helps with their symptoms including tremors, muscle rigidity and other challenges that come with the disease.

For information on the program, call (765) 983-3092.

To see a video on Rock Steady, CLICK HERE

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 01:30 pm: Edit Post

Indiana Ranked First in the Nation for Economic Development Website

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 9, 2014) – Indiana’s site and building online database,, was ranked first in the nation in Sigala Inc.'s State Ranking of Best Economic Development Site Selection Website Services study.

“Shopping happens online. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a new car or a new factory, you will probably start with a web search,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “By working closely with communities across the state, Indiana has organized its available sites in one place, making it easy for companies to find the best location for business. With this top-notch site and Indiana’s business-friendly climate, companies find effective tools for growth and job creation in the Hoosier State.”

The study, which was compiled by California-based Sigala Inc., compared and ranked all 50 states’ online site selection analysis and assistance websites based on 300 variables related to four major functional site location categories: lead generation, community search, property search and location analysis.

The study ranked Indiana’s site selection website first in the nation for overall excellence, with the website also receiving the top ranking in the Midwest and top ranking among medium size population states. Within the four major categories, Indiana ranked first in lead generation, which includes the website’s initiatives to drive traffic back to the website, and ranked in the top three for location analysis, which includes the website’s data, data categories and ability for visitors to customize data analysis. The state also received the top ranking for its community search function, a function which allows companies to effectively select the correct location to meet its expansion or relocation needs.

With functionality that integrates available site and building properties, community statistics, business information, interactive heat maps and Indiana certified shovel ready site data in a one-stop location, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) launched in 2009 to streamline the Indiana location search process for businesses looking to expand or locate to the Hoosier State. Built by GIS Planning, the website was also recently offered to counties across Indiana to utilize the website’s resources to promote their local communities.

In addition to being accessible directly by visiting, the site selection website can also be reached through IEDC’s main website,, a site that serves as the primary digital source for showcasing Indiana’s pro-business climate and strong workforce to businesses around the world.

About IEDC
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

What's Happening Along the Trail in 2014
Flyer: Cardinal Greenways Trail Events
For more information, check the Cardinal Greenways website or sign up for BikeTOURberfest at For more information, contact Denise Retz at 765-977-2886 or

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:53 am: Edit Post

Manufacturing jobs skills training scheduled at Ivy Tech Richmond

Richmond, Ind. - Manufacturing Matters (MM), the skills training program for high demand local manufacturing jobs, is accepting applications for the class that starts October 6. The deadline for applications is September 19. Ivy Tech Corporate College and WorkOne staff teach the classes on the Ivy Tech Community College Richmond campus. Apply online at:

Qualified applicants receive a full scholarship worth $2600 for the 10 week, 172 hour manufacturing training and individual development program. Eric Matthews, a June graduate, says, “Things I had heard about, now I know about”.

To qualify for the program applicants must pass a skills assessment, WorkKeys as a silver level, take part in an interview, commit to a training schedule and pass a drug screen. The class will be the fourth since the program began in October 2013.

The program, one of 17 nationwide, was selected in June to receive a $150,000 three-year grant to help area residents with skills needed for regional manufacturing jobs. The grant, through the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)/Walmart Foundation, will be used to enhance the quality of the program and to expand the initiative regionally. Karen Koppinger, a June class graduate, says, “MM means bigger, better employment – a chance for a career rather than just a job”.

The training includes Safety; Quality and Measurement; Manufacturing Production; and Maintenance Awareness. Participants learn valuable skills and receive an orientation to what it’s like to work in manufacturing – equipping them to make better decisions in seeking employment. Participants can prepare to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The certification also counts toward six academic credits at Ivy Tech Community College in an academic program.

How to apply: Go to The deadline to apply online for the October class is September 19. Questions: Contact WorkOne representatives: Bob Hays or Gail Martin at 765-962-8591 in Wayne County, Cherry Harvey or Leslie Shaul at 765-825-3191 in Fayette County, and 765-932-5921 in Rush County.

Area manufacturing employer partners include: Color-Box, Emerson Climate Technologies, GE Roots Connersville, Johns Manville, Primex Plastics Corporation, Richmond Baking Company, Stant USA Corporation, Trane/Ingersoll Rand and Vandor Corporation.

Funding partners include: Duke Energy, the Economic Growth Group, Wayne County Foundation, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County.

Manufacturing Matters is a collaborative effort of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation, Economic Development Group of Fayette County, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Connersville Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s Office City of Richmond, Mayor’s Office City of Connersville, Mayor’s Office City of Rushville, WorkOne, Ivy Tech Corporate College and manufacturing employers.

(Message edited by Admin on August 26, 2014)

By Theresa Smillie (Tsmillie) on Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:43 am: Edit Post

Help the Animals Inc. has been invited to attend this years Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair!

We are thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in which participants and sponsors of the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair have contributed well over $200,000 to area organizations over the past 9 years! HELP the Animals would like to thank the organizers for inviting us.

The Holidays are just around the corner, and this is an opportunity for the community to give a meaningful donation to their favorite cause in a loved ones honor! We will be there and offering multiple gift choices that will provide food shelter and medical services to all of the animals in our care until they can find their forever homes. Gifts come complete with certificate of donation, information about HELP the Animals Inc., reusable box, ribbon and is tax deductible.

The Fair will be held on December 6th, 2014, 12pm-3pm at Morrisson-Reeves Library, Richmond, IN 47374.

HELP the Animals, Inc.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 10:31 am: Edit Post

NSY Book Discussion 2014 Summer /Fall Schedule

The Not So Young Book Discussions are designed for adults who love to read teen and young adult novels. Discussions are held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters book store, 193 Ft. Wayne
Avenue, Richmond, IN. Here’s a list of upcoming dates and books:

For more information call Peggy Booker at 765-966-4161 or email us at

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