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By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 05:07 pm: Edit Post

Jigsaw Puzzle Features Area Murals
Photo: Mural Jigsaw Puzzle
The New Wayne County Mural Puzzle has arrived at the Old National Road Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East, Richmond, IN. It Includes many of the new Murals in Richmond and Wayne County and it is a 500 piece puzzle of great quality. For more information, call 765.935.8687.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 01:37 pm: Edit Post

Join the 4-H Natural Resources Club
Logo: Natural Resources Club Logo
If you have an interest in an of the 4-H Natural Resources Projects (Beekeeping, Emtomology, Forestry, Geology, Shooting Sports, Sport Fishing, Soil & Water or Wildlife) or just love learning about the outdoors and having fun, have we got an opportunity for you! Wayne County 4-H, in partnership with Cope Environmental Center and Hayes Arboretum is teaming up to offer a new 4-H Natural Resources Club! We will have monthly outings around the county, learning abou the incredible natural wonders all around us. When possible and appropriate, we will be outdoors doing hands-on activities, listening to guest speakers and having fun!

Our first outing will be on Tuesday, December 30th at Hayes Arboretum from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Come learn about birds, wildlife, animal tracks and food chains. (Parents, you are welcome to stay and participate with your 4-H'ers!)

If you haven't joined 4-H, you can do so online anytime at

Questions? Call the Extension Office at 765.973.9281 Please call by December 23rd to register!

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 04:52 pm: Edit Post

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Platinum Partners Pledge Additional First Bank Richmond, Richmond Baking Company and West End Bank Pledge Additional $5,000 Each in Support for Chamber of Commerce

Richmond, IN—The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the generous support of First Bank Richmond, Richmond Baking Company and West End Bank above and beyond membership dues and partnership fees. Each company has pledged an additional $5,000 each to continue advancing bright futures.

Chamber president and CEO Amy Holthouse said, “This was an overwhelming surprise. We are fortunate to have such supportive partners as we continue our work in Wayne County. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to First Bank Richmond, Richmond Baking Company and West End Bank.”

First Bank Richmond president Gary Kleer said, “The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce has been a vital resource in our community for a long time. The decision was easy to continue our annual support and we are excited to continue as one of the leadership sponsors of the “School is Cool” program. These are the types of programming that make a difference in our community.

Richmond Baking Company president Bill Quigg said, “Our company feels, personally and professionally, that the Chamber is the single biggest advocate for business in our area. We are proud to support the Chamber above and beyond as an avenue for growth in Richmond and Wayne County. We support the direction that the Chamber is moving in and are excited to be a part of the momentum.”

West End Bank president John McBride said, “Due to the fact that the Chamber is the only effective voice for business in Wayne County, West End Bank believes it to be a program worthy of substantial support. There was no hesitation when it came to increasing our commitment to the Chamber.”

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce works diligently to offer quality programs and to advocate for the members. Holthouse said, “We are always adjusting to the needs of our membership and this will give us some flexibility to grow our programing in new ways.”

Incoming Chamber board chair Natalie Richert-Sumner said, “This is going to be a great year for the Chamber and I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization. There is no better way to be connected to the community than through the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, and we host a wide variety of activities that offer something for everyone. We invite our members, their associates and those who would like to learn more about the Chamber to attend our informative programs, networking opportunities and first class events this year. Come and join us: You will be glad you did.”

Holthouse added, “There are still opportunities to partner with the Chamber. To ask about our partner program for 2015, please give us a visit at 33 South 7th Street or call us at 765-962-1511.”

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life.

The organization does this by providing network opportunities, developing strategic partnerships like and a number of initiatives, including the School is Cool program, the Community Improvement Awards, Manufacturing Matters, and hosting local political debates and more.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 04:39 pm: Edit Post

Ivy Tech Community College Richmond announces Express Enrollment holiday hours, December 22 – January 3

Richmond, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Community College Richmond’s Express Enrollment Center will have holiday hours Monday, Dec. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 3. New and returning students can complete the enrollment process in one day. The Express Enrollment Center is in Johnson Hall on the Richmond campus.

Richmond Express Enrollment Center Holiday Hours
Monday, December 22 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 23 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 24 8 am – 12 pm (ALL IVY TECH OFFICES CLOSE AT NOON)

Monday, December 29 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, December 30 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, December 31 8 am – 12 pm (ALL IVY TECH OFFICES CLOSE AT NOON)
Friday, January 2 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 3 9 am – 1 pm – EXPRESS ENROLLMENT DAY!


Monday, January 5 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, January 6 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, January 7 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday, January 8 8 am – 6 pm – EXPRESS ENROLLMENT DAY FROM 10am – 4pm!
Friday, January 9 8 am – 5 pm – EXPRESS ENROLLMENT DAY FROM 10am – 4pm!
Saturday, January 10 9 am – 1 pm – EXPRESS ENROLLMENT DAY!

New and returning students will be able to work alongside staff who will assist them with the enrollment process including: applying for admission, new student orientation, taking the ACCUPLACER assessment (if they do not have SAT/ACT/SAT scores, high school transcript or college transcript for an assessment waiver), financial aid verification and completion assistance, and connecting with an academic advisor to complete an academic completion plan and to register for classes. Please arrive at least two hours prior to the Center’s closing time, if you need to complete the Accuplacer assessment.

Spring semester classes start Monday, January 12.

For more information, contact the Express Enrollment Center 765-966-2656 ext. 1202 or call 888-IVY-LINE (1-888-489-5463), 7am-1am daily.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 01:06 pm: Edit Post

Veach's Plans Craft Workshops, Prepares for Visit from Santa
Flyer: Veach's Toy Station Holiday Flyer

For more information, visit or call 765.962.5761.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 06:09 pm: Edit Post

Preliminary Results: 2014 Challenge Match Reaches $1 Million in Total Community Benefit

All 40 Participating Organizations Exceed Their Match Goals

The Wayne County Foundation announced today that the organizations participating in its 2014 Challenge Match raised more than $772,500 in community contributions. This amount, plus the Foundation match, will result in approximately $1,003,800 in total benefit to the community.

“We knew this year was going to be big, but I don’t think anyone imagined anything like this,” said Steve Borchers, executive director of the Foundation. “This represents a 45% increase in community contributions over last year.”

The Foundation, with the help of a dozen Challenge Match Sponsors, offered $231,300 to 40 local organizations that raised an equal or greater amount of money during a 12-day match period in November. Although the numbers are still being verified, it appears as though the community contributed more than $772,500 – resulting in a total charitable benefit of approximately $1,003,800.

Last year the program generated $702,000 for 35 local non-profits, including $169,250 of matching money from the Foundation.

“Thanks to our Challenge Match Sponsors, we had more money available and we were able to involve more organizations this year,” said Chris Hardie, Foundation Board Chair. “We really appreciate their contributions, as well as the coverage by our local newspapers and radio stations. Without them the match wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as it was.”

The Challenge Match Partners included: Brady Ware; the Connie and Roger Green Donor Advised Fund; the Fund for Tomorrow; Richard E. Jeffers; the King Family Donor Advised Fund; Paul and Pat Lingle; Richmond Baking; the Rosar Donor Advised Fund; Steven E. and Margie Stoller; Dave and Carla Stidham; US Bank; and Wayne Bank and Trust Co.

This was also the first year that every participating organization exceeded their match goals. The goals were set in relation to the size of the organization’s budget and the strength of their proposal to leverage the Foundation’s match.

“A number of organizations this year were even able to secure donors to ‘match their match,’” said Borchers. “That’s really exciting.”

“We look forward to releasing all the details of the 2014 Challenge Match later this month, once our confirmation process is complete,” said Borchers. “Any adjustments notwithstanding, these results speak volumes about the tremendous generosity here in Wayne County and the remarkable work being done by our not-for-profit organizations.”

The Wayne County Foundation seeks to encourage philanthropy, enhance the spirit of community, and improve the quality of life throughout the area, now and for future generations.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

NRC accepting public comment on rules proposals

The Natural Resources Commission is accepting public comment on proposed changes to a number of administrative rules related to the management of fish and wildlife in Indiana.

The Commission is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The Commission includes the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Environmental Management, Tourism, and Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan basis, the chair of the Commission’s advisory council, and the president of the Indiana Academy of Science.

Currently open for comment are amendments to several rules governing deer hunting, including the use of high-powered rifles during deer hunting season, as well as bag limits on panfish, and a suspension of the ruffed grouse hunting season. The proposals are collectively referred to as the Biennial Rule Amendment Package.

Also open for comment is a proposed rule to establish a river otter trapping season. The river otter proposal comment deadline is Dec. 11. A public hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. that day at the Plainfield Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road in Plainfield.

The NRC Division of Hearings accepts public comments three ways:

Background on the proposed changes is available at

Also available on that web page is information on proposed changes to rules governing size and bag limits for catfish and several permits/commercial licenses that received preliminary adoption by the NRC. The online comment form has not been posted yet for these proposals, but written comments can be sent to the NRC Division of Hearings at the address listed.

Public hearings and comment deadlines have not been scheduled yet for the catfish proposal, the biennial rule amendment package, or the permit/commercial license rule package. Sign up for Wild Bulletin to receive updates about these proposed rule changes that will include deadlines for comments and public hearing information at

For questions or more information email

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 06:03 pm: Edit Post

NATCO Credit Union's Community Empowerment Center is National Award Winner

Richmond, Ind. – CUNA (Credit Union National Association) announced that Natco Credit Union was selected as the first place national winner of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award in the asset size of $50 million to $100 million.

“Each year, credit unions across Indiana have the opportunity to compete with other credit unions in their asset category for the Dora Maxwell award,” explained CEO Cindy Duke.

“This year, we submitted an entry based on the Natco Community Empowerment Center (NCEC) and all of the work being done through the center. The main focus of the NCEC has always been our community and creating programs that will help members of the community make improvements in their lives and become self-sustaining. The NCEC serves as a “one stop shop”, providing no-cost programs and services that assist individuals and families in our community to move from poverty to self-sustainability.”

On October 17, Natco Credit Union was recognized as a first place state winner. The winning entry was forwarded to CUNA for the national competition. As the first place national winner, the credit union will be recognized at a special event in Washington, D.C. in March.

About Natco Credit Union
Natco Credit Union is a community based, not-for-profit credit union committed to providing
an alternative to other financial institutions. In our commitment to people helping people, Natco Credit Union’s mission is to strengthen community through economic empowerment one step at a time.

Natco Credit Union currently serves over 12,400 members and is over $68 million in assets.

Our services are available to any industrial workers or family member within a 25 mile radius of Richmond, IN. Membership is also available to any family member of an existing member. We currently provide services to the employees of 95 select employee groups.

About Dora Maxwell, namesake of the award
Dora Maxwell was a credit union pioneer who worked with numerous organizations to improve the living standards of the poor and needy. Many years ago, the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Program was established to encourage credit union involvement in community projects and activities.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 02:08 pm: Edit Post

Reid Community Benefit grants almost $60,000 to area groups

Six community organizations in the region are the recipients of almost $60,000 in Reid Community Benefit grants approved for the third quarter, including programs that help youth activities, feed the needy and promote education.

A committee of Reid’s governing board meets quarterly to review grant requests, which are awarded as part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization. The grants support efforts that have direct impact on community health needs that are determined in detailed surveys every three years. Continuum of Care Director Billie Kester said the third quarter grants brought the total of grants for the year to more than $300,000, illustrating the significant investment being made to help improve community health.

The grants included:

In addition to grants, the Reid’s Community Benefit department provides donations such as food, medical supplies, linens and used equipment to not-for-profit entities. In a direct medical initiative, Reid’s mammogram and prostate screening programs are offered free to qualified individuals upon physician referral, are covered by Community Benefit funds and underwritten by Reid Foundation.

Community Benefit is the basis of the tax-exemption of not-for-profit hospitals. Reid, like all not-for-profit health care organizations, demonstrates commitment to community service through organized and sustainable community benefit programs by providing free and discounted care to those unable to afford it, care to low-income beneficiaries of Medicaid and other indigent care programs, and services designed to improve community health and increase access to care.

By Jane Holman (Admin) on Monday, December 15, 2014 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

Reid, Reid Physician Associates join organization in preparation to become Medicare ACO

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services and Reid Physician Associates (RPA) have joined an innovative program to help our patients maintain their health and improve access to our services.

The new program is called the National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium (NRACO), which, as the name states, is tailored especially for rural areas like those served by Reid and RPA. The Consortium will help Reid and RPA work with our medical community and with Medicare patients to help ensure that they are given the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Part of this new process will be to add additional care coordinators who will work closely with doctors and community resources to assist patients stay healthy, secure care when needed, avoid repetitive tests, and navigate the health care system.

The NRACO creates Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in rural areas to permit health care organizations to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Our goal is to manage the costs of providing care in a more efficient way while achieving the highest levels of quality, customer service, and patient satisfaction.

Program activities include setting up advanced care coordination programs to provide additional services to the most vulnerable patients, and promotion of population health and wellness.

Reid is already undertaking activities to prepare to become a Medicare ACO. Medicare patients may hear from a primary care provider who would like to schedule a free Annual Wellness Visit (no copay).

More information about the Medicare Shared Savings Program is available at am/

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